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Is it possible to use Echo to be personally notified about...

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)
  1. special community initiatives starting, such as a "Backlog of the week"-drive (on it.wp watchlist notices were introduced just recently and anyway site-wide notices are not really welcome);
  2. specific templates being added to an article, such as "Unreferenced"?

Both the requests are from the Italian Wikipedia community. Thanks,

Elitre (talkcontribs)

Bumping this. Also adding:

  1. what if wikiprojects newsletters, instead than being delivered to single users, were delivered just to the talk page of the project itself while users only get a personal notification that this happened?
  2. does any wiki use a template to notify several users at a time? i.e. something like {{Echo|Elitre|Quiddity|Ironholds|...}}?


Elitre (talkcontribs)
  1. Are there plans to let users choose which pages they want to get notifications for?
Quiddity (talkcontribs)

Ack, sorry Elitre, I thought I'd replied to this thread ages ago.

  • Re: special community initiatives - It's not currently possible to send Notifications to thousands of users at once. (there's a hard limit of 100.)
  • It's not currently possible to use Echo for that second idea, but it's an interesting one. That's the kind of thing that Flow might eventually solve (because it's more of a workflow&collaboration idea, rather than a "messaging" idea)
    • However, there's Svick's system of "CleanupListingByCat", eg Jainism which might be adaptable by Italian code gurus?

  • Template to ping multiple users:
    • Enwiki has a few. Basically anything that strings together userpage links will work. See en:Template:Reply to, and also the "Related templates" section at the bottom there.
  • Newsletters delivered to a central page -
    • Current best method is to use Extension:MassMessage to send a short talkpage message, pointing to the central location. That way readers can archive or read at leisure, and it advertises the info-source to other talkpage-followers.
    • See also Extension:Newsletter for some closely-related ideas about exactly this.

  • Choosing which pages users get notifications for -
    • There's a request for bugzilla:44787 ("Allow excluding pages from the link notifications").
    • There's also a User blacklist currently implemented (for bots etc) to prevent Mention notifications.
    • I don't think there are requests for excluding other notification types, if you were thinking of something else?
Elitre (talkcontribs)

Thanks, Quiddity! What about pages I didn't create but I want to receive notifications for?

Quiddity (talkcontribs)

Hmmm, interesting idea! I think the 2 notification-types of

  • Page links
  • Page reviews

would be specifically what you mean?

Again, I'm not sure if this crosses over into a requested Flow-feature (rather than an Echo-feature)... It's very similar to some of the workflows that are being considered as potential parts of Flow (eg. finding out that a page on my watchlist was tagged for AfD, or a page connected to one of my wikiprojects was submitted to FeaturedArticleCandidates, or etc). We're/They're still trying to find the balance of how to use Echo most effectively, but without turning it into something too feature-heavy, at the same time as brainstorming how Flow could work. As always, more thoughts and suggestions would be great! :)

Danmichaelo (talkcontribs)

There's also an interesting template on Wikidata: d:Template:Ping_project, which notifies a list of users without showing the list in the message.

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