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Bug 227 - "mail this article to someone" feature
"mail this article to someone" feature
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
1.5.x
All All
: Lowest enhancement with 4 votes (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: T. Gries
:
: 5715 9451 14279 15325 19660 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks:
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Reported: 2004-08-26 22:42 UTC by elian
Modified: 2014-07-20 20:22 UTC (History)
10 users (show)

See Also:
Web browser: ---
Mobile Platform: ---
Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description elian 2004-08-26 22:42:48 UTC
Some users of the german wikipedia proposed an "e-mail this article"-button to
be added to the interface.

remarks of elian: should be available only to logged-in users who provided an
e-mail-address to prevent abuse and potential legal trouble.
Comment 1 SJ 2004-08-27 01:14:29 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> Some users of the german wikipedia proposed an "e-mail this article"-button to
> be added to the interface.
> 
> remarks of elian: should be available only to logged-in users who provided an
> e-mail-address to prevent abuse and potential legal trouble.

I have heard this suggested many times, both on VP and inserted into tangential 
discussions of outreach to new potential Wikipedians.
Comment 2 Kurt Jansson 2004-08-28 18:24:39 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> remarks of elian: should be available only to logged-in users who provided an
> e-mail-address to prevent abuse and potential legal trouble.

But this would very much reduce the usefulness of this feature. I can imagine
many casual readers sending articles to their friends, who are experts in a
certain field, to judge and maybe correct them.

There might be a legal risk, and we have to look into this, but OTOH many sites
have such a feature, e.g. heise.de.
Comment 3 Timwi 2004-08-28 22:24:34 UTC
Personally, I think this feature is perfectly feasible even without restricting
it to logged-in users, as long as an IP ban can be used to prevent persistent
abusers from using it.  Additionally, maybe there should be a rate limit.
Comment 4 Thilo Pfennig 2005-01-02 23:04:12 UTC
I am against, because it means that emails will be sent and this is allways
complicated or makes things more complex/new problems.
Comment 5 T. Gries 2005-01-02 23:19:33 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> I am against, because it means that emails will be sent and this is allways
> complicated or makes things more complex/new problems.

Dear Thilo,

I have programmed Email notification and authentication. Assumed, that the
sender (the one who will send an article to a friend) and the recipient
(=friend) have both authenticated addresses, which will be prerequisite in 1.5
to make use of the enhanced email features such as EmailUser and ENotif, I
currently don't see any reason, why this feature should not be allowed for
registered users.

(To be honest, I relatively often missed that feature in the past.)

The Enotif is http://bugzilla.wikipedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=454 and EAuthen is
http://bugzilla.wikipedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=866 and are available in CVS HEAD
(i.e. the forthcoming 1.5 version). If you are interested in this, you could
check out the version and test it.

Brion is going to set up this version as test.wikipedia.org upon his return in
the States.

Tom
Comment 6 T. Gries 2005-01-02 23:21:46 UTC
I committed myself to implement this feature. Perhaps I implement also a user
option, where (wiki-) users can opt-out to receive such info-mails.
Comment 7 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-12-15 21:27:03 UTC
I would like to mail my enemies as well, rectified summary.
Comment 8 Rob Church 2005-12-15 21:59:49 UTC
(In reply to comment #6)
> I committed myself to implement this feature. Perhaps I implement also a user
> option, where (wiki-) users can opt-out to receive such info-mails.

But are you implementing it to be patched into MediaWiki, or into your own fork?
If the latter, please un-assign this bug to yourself, so that we know it needs
to be done for the main code still.
Comment 9 Brion Vibber 2005-12-15 22:08:37 UTC
Every browser I've seen in the last few years has an "e-mail this page" feature already.
Closing as WONTFIX, as it's redundant and opens extra spamming opportunities with little 
benefit.
Comment 10 Rob Church 2006-04-25 19:32:30 UTC
*** Bug 5715 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Brion Vibber 2007-03-29 21:11:57 UTC
*** Bug 9451 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Brion Vibber 2008-05-28 00:45:37 UTC
*** Bug 14279 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 Brion Vibber 2008-08-26 18:33:00 UTC
*** Bug 15325 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Brion Vibber 2009-07-13 16:45:26 UTC
*** Bug 19660 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 15 Mark A. Hershberger 2011-08-17 18:24:10 UTC
*** Bug 24359 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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