Last modified: 2007-01-08 21:44:43 UTC
I've been wondering about this for a while now - when a user recieves
a new message on his/her talk page, they get that lovely and
prominent "you have new messages" banner at the top of each page.
Sometimes though, users want some down time away from wikipedia - to
be honest I'd be suprised if that statement didn't account for the
majority of users.
Given the purpose of talk pages (ie, for the community to get in touch
with a user), would it not be to the benefit of both the community and
the user if (just like almost every forum out there on the web), each
registered user had an option in their preferences to recieve a simple
email notification of a new message. Just like every forum out there
of course, it would only send a notification for the first message,
and not send one again until the user has visited the talk page.
Alternatively, A weekly email could be sent out with a summary of new
talk page sections from over the last week, which would be perhaps
useful in cases where a user is on an extended leave from wiki.
Apparently Wikipedia Commons already has this feature. Surely a simple
matter of turning it on?
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5220 ***