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Bug 31928 - Enable users to set their preferences to receive watchlist notifications regardless of whether the page has been visited
Enable users to set their preferences to receive watchlist notifications rega...
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Email (Other open bugs)
1.22.0
All All
: Low enhancement with 2 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Blocks: 1932
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Reported: 2011-10-24 19:44 UTC by Sue Gardner
Modified: 2014-11-17 10:34 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Sue Gardner 2011-10-24 19:44:27 UTC
AFAIK there is not way for a user to set their preferences so that they continue to receive e-mail notifications of changes to the pages on their watchlist, even if they do not visit the page after the most recent notification.

When I get notifications, they are accompanied by messages like this: "There will be no other notifications in case of further changes unless you visit this page." and this: "Note that additional changes to the page "User talk:Sue Gardner" will not result in any further notifications, until you have logged in and visited the page."

This makes me crazy: it's terribly user-unfriendly. I have a lot of pages that I monitor, and every time I receive a notification I worry that if I don't visit the page afterwards while logged in, I will never be notified again. (For example, I am not logged-in on my phone. If I receive a notification, I will often visit the page immediately from my phone, but since I am not logged in, the system will not realize I've done that. So I need to remember to visit *again*, from a logged-in computer.)

The system seems to have a strong built-in assumption that I do not want to be notified, and it requires me to continually reaffirm, by visiting the page while logged-in, that I do indeed want to continue receiving notifications. I think this is the wrong bias. If I've put a page on my watchlist, and requested e-mail notifications of changes to the page, I think I've made my preference clear, and shouldn't need to continually reaffirm it. 

I would love to see this changed, such that once I have requested e-mail notifications of changes to pages on my watchlist, I will continue to receive notifications of all changes to all pages on my watchlist until I request otherwise.

Thanks!
Comment 1 Daniel Friesen 2011-10-25 03:25:04 UTC
Similar thought here.

Additionally I think any link we send in an e-mail expecting the link click to reaffirm should contain something like ?forcelogin=1 to ensure that the user does not visit the page and think they've reaffirmed when they haven't.
Or perhaps some sort of ?wlaffirm=token instead so the user doesn't actually have to login.
Comment 3 T. Gries 2011-11-04 06:40:04 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> AFAIK there is not way for a user to set their preferences so that they
> continue to receive e-mail notifications of changes to the pages on their
> watchlist, even if they do not visit the page after the most recent
> notification.
> 
> When I get notifications, they are accompanied by messages like this: "There
> will be no other notifications in case of further changes unless you visit this
> page." and this: "Note that additional changes to the page "User talk:Sue
> Gardner" will not result in any further notifications, until you have logged in
> and visited the page."
> 
> This makes me crazy: it's terribly user-unfriendly. I have a lot of pages that
> I monitor...

Sue, I designed that this way end of 2004. Otherwise, for example, returning from a longer leave and checking your mails, your mailbox will be flooded with thousands of mails (see Confluence-Wiki: this wiki can only mail for _every_ change).

But your requested change is technically possible. Regarding bandwidth of servers, internet, and server load, I have doubts if such an option can be allowed for the mass user. This option should be bound to users with a new permission "permission-enotif-can-opt-in-every-change-is-notified"

Technically, in /includes/UserMailer.php the check for

385 // Build a list of users to notfiy (s/notfiy/notify)
...
395 	'wl_notificationtimestamp IS NULL',

is to be ignored for such users who opted in for a to-be-implemented option "Send e-mail notification for every change on pages I watch", whereas 
setting the flag should be done as usual to keep track of time when an enotif has been sent:

// Update wl_notificationtimestamp for all watching users except
404 	$dbw->begin();
405 	$dbw->update( 'watchlist',
406 	array( /* SET */
407 	'wl_notificationtimestamp' => $dbw->timestamp( $timestamp )

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