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Let cross-wiki users set preferences for what types of notifications they see where
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The visibility of notifications across wikis opens a lot of possibilities in terms of user preferences and the needed degree of control. For example users may found useful to get Wikipedia related notifications from the different wikipedia language editions they participate in, but they may find it distracting to get notifications from Commons.

Aspects to consider:

  • The impact of unwanted cross-notificatons. Because of bundling, getting cross-notifications does not crowd the users notifications panel. It just adds one more notification item (that can be discarded). It has however, an effect in the notification counter.
  • Managing settings on different wikis. Providing may detailed options on each wiki may result in a high flexibility but it may become impractical to adjust if the user is required to move across many different wikis and keep the global state in his/her head.

Some scenarios

Some initial scenarios were discussed, more needs to be analysed in this area:

  • Use case 1: I’m on frwiki, get notified from Commons that my image was used on arwiki; I find these notifs spammy and don’t want to receive them anywhere, even on Commons.
    • This doesn’t need to be a global preference if you’re okay with never seeing these notifications. It’s just a cross-wiki POST request to a specific wiki
    • Can be integrated à la volume control (T115264)
  • Use case 2: I find a notif type that’s off by default, like it, want to switch it on, don’t want to go through 900 wikis to do it.
  • Use case 3: I don’t want to see notifs from Commons except when I’m on Commons
    • (should we support this?)
  • Use case 4: I want to mute all external notifications on a specific wiki
    • Could be addressed by keeping beta feature pref around (but probably not as a beta feature)

See also:

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Elitre added a subscriber: Elitre.Feb 16 2016, 11:01 AM

User case 5: user needs to be notified in priority about what happen on its home wiki.

Nizil added a subscriber: Nizil.Mar 11 2016, 9:11 AM
Nizil added a comment.EditedMar 11 2016, 8:00 PM

This is my rough idea of "control panel".

  • First: define your most active wiki
  • second:notification setting of those wikis in table form
Stryn added a subscriber: Stryn.Mar 25 2016, 5:45 PM
jmatazzoni renamed this task from Define Cross-wiki Notifications settings to Finer-Grain Preferences for Cross-wiki Notifications.Mar 28 2016, 7:54 PM
jmatazzoni renamed this task from Finer-Grain Preferences for Cross-wiki Notifications to Let cross-wiki users set preferences for what types of notifications they see where.Mar 28 2016, 8:00 PM
MGChecker renamed this task from Let cross-wiki users set preferences for what types of notifications they see where to Let cross-wiki users set preferences for what types of notifications they see where.Mar 30 2016, 9:12 PM
Quiddity mentioned this in Unknown Object (Task).Apr 2 2016, 8:42 AM
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Quiddity updated the task description. (Show Details)Jun 2 2016, 7:15 PM

Use case #4 is possible with the Preferences option. Use case #2 is now also possible thanks to the global preferences.

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