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More clearly described Notification options in Preferences
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I think that notification options in user's preferences should be more clearly described (translated). I suppose it's kind of hard for an average user to figure it out what particular option actually means. Even with description behind the question mark I hardly know what the option is about. Is it possible to make it more "description (longer) way", like:

  • Someone leaves me a message on my talk page
  • Someone thanks me for my edit
  • Translations (what exactly is the purpose of this?)
  • Someone mentions me with a link to my user page
  • My mention of someone is not sent (for what reasons?)
  • My mention of someone is sent
  • Page link (what happens here?)
  • Someone reviews a page I've created (what does "review" mean?)
  • Someone changes my user rights
  • Someone reverts my edit
  • Someone sends me an e-mail
  • Education Program

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I would favor expanding the help text in the tool-tips over expanding the labels. Keeping them short gives us the option to present them on mobile and other small-screen contexts.

Hi @kostajh, I'll like to work on this issue.
I have set up the Wikimedia core repo and also the Echo extension.
Do we need to only make changes in the description of i18n\en.json only?

Hello @Shivanshbindal9, I apologize but I meant to unlist this task a microtask. The reason is that the expanded descriptions need to be written before we can implement the updates. If and when that happens, I'll re-list this task.

We will work on this next Fiscal Year, because we believe updating language will help users navigate their preferences.

It would be nice if every single notification type defined a description, and the help test listed the descriptions for all the notifications belonging to that category.
(Apparently a very limited form of this exists at Special:DisplayNotificationsConfiguration.)