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Reconsider how users can be contacted (email, talk page, notifications) on wikis where they have never edited but have logged-in.
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Currently, when users create a Wikimedia account they can receive notifications from any project of any language if someone writes on their talk page, via Echo notification for @mentions, and/or via Special:EmailUser — for wikis where they have visited while logged-in.

It's not feasible for a user to go to each project and set their preferences, and most users assumedly don't understand that they can be emailed at all, let alone from different communities. Abusive users can easily evade single project blocks to spam another user.

The default should probably be set to allow communication on wikis where a user has 1+ edits but disallow communication if the user has 0 edits. We should also consider an education feature for users to understand how to control these preferences.


See also: T164542: Epic: ⚡️ General user mute/block feature for features that allow users to control who can communicate with them on wikis where they have logged-in and edited.

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Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptJul 6 2017, 10:07 PM
Bugreporter added a subscriber: Bugreporter.EditedJul 7 2017, 9:08 AM

I don't think this is useful. User may just make a random edit to enable the email function then.

BTW: In fact in my opinion lack of communication channel after the user is blocked is a more important issue. I even think we should set up some method to appeal even if both the user's email and talk page access are revoked, such as something like a global UTRS. (See here ) Currently the user can email the administrator in another project but we don't advertize it.

jrbs added a subscriber: jrbs.Jul 7 2017, 5:58 PM
TBolliger renamed this task from Reconsider how users can be contacted (email, talk page, notifications) on wikis where they have never edited to Reconsider how users can be contacted (email, talk page, notifications) on wikis where they have never edited but have logged-in..Aug 23 2017, 6:37 PM
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