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Unexpected Wikidata notification on Wikipedia
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Description

User experience / Backstory

On August 3, I began receiving notifications on English Wikipedia about categories that have been connected to Wikidata items. They appear at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Notifications and look like this:

The page ‪Category:3rd-century Moorish people‬ was connected to the Wikidata item Q55947888, which contains data relevant to the topic.

They do not appear at https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Special:Notifications

I have reviewed both Wikipedia preferences and Wikidata preferences, I have not activated the "Connection with Wikidata" option in either section.

I am not sure if this a longstanding issue, or if I have only just noticed it because Wikidata user ‪GZWDer (flood) has been exceptionally active lately. I don't recall receiving any such notifications in the past, and in the past 2 days I have received 13 such notifications.

The Bug

I would like to stop receiving these notifications and I see no option by which to do this. I would expect the "Connection with Wikidata" option at English Wikipedia preferences to deactivate these notifications and it does not.

Event Timeline

matej_suchanek added a subscriber: matej_suchanek.

I would expect the "Connection with Wikidata" option at English Wikipedia preferences to deactivate these notifications

Indeed valid expectation. Please visit this and report what you see next to echo-subscriptions-web-wikibase-action.

Also, have you already played with global preferences (have you set your notification preferences as global)?

It appears this was a mistake on my part.

The Wikipedia API shows echo-subscriptions-web-wikibase-action set to true. Wikipedia notifications preferences now shows the "Connection with Wikidata" option clearly checked. Unchecking the box just now changed echo-subscriptions-web-wikibase-action to 0.

I think it is most likely that I got it confused with the Watchlist Preferences item "Show Wikidata edits in your watchlist" and/or Wikidata notification preferences, although you'd think I would have gotten it right as I spent the time carefully filing a bug report.

Also, review of GZWDer (flood)'s contributions indicates that it is likely that there have not been changes in Wikipedia notification behavior, but rather a shift in the bot's editing behavior causing high activity on Wikidata which is prompting notifications.

It appears this was a mistake on my part.

Fine, that's better than mistake in the system. Please report again if you think there's a problem.