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Echo: Email notifications don't give a clue of what they're about
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I received this notification and thought it was phishing:

From: MediaWiki mail
Subject: You have a new talkpage message

Wikipedia user Axpde posted on your talk page:

/* ? */ new section

View more:

To control which emails we send you, visit:

Wikimedia Foundation, 149 New Montgomery St., 3rd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94105.

Wikipedia is not mentioned in the From (bug 32770) nor in the Summary, which additionally has this obscure jargon "talkpage" ;) that seems an unneeded detail to throw to newbies.

Version: master
Severity: normal
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Event Timeline

bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage.Nov 22 2014, 1:29 AM
bzimport added a project: Notifications.
bzimport set Reference to bz46316.
bzimport added a subscriber: Unknown Object (MLST).

The subject should also mention the pagename which includes the username in the present case (you are talking about "Echo")

lwelling wrote:

Wikipedia should be mentioned in the From if the mail was sent from a Wikipedia.

I can add to the config code for that, so it behaves more like production

For the other suggestions, (more detail in the subject and avoiding the use of "talkpage") I'll add it to our feedback and review that text later.

lwelling wrote:

Actually email setup has changed since this bug was filed. That was sent using the same details as email confirmations and password resets.

Wikipedia should now be the From.

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