Bod Notbod, 28/04/2012 01:29:
> So the feature sends out one email per watchlist edit?

No, one email per watchlisted *page* edited. If there are hundreds of edits to a single page, you'll receive only one email.

Andrew Gray, 28/04/2012 01:46:
On 27 April 2012 22:27, Federico Leva (Nemo) wrote:

The only inconvenience is that both new and old users still have to manually
enable the feature on their preferences, while it would make more sense to
make it opt-out, as for user talk: users want to disable it only on the very
few wikis they monitor very closely, when/if the watchlist gets crowded and
would generate too much spam. Some thought is needed to address this pat of
the problem because of course we don't want to suddenly send thousands of
emails to the super-users with (tens of?) thousands of pages in their
watchlist before they opt-out.

Would it be possible to have it like SUL - if you create an account
after X date it is automatically watchlist-email-enabled, if you have
an older account you have to manually turn it on.

Sure, this is the easiest part. If the default for the checkbox is changed, it changes only for new users (as opposed to defaults in the dropdown options, like thumb size), as far as I know/remember (but I'm not a dev).

The problem then becomes notifying people that they can have emailed
watchlist alerts, as without some form of notification we'll be having
people saying "wait, we can do that?" in 2015...

Perhaps a way to do it would be to trigger a *single* email to a user
who doesn't have it enabled, at the time their first "triggered"
watchlist edit would be sent out, informing them of the system and
inviting them to turn it on if desired, with an explicit statement
that unless they do, there won't be any further emails?

This was already done by for user talk notifications by changing [[MediaWiki:Enotif body]] to explain the "new" thing.


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