Notifications (formerly known as Echo, commonly called pinging) is a system designed to inform users about new activity on Wikipedia in a unified way. It provides notifications to users for a number of events related to their account, including new talk page messages, edit reverts, mentions or links. It is intended to augment the Watchlist, by highlighting key user interactions.
Notifications are displayed to the right of the username and user talk links in the top link bar of the page for logged-in users, displaying two icons, each with a number representing the number of recent notifications. Email notifications can also be set up for some or all types of notification in Preferences.
Before Notifications, the only notifications that the MediaWiki software provided were given through emailed notifications for changes to your watchlist, and an orange bar for changes to your user talk page. To learn more about Notifications, visit the project hub on MediaWiki.org.
Notifications are either alerts or notices depending on the importance of the message. When someone takes an action that affects you, colored badges will appear next to your username, in the top right corner of any page. These notifications include cross-wiki notifications. When there are no notifications, these badges are grey.
The first badge (red, "alerts") contains most important notification types: new messages on your talk page, mentions, etc. The second badge (blue, "notices") contains less important notifications: pages links, message on other talk pages, etc.
These badges will show the number of new notifications you've received. Clicking on the badges will display a "fly-out" listing the most recent notifications (see screenshot) and set the badge color to grey again. The number will stay different from zero until you mark-as-read all your notifications for this badge (especially for messages).
You can click on the notification of your choice to find out more about it (see description below). To see all notifications received, you can click on "All notifications" to go to the notifications archive.
The most common notification types are all designed with the same pattern:
The whole notifications is a link, usually to a diff that is related to the action you are notified about.
To find all your recent notifications, click on "All notifications" in the fly-out to go to the notifications page. On that page, all notifications are displayed by date. Your most recent notifications are listed first on this archive page. On Wikimedia wikis, that page also regroups cross-wiki notifications.
Some of these notifications are turned off by default or not available on the English Wikipedia. If you would like to enable any of these notifications (or disable them), you can do so in your preferences.
Special:DisplayNotificationsConfiguration lists all notification types available and how they are configured.
This notification replaces the orange bar that used to appear, but you can set up your preferences to have the orange bar.
To mention another editor and trigger this notification for them, you need to:
To mention a user, just link to their user page, using the normal wikitext syntax:
[[User:Username]]. All the usual link styles work, like
[[User:Username|some text]] or
[[User:Username|]] will work, but it will display
User:Username with a link to the user page on the History page. No more than 5 users can be mentioned in an edit summary. Mention templates don't work in edit summaries. There is no requirement that the edit itself creates a new comment, so this method can be used when you modify a comment.
To leave a link in the summary without notifying a user, prefix username with
:, like this:
People can send you emails only if you have allowed this on your preferences.
Alerts — Received when someone attempted and failed to log in to your account.
Multiple alerts are bundled into one for attempt from a new device/IP, but for a known device/IP, you get one alert for every 5 attempts. See the login notification documentation for more information.
The current milestones are powers of ten (1st, 10th, 100th, 1,000th, 10,000th, 100,000th, and 1,000,000th edits)
You can thank someone from any History page, from a diff comparison, or in your watchlist. Remember this thank is stored in a public log (Special:Log/thanks).
Notices — Received when a page which you created is reviewed (or "patrolled") by a new page patroller.
Cross-wiki notifications are displayed on both panels, and regroup notifications from other Wikimedia Foundation hosted wikis. For example, while on the English Wikipedia, you can receive notifications from Commons, and these will be grouped together with notifications from other wikis like Wikivoyage. On Commons, the project-specific notifications would be ungrouped, and notifications from the English Wikipedia would be grouped with notifications from other wikis. Learn more about cross-wiki notifications.
You can control what kinds of notifications you get (and how often) by updating your notifications preferences. To check your settings, click on "Preferences" in the fly-out (shown above) – or in the "All notifications" archive page. (You can also click on "preferences" in the top right of any page, then select the "Notifications" tab.)
If you opt out of any type of notifications, then these notifications generated while you were opted-out are not generated for you and not stored in databases. Opt-in will not display them afterwards. The only notifications that may be displayed are the one that existed before the opt-out.
To turn notifications on or off for any category, simply check (or uncheck) the box next to it. You can enable (or disable) notifications on the web or by email for most categories. (Some notifications cannot be disabled, such as changes to your user rights or new talk page messages: these notifications are too important to be dismissed.) You can also control how often to receive email notifications, from single emails for each event to daily or weekly digests. When you're done, be sure to click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page to update your preferences.
You will still receive notifications if a muted user writes or participates on your user talk page (no matter if the page uses Flow or unstructured wikitext), or reviews a page you have created. Watchlist behavior and emails are not affected by the mute list.
The muted user will still receive a successful mention notification, if they've enabled that preference. A user's mute list is private from all other users on the wiki, including administrators or any other functionary.
You can mute "page linked" notifications for a page by typing the page name into the box at the bottom of the notifications preferences.
There are a number of bugs currently known with the notifications system: