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Notifications Slides
Submission no. 
5035
Subject no. 
T1 or C1
Title of the submission
Notifications: A new editor engagement tool
Type of submission
presentation
Author of the submission
Fabrice Florin
Country of origin
USA
Affiliation
Wikimedia Foundation
E-mail address
fflorin@wikimedia.org
Username
Fabrice Florin (WMF)
Personal homepage or blog
@fabriceflorin on Twitter
Abstract

This presentation will give an overview a new notification system for MediaWiki (code-named 'Echo'), which was just released on the English Wikipedia by the Wikimedia Foundation's editor engagement team. This new product aims to inform users about new activity that affects them, such as talk page messages, page reviews, mentions, edit reverts or thanks. We will demonstrate some of its key features, such as the flyout, archive, preferences and email notifications -- and show how they can help users become more aware of important events and take quick action. We will also present our research on how new and experienced users use this tool in different ways to contribute to Wikipedia and MediaWiki sites.

Detailed proposal

How can our users learn about events that affect them, so they can contribute more productively to MediaWiki sites like Wikipedia?

To address this question, we developed a new notification system for MediaWiki (code-named 'Echo'), which was just released on the English Wikipedia by the Wikimedia Foundation's editor engagement team.

This new product aims to inform users of important events that relate to them, and help them take action more easily. To that end, we built a modern notifications system with a more unified user experience than what exists today on MediaWiki sites. The first version supports over a dozen different notifications, such as talk page messages, page reviews, mentions, edit reverts or thanks.

This presentation will demonstrate some of its key features, such as the flyout, archive, preferences and email notifications -- and show how they can help users become more aware of important events and take quick follow-up actions. We will also present our research on how new and experienced users use this tool in different ways to contribute to Wikipedia and MediaWiki sites.

We will also give a quick overview on how developers and other projects can use this tool to engage their users. (If you are interested in more technical details, check out this in-depth session for developers: How to enhance your MediaWiki extensions with Echo notifications -- we recommend that both sessions be scheduled back-to-back and would be open to combining them into a single 70-minute session, if you like.).

Presenters: Fabrice Florin (product manager) and Ryan Kaldari (lead engineer)

Track
Technology and Infrastructure
Length of presentation/talk
25 minutes
Language of presentation/talk
English
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes
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