Thank you all for your kind words -- and kudos to the E2 team that made it all happen!
We're really happy with the results so far, and Benoît's quote below just made my
day … getting our users more comfortable with innovation is one of our main goals, and it
seems that we achieved it on this product, with all of your help.
We're now processing some of the minor bug reports we've received so far, but do
not see any show stoppers.
I'm also pleased to report that more wikis like the Estonian and Korean Wikipedias are
already getting ready for Notifications, according to community liaison Keegan Peterzell,
so we expect to have a larger release than expected for our next deployment.
Thanks again to everyone who made this possible. See more comments below.
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On Aug 21, 2013, at 2:04 PM, Benoît Evellin wrote:
Thank you Fabrice and the Echo team.
The deployment is a success on French Wikipedia. A (power) user write on the village pump
a good summary of the POV of our community about Notifications:
"As I see the enthusiasm about this feature, I think us, old users who usually
doesn't accept novelty, have changed our minds for the first time" (the exact
translation is quite difficult tl do).
This is great. This is an achievement :-)
Merci, Benoît. We owe a lot of this success to you, as our first non-english community
champion for Notifications -- and a pioneer in wiki innovation. It's always a pleasure
to be working with you!
Le 21 août 2013 21:44, "Maryana Pinchuk"
<mpinchuk(a)wikimedia.org> a écrit :
Hooray, Echo! :) Great work, everyone – it's wonderful to see this feature on more
wikis. We're hoping to release Echo to Wikimedia mobile sites soon, and it'll be
extremely useful to have it be available on more than just mobile enwiki.
Yay, mobile team!
Can't wait to get my notifications on the go … in my native French language ! :)
On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM, Tomasz Finc <tfinc(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
This is great. Thanks for including the stats links Fabrice.
You're welcome, thanks to Dario for getting them done so quickly.
It's interesting to note how much people are playing with Mentions, which represented
over 25% of French activity in their first hours …
Compare that to these english wiki metrics:
On Aug 20, 2013, at 8:26 PM, Steven Walling wrote:
On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM, Fabrice Florin <fflorin(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
I'm happy to announce that we just released Notifications on our first non-english
The Echo extension is now deployed on the French, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese and
Swedish Wikipedias, where users seem to be enjoying some of the tool's new features,
such as the Mention and Thanks notifications.
Yay! This is awesome news.
Notifications: the sleeper success of summer 2013. :)
Oh shucks, Steven, you're too kind … : )
On Aug 20, 2013, at 8:27 PM, Oona Castro wrote:
Thank you, Fabrice, Benny Situ and EE team!
"Thanks" feature is still being translated so I could not check it properly in
my tests. But I was trying to check whether gender variations will apply. If we say
"this user has thanked you", no variation would apply. But if we use "thank
you", then it does: Obrigado (for male) and Obrigada (for female), being the
variation applied for the gender of the user who is thanking (and not the one being
In the translation tool, I didn't find where/how to provide the 2 options.
Oona, thanks so much for all that you and Henrique did to make this happen so quickly, you
guys were awesome!
For now, I would recommend that you try to come up with a gender-neutral translation for
the Thanks notification, as a lot of users do not disclose their gender. We can look into
adding gender-specific messaging later this year, but will still need a generic solution
for 'undisclosed' users, sadly.
On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM, Fabrice Florin
I'm happy to announce that we just released Notifications on our first
non-english Wikipedias today!
The Echo extension is now deployed on the French, Hungarian, Polish,
Portuguese and Swedish Wikipedias, where users seem to be enjoying some of
the tool's new features, such as the Mention and Thanks notifications.
Our next major deployment to another half-dozen non-English Wikipedias will
take place on Sep. 17, as outlined in this proposed Echo release plan:
We're delighted to bring these new features to a broader community and would
like to take this opportunity to thank all the folks who made this
First off, kudos to Benny Situ for his fine development work on this final
leg of the Notifications project, as well as Erik Benhardson, Matthias
Mullie and Dario Taraborelli for their invaluable support. Next, my deepest
appreciation to our Community team for their gracious advice and help in
orchestrating this multi-site release: Philippe Beaudette, Maggie Dennis,
Jan Eissfeld, Sherry Snyder, Keegan Peterzell, Patrick Earley and Anna
Last but not least, we are very grateful to our community champions for each
language, including: Benoît Evellin, Cantons de l'Est, Nou Nouill, Tisza
Gergő, Tamas Meszoly, Bartosz Dziewoński, Tar Lócesilion, Oona Castro,
Henrique Andrade and Jan Ainali -- to name but a few.
Thank you all for going out of your way to bring notifications to these
communities. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with each of you,
and I look forward to more collaborations in the future.
Please let us know if you have any questions about this new release. Enjoy
the new features!
Fabrice, on behalf of the E2 team
P.S.: You can now track notifications activity for each language on these
dashboards, which refresh daily, thanks to Dario:
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