I wanted to let you know that I just updated our feature requirements for Echo
notifications, based on our recent conversations and your many good insights:
Here's what's new in this version of the document:
* First notifications on top
I moved all the notifications that we plan to develop in the first release into the top
sections, and moved the others in the 'under consideration' section. They're
all listed in the 'First notifications' section at the beginning, and include:
• Talkpage Message
• Page Review
• Page Link
• Edit reverted
• User Mention
• Welcome (in collaboration with E3)
• Thank you (positive notification)
• How to use your watchlist (with E3)
• User rights (power user feature)
* Notification groups
Notifications are now classified into these main groups, based on their anticipated impact
on users -- and on our development plans:
• new user
• power user
• under consideration
* New attributes
Each notification under development now has new attributes that specify its settings for
preferences, bundling, dismissing and metrics. Here's an example:
• Web preference default: Enabled for all users
• Email preference default: Enabled for new users, disabled for others
• Web bundling: Disabled
• Email bundling: Disabled
• Dismiss feature: Enabled
• Metrics group: Interactive
• Metrics type: "user-mention"
* Special notes
Most notifications now have notes at the end that identify special requirements or
dependencies. I invite you to check them out and flesh them out as needed.
* User mentions
Please let us know ASAP if you have questions about this notification, as Kaldari is
working on it right now, picking up on the code originally written by Andrew Garrett and
improved by Benny Situ. Be sure to check the notes.
* User rights
This power user feature will be tackled next week, so we would love to flesh it out next.
Oliver will add links to the relevant policy pages on English Wikipedia, so we can link to
them when notifications are sent. Check the notes for questions about whether or not we
should use this notification for autoconfirmed users, blocked users -- or for when you
lose any of these rights.
* Thank you
We've fleshed out this notification further, based on suggestions from Brandon, Kadari
and Oliver, and would like to start development on it next week, so now is the time to
chime in if you have any final comments.
* Features under consideration
I moved all other features we have been considering into their own section (e.g.:
watchlist-related features), separate from notifications:
Some of them will be included in the first release (e.g. Watchlist guided tour, in
collaboration with E3), others will be done in future releases.
Thanks again for all your good insights in helping us finalize these specifications. We
hope to release most of these notifications in March -- and look forward to testing them
with you very soon.
Comments welcome, as always, via email and in the talk pages.
All the best,
Product Manager, Editor Engagement