Thank you everyone for giving me information regarding this process
and helping me. It was very invaluable.
On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM, Sumana Harihareswara
Prabhavathi, if you write about your project to the
researchers' mailing list
out the resources available at
, you might find more help. I hope you are able to add to the important
body of research around Wikipedia users' behavior while still respecting
the community you're engaging with. (By the way, did you already check
with your advisor to see whether you need an IRB okay for this?
UC Berkeley class of 2002
Engineering Community Manager
> Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:20:34 -0700
> From: Prabhavathi Matta <prabha.matta(a)gmail.com>
> To: mediawiki-api(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Mediawiki-api] Problem with generating email tokens
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> I am working on an UC Berkeley research project to analyze wikipedia users'
> behaviour. As a part of the project, I am developing an application which
> sends a survey to a random sample of recent users. I am using mwclient code
> to send emails though API. After testing around 3-4 times, the email tokens
> are not getting generated anymore. I tried to send mails from different
> login user. It still gives the same error.
> When I tried to send email from website
. It says," As an anti-spam
> measure, you are limited from performing this action too many times in a
> short space of time, and you have exceeded this limit. Please try again in
> a few minutes." It has been 8 hours since and I still get the same message.
> Does this mean, I exceeded limit for my ip address or for that user? When
> I googled it, the rate limit seems to be about 1000 api calls. I have sent
> mails only to 3-4 test users for 5 times maximum.
> Which is a better way of sending emails to wikipedia users - Toolserver or
> wikimedia API? How should I handle sending bulk emails(about 100) without
> getting the "throttled message"?
> Please help.
> UC Berkeley
Master of Information Management and Systems, 2014
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