[Mediawiki-l] Turning off email notifications for a large number of users

Dan Nessett dnessett at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 4 21:11:52 UTC 2011

The site I work on has a small wiki used by administrators for internal 
discussions. Over the years people have joined the group and then left. 
When they left, their accounts were blocked, but many have left the email 
notifications set in preferences. As these accounts age, the email 
addresses associated with them sometimes become invalid. This means 
emails sent to those addresses because of changes on watchlists bounce.

Right now the way we handle this problem is to reset the password for the 
user causing the bounces, login to the account and deselect all email 
notification options in preferences. However, it would be better if we 
could just reset the email preferences on all inactive accounts. Is there 
anyway of doing this other than resetting the password on each account 
(of which there are many)? We run 1.16.2 on this small wiki.

-- Dan Nessett

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