Community Wishlist Survey 2023/Anti-harassment/Notifications for user page edits

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Notifications for user page edits

  • Problem: If your user page is modified by a malicious user, you may not notice if your watchlist is overflowed. Unlike a normal article, it is very unlikely that another user will revert or warn about the malicious changes for you. Unlike article vandalism, user page vandalism can affect the unwitting users standing in the community.
  • Proposed solution: Generate notifications for user page modifications by other users, just like user talk notifications work now. Another solution would be to protect user pages from modification, but some edits may be friendly and even useful.
  • Who would benefit: Users whose user page has been vandalized.
  • More comments: It could be made configurable per user. This is a re-submission of Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Anti-harassment/Notifications for user page edits by Error.
  • Phabricator tickets: phab:T3876
  • Proposer: MarioGom (talk) 16:54, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • The request was successful in 2022, but it is requested again to attract attention by CommTech team. Thingofme (talk) 02:16, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I think this really belongs under "notifications and watchlists". Daniel Case (talk) 23:24, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • It logically makes sense there too, yes, but as the use-case is primarily for anti-harassment, I think it's fine to stay here. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 15:14, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • FWIW this was #2 by votes and #6 by the CommTech team's combined priority score in 2022. There's some in-progress work courtesy of @Legoktm:. --Tgr (talk) 01:57, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • WMF develeopment change alternative : What about adding a preference for a new notification option similar to "Edit to my user talk page"? Wakelamp (talk) 02:53, 7 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • If WMF resources are the bottle neck, could we use a new bot job that sends a notification for edits that are not done by bots or the owner. OR What about external page watch tools? They exist on apps and desktops. Wakelamp (talk) 02:53, 7 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • This would have to be optional, because I at least don't want these types of notifications. I trust that my homewiki userpage is defended by the abusefilter for the most part, and if that fails it's very likely that a RC patroller or another good faith user reverts the vandalism before I see it. I don't want to see it, and I don't even keep my userpage on my watchlist. --kyykaarme (talk) 15:38, 11 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Instead of a notification, i think than an option for an user to protect his own page from edits would be more useful. Particularly for user under big harassment, casual users who rarely edit, are on "vacation", or think than their time has finally come... etc. Miniwark (talk) 10:17, 13 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • My hi: Wikipedia userpage was created by a vandal long ago. I never knew that my global userpage was being overriden by a blank white page for over 2 years. This is not desirable at all. —‍CX Zoom (A/अ/অ) (let's talk|contribs) 19:26, 17 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @MarioGom: @MusikAnimal (WMF): Wouldn't it be even better if every user is notified not just for edits to their user pages, but for any edit to any page or subpage on any wiki belonging to someone's username? Nythar (talk) 14:17, 20 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I believe having notifications for subpages is subject to debate, but it could likely easily be supported if we wanted it to be. Notifications will already be cross-wiki without any additional effort because of how Echo works. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 14:56, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]