The Thanks extension adds a quick way to give positive feedback for productive contributions to MediaWiki sites. It allows users to send public 'thank you' notifications (via Echo) to other users for their individual edits and some logged actions.
The specific revision that is being "thanked" for is not stored in the public logging table. Only the timestamp, sender, and recipient, are publicly logged.
A 'thank' link is added in four places:
- next to the 'undo' link in history and diff views;
- on some log entries on Special:Log (see #Configuration, below); and
- to Flow board comments if Flow is installed.
It also provides an API for sending thanks.
Note that if you do not want to be thanked, you can easily disable this notification in your preferences, as described below.
Once you have had a chance to try it out, we welcome your feedback about this feature on the talk page.
We hope that the Thanks notification will make it easier to show appreciation for each other's work — and it should be particularly helpful for encouraging new users during their first critical steps on a wiki. We have intentionally kept this notification as simple as possible, so we can evaluate it and improve it together. Enjoy…
The extension can be retrieved directly from Git [?]:
- Browse code
- Some extensions have tags for stable releases.
- Browse tags
- Select the tag
- Click "snapshot"
- Each branch is associated with a past MediaWiki release. There is also a "master" branch containing the latest alpha version (might require an alpha version of MediaWiki).
- Browse branches
- Select a branch name
- Click "Continue"
Extract the snapshot and place it in the extensions/Thanks/ directory of your MediaWiki installation.
If you are familiar with git and have shell access to your server, you can also obtain the extension as follows:
cd extensions/ git clone
- Download and place the file(s) in a directory called
- Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadExtension( 'Thanks' );
- If necessary configure at your convenience
- Go to the History action of a page to see the new "Thank" interface.
- Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.
To users running MediaWiki 1.26 or earlier:
The instructions above describe the new way of installing this extension using
wfLoadExtension() If you need to install this extension on these earlier versions (MediaWiki 1.26 and earlier), instead of
wfLoadExtension( 'Thanks' );, you need to use:
Enable the Thank interface for bot edits (disabled by default)
$wgThanksSendToBots = false;
Log Thank actions to "Special:Log" (enabled by default)
$wgThanksLogging = true;
Whether or not confirmation is required for sending thanks (enabled by default)
$wgThanksConfirmationRequired = true;
Log entry types that can be thanked from Special:Log:
$wgThanksLogTypeWhitelist = [ "contentmodel", "delete", "import", "merge", "move", "patrol", "protect", "tag", "managetags", "rights" ];
To thank another user, go to the History tab of any page. Next to each revision will be a 'thank' link. Click the link to send thanks to that user. This link is also available in the diff view, on some entries in Special:Log, and below comments on Flow boards if Flow is installed.
When the thank link is clicked, the recipient will receive a notification with your thanks via the Echo extension (unless they have opted out of receiving thanks notifications). A record of the action is also recorded as a log entry at Special:Log/thanks.
To stop getting thanks notifications, you can opt out from them in your notification preferences. Go to the Notifications tab of your preferences. This only prevents you from getting notified, it does not prevent users from thanking you.
This module cannot be used as a Generator.
The Thanks extension includes an API for sending thanks. In order to call the API, use the parameter
rev- The revision ID you would like to thank someone for (either this or
log- The log ID you would like to thank someone for (either this or
source- Source of the thank event. This is a short string that identifies where the thanks was sent from. For example, if the thanks was sent from Huggle, the value could be 'huggle'. (optional)
token- Edit token (a.k.a. csrf token). You can get one of these through the tokens API. (required)
Understanding who thanked who from the logs requires some understanding of the columns.
Within the logging table, the
log_title represents the receiver, and the
log_user_text represents the sender.
The following SQL which finds all the thanks a receiver received within a time period illustrates this:
select log_timestamp as thank_timestamp, replace(log_title, '_', ' ') as receiver, log_user_text as sender from logging_logindex where log_title = :user_name and log_action = 'thank' and :start_date <= log_timestamp <= :end_date
Notice also that the logging table is not selected from directly, but on Wikimedia servers we take advantage the
In order to quickly search for all the thanks a user sent the
logging_userindex provides the correct index.
This module cannot be used as a Generator.
There is a separate API for sending Thanks for comments on Flow boards. To call the API, use
postid- The UUID of the comment for which to send thanks (required)
token- Edit token. You can get one of these through prop=info. (required)
Errors and WarningsEdit
|invalidrecipient||You cannot thank yourself|
- w:Wikipedia:Notifications/Thanks - Information about the usage of this extension on English Wikipedia
- Echo (Notifications)/Feature requirements#Thank_you_notification - Initial feature proposal (for the Echo extension)
- Extension:WikiLove - Another extension for sending gratitude
- Extension:Echo - Provides the notification system
|This extension is being used on one or more Wikimedia projects. This probably means that the extension is stable and works well enough to be used by such high-traffic websites. Look for this extension's name in Wikimedia's CommonSettings.php and InitialiseSettings.php configuration files to see where it's installed. A full list of the extensions installed on a particular wiki can be seen on the wiki's Special:Version page.|