|This feature was removed completely in version 1.27.0.|
|Email settings: $wgRequirePasswordforEmailChange|
|Whether the user must enter their password to change their email address
|Introduced in version:||1.20.0|
|Removed in version:||1.27.0|
|Other settings: Alphabetical | By function|
true (default setting) to require users to enter their password to change their email address.
false to disable this requirement.
Avoid changing this setting on public wikis following security considerations.
The functionality this configuration setting provided was removed in an effort to adapt reality to MediaWiki rather than vice versa. It is no longer possible to change an email address without knowing the respective accounts password.
Starting with MW 1.27.0 the pre MW 1.20.0 procedure has to be followed:
- The user "John Doe" who cannot request a new password because the email address added is no longer available or never existed due to a typo when adding the the email address has to create another account on the wiki, e.g. "John Doe 2"
- The admin uses the UserMerge extension to merge the old account "John Doe" into the new account "John Doe 2" and at the same time deletes the old account.
- The admin uses the Renameuser extension to rename the new account "John Doe 2" to "John Doe" to regain the old user account name.
- Extension:Sudo - allows to log into a foreign account without knowing the respective accounts password. Useful for MediaWiki 1.20.x to 1.26.x in conjunction with this configuration setting.