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Wikia is removing support for user-to-user emails
As explained by the title, Wikia is omitting support for Special:EmailUser next week. This allowed for users to discuss matters confidentially via email and is part of the core MediaWiki software.
Did they announce this in a staff blog? No. It was revealed by Github stalkers looking at Wikia's code revisions and I wouldn't have found out about it if it weren't for somebody on IRC (thanks to ecks for the tip-off)..
While this bears no change for users who never use the feature, it's a major hindrance for those who do and it makes handling communication with blocked users very difficult. Seems to me like they want to shift all focus to their proprietary Chat implementation for communication.
So yeah. I only made this blog so it's no surprise to anybody when it does happen. Comment, rant, praise, whatever. LostLabyrinth • (c) • (b) 21:21, February 19, 2014 (UTC)