Wikipedia requires that users confirm their email addresses before they can use email features such as emailing users, receiving email notifications, and the ability to reset your password. This helps to prevent problems with bad addresses or spam. You only need to confirm email addresses to use the email system; you can log in and edit pages without confirming your address. You are not even required to enter an email address to register; it is optional. (However, administrators are expected to have a confirmed email address.)



You can check your address confirmation status in your preferences. If your account was registered prior to March 2, 2006 (when confirmation was enforced), your existing address (if any) has not been automatically confirmed. If you change your email address, you will automatically be sent a new confirmation email.

How to confirm

  1. From your preferences, go to the section entitled User profile, and scroll down to Email options, if desired check the box next to Enable email from other users.
  2. Click the button in that section; an email will be sent to your email address with a confirmation link. If you see no link, go to Special:ConfirmEmail. If that page starts with "Your email address was confirmed on <date>", then you're already confirmed.
  3. When you receive the email, click the link it contains to confirm that you own the email address.

Known issues

$ dig mx

; <<>> DiG 9.6.2-P1-RedHat-9.6.2-2.P1.fc11 <<>> mx
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 51836
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 5, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;            IN    MX

;; ANSWER SECTION:        1912    IN    MX    40        1912    IN    MX    5        1912    IN    MX    10        1912    IN    MX    20        1912    IN    MX    30

;; Query time: 15 msec
;; WHEN: Fri Apr 23 02:24:50 2010
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 150