Disable email notifications for all users?

While testing the upgrade from 3.5.6 to 4.3.1 my entire userbase was spammed with recommended pages to read on the test server. I did not want to notify my users that I am testing an upgrade, or to go view the new UI.

I see there are plugins that can be disabled in the new version which is great, but how do I disable other email settings by default? It seems like a global "Default" profile should be configurable for all options under [username]->Settings.

Many users ask why this is even enabled by default and is a recuring question I would like to head off.

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You will have to delete the mails server manually or remove it from DB until a startup parameter can be used to drive it, like it is in JIRA.

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-10004

You can always remove the reference to the SMTP server, means that Confluence won't be able to send any emails

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Configuring+a+Server+for+Outgoing+Mail

while that does prevent what caused me to rant (this was the first thing I did post-upgrade but needed to test email so I added it back), it doesn't solve my problem.

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