When writing notifications for a website, for example: "Your password has been reset successfully", when do I use "has been" and when do I use "was" as in "Your password was reset successfully". I already considered the present perfect continuous and past continuous tense rule however it doesn't help me in this case.
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My global English style guide, aptly named The Global English Style Guide, recommends using the simplest verb phrase possible. (pg. 39) That suggests "Your password was reset successfully" is the better choice.