Last modified: 2012-10-29 17:24:00 UTC
I'd like to request a feature which, when checked in the watchlist section of special:preferences, would cause links to pages on one's watchlist to appear differently than normal links. This is currently enabled for special:recentchanges (where watched pages appear in bold), so I know the functionality exists.
It would be especially helpful if this was a possibility for special:whatlinkshere (for use with templates, when you're trying to watchlist all pages they are transcluded on), and for categories. Ideally these links would not appear in bold like they do in recentchanges, because that could cause confusion with actual bolded links. But that is unimportant.
I won't go too deeply into the reasoning, but I think this would be very helpful for people trying to watchlist large amounts of pages at a time when they already have some of these pages on their watchlist - but they would like to add the rest. It would enable them to watchlist the rest of the pages in quick succession without worrying about accidentally clicking unwatch! Thanks for your consideration.
In the articles proper, I think this would make parser cache unusable for logged-in users. Even if not, stylistically I don't think it's acceptable to force links to be bold or not, which might obscure actual bolding of the link for somet reason.
It shouldn't be a problem for special pages or categories, however, I'm fairly sure. There's no point in making it a preference, though. It should be enabled for everyone if it exists at all.
Probably not particularly feasible; we wouldn't be able to use the LinkCache for it, so we'd be checking watched status too frequently for my liking.
Changed component to "Watchlist"