Last modified: 2009-02-02 10:44:26 UTC
It would be most useful to have multiple watchlists for a given user - a large
list of personal favourites, smaller lists of a given subject, trouble spots, etc.
This functionality can be simulated by having multiple usernames, but it's not
quick and easy to change usernames so as only to edit with the main username.
(In reply to comment #0)
> It would be most useful to have multiple watchlists for a given user - a large
> list of personal favourites, smaller lists of a given subject, trouble spots, etc.
> This functionality can be simulated by having multiple usernames, but it's not
> quick and easy to change usernames so as only to edit with the main username.
My improved email-notification patch see
http://meta.wikipedia.org/Enotif (to-do-list) will take this into consideration
in a newer version, as it will basically support to have a watchlist with _two_
checkboxes for each watched page:
* a first checkbox (standard watched page),
* a second checkbox (watched incl. e-mail notification)
Use User: subpages and Special:Relatedchangeslinked.
(In reply to comment #2)
> Use User: subpages and Special:Relatedchangeslinked.
That's less than ideal, in that anyone can see just what's on that "watchlist",
unlike the standard watchlist.
Multiple watchlists does not seem too hard to implement: just add an extra
column under the name of "wl_watchlist" to the watchlist table. 0 is the
default, you can add more.
The problem after that is feature creep: there are many things that I would want
to do afterwards...
1. Allow users to title watchlists (requires a new table of user, watchlist and
2. Increase interoperability between watchlists (easier to transfer items to and
from and add an item to all watchlists)
3. Allow a single core watchlist for other watchlists to derive off of:
hierarchies of watchlists
And, of course, unnecessary schema changes should be avoided like the plague.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_adminship/Genisock2 - a
request from en:User:Geni for admin powers on his second account for the
specific purpose of using the feature to watch pages not on any watchlist.
Obviously, people are having tremendous concerns about this idea. Multiple
watchlists would be marvellously helpful to admins.
multiple watchlist can be easily emulated using standard functionality. create a subpage in your usage page and use
'Related changes' (or directly Special:Recentchangeslinked/User:blah/blahblah)
Er, that was already said in comment #2 and the problem with it outlined in
comment #3. Furthermore, making a big list of pages that only one person is
watching strikes me as putting out a 'KICK HERE' sign for the vandals.
Thinking on a clean and flexible implementation for this.
Here's a detailed proposal of how to implement something I call "watchlist
* Per default users only have one watchlist category called "General".
* A new page is available at Special:Watchlist/categories where users can add,
rename and remove watchlist categories.
* When adding an article to your watchlist and you only have one watchlist
category defined (default), the watched article will automatically be assigned
to that category (to the user, the watch proccess will look just like it does
* When adding an article to your watchlist and you have defined more than one
category, you'll go through an additional step. This step is a simple page of
checkboxes that allows you to choose which of your watchlist categories you want
the article to be assigned to (if none is chosen, the article is not watched).
* The current watchlist edit page (Special:Watchlist/edit) gets an additional
feature: Next to each article is a "Categories" link, that sends the user back
to the pick-categories page with the checkboxes (see above).
* At Special:Watchlist, besides the Namespace popup, another popup is added
called "Categories" that allows you to choose which watchlist category you wish
to view (maybe that HTML form should be changed into GET-style so that users can
bookmark specific category views). The easiest implementation is to only allow
users to view one category at a time.
Think it could work? :)
(In reply to comment #7)
> Er, that was already said in comment #2 and the problem with it outlined in
> comment #3. Furthermore, making a big list of pages that only one person is
> watching strikes me as putting out a 'KICK HERE' sign for the vandals.
Is there really that much need to keep it private?
I fully support this feature request. Namely, my watchlist is for overseeing articles I contributed to etc. However, I'd like to have another watchlist for articles that need my attention, or just pages that I want to edit sometime in the future. Currently, I'm using temporary bookmark folder for such pages, but it's grown to 650 pages. It would be tremendously easier if all those pagetitles were kept in wiki.
Fully support as well. Alternativelly, it could help to define the time how long a page should be listed (say 2 weeks, 1 month, indef...) for cases when I discus on a talk page at the present but know in one month it will not be important, etc.
*** Bug 16974 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 5875 ***