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Bug 1492 - Multiple watchlists
Multiple watchlists
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 5875
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Special pages (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Normal enhancement with 15 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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: 16974 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: 7467
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Reported: 2005-02-08 00:41 UTC by David Gerard
Modified: 2009-02-02 10:44 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description David Gerard 2005-02-08 00:41:42 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.
Comment 1 T. Gries 2005-02-08 01:06:04 UTC
(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://bugzilla.wikipedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=454 and
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)
Comment 2 Tomer Chachamu 2005-02-21 17:35:32 UTC
Use User: subpages and Special:Relatedchangeslinked.
Comment 3 David Gerard 2005-02-21 17:54:26 UTC
(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.
Comment 4 Edward Z. Yang 2006-01-19 21:43:53 UTC
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
name)
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.
Comment 5 David Gerard 2006-02-04 00:21:04 UTC
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.
Comment 6 Domas Mituzas 2006-02-04 00:22:55 UTC
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)
Comment 7 David Gerard 2006-02-04 00:30:58 UTC
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.
Comment 8 Rob Church 2006-02-04 00:32:11 UTC
Thinking on a clean and flexible implementation for this.
Comment 9 Hannes Rydén 2006-04-29 23:01:10 UTC
Here's a detailed proposal of how to implement something I call "watchlist
categories":

* 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
today).
* 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? :)
Comment 10 Aaron Schulz 2007-05-10 15:55:17 UTC
(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?
Comment 11 Filip Maljkovic [Dungodung] 2007-11-16 10:52:38 UTC
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.
Comment 12 -jkb- 2008-11-08 15:26:21 UTC
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.
Comment 13 Alexandre Emsenhuber [IAlex] 2009-01-11 17:10:01 UTC
*** Bug 16974 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Siebrand Mazeland 2009-02-02 10:44:26 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 5875 ***

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