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Bug 7467 - public and private watchlists
public and private watchlists
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Watchlist (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Low enhancement with 2 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Depends on: 1492
Blocks:
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Reported: 2006-10-02 13:17 UTC by Mark MacDonald
Modified: 2013-09-26 03:00 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description Mark MacDonald 2006-10-02 13:17:44 UTC
would it be possible to allow other people to see the pages you are watching? this 
would be very useful for WikiProject coordination. 

to avoid privacy issues, you could have a "public watchlist" and a "private 
watchlist".. 

it has been suggested many times that a link from each page "users watching this page", 
may deter vandals; but understandably, it may attract some to pages that aren't being 
publicly watched (even though they may be privately watched). is this a conceivable 
idea?
Comment 1 Jimmy Collins 2006-10-02 13:27:07 UTC
There is an extension
http://svn.wikimedia.org/viewvc/mediawiki/trunk/extensions/Watchers/ but it
don't differ between public and private.

Changing severity to enhancement because it's a feature reuqest - not a bug.
Comment 2 Mark MacDonald 2006-10-02 14:59:30 UTC
i see; so that watchers extension is unlikely to be implemented in English 
Wikipedia.. but what about one that distinguishes public and private, is there a 
chance for that?
Comment 3 Rob Church 2006-10-30 03:31:58 UTC
You need a special page for this? I mean, a simple user subpage ("Pages I'm
Watching") wouldn't suffice?
Comment 4 Duncan Harris 2006-11-03 18:26:53 UTC
Yes, you can make a public watchlist by creating a subpage, e.g.
[[User:Example/Publicwatchlist]] and then by going to
[[Special:Recentchangeslinked/User:Example/Publicwatchlist]] which will show the
related changes.

Though obviously this is non-standard, and perhaps a little inelegant.  When bug
1492 http://bugzilla.wikipedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1492 multiple watchlists is
implemented, maybe it would be possible to make some watchlists public and some not.
Comment 5 Rob Church 2006-11-03 22:18:33 UTC
How is it nonstandard or inelegant? The reason watchlists are implemented as now
is to keep them private. You can do a public watchlist in the manner described
above.

It would be nice to have it all incorporated as part of a new watchlist
mechanism, but it isn't going to be critical, is it?
Comment 6 Aaron Schulz 2007-05-10 15:57:18 UTC
(In reply to comment #5)
> How is it nonstandard or inelegant? The reason watchlists are implemented as now
> is to keep them private. You can do a public watchlist in the manner described
> above.
> 
> It would be nice to have it all incorporated as part of a new watchlist
> mechanism, but it isn't going to be critical, is it?

Seconded, and this just seems to feature creep and add more complexity without
justifiable gain.
Comment 7 Siebrand Mazeland 2009-02-02 10:44:58 UTC
Add dependency on bug 5875
Comment 8 Siebrand Mazeland 2009-02-02 11:42:11 UTC
Changing component to "Watchlist"
Comment 9 Chad H. 2009-10-22 19:07:05 UTC
*** Bug 21223 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 10 Cenarium 2009-10-23 16:33:49 UTC
bug 21223 is not a duplicate, it's for common watchlists, centralized and maintained by users or bots with appropriate permissions, and not necessarily public in any case - described in full at http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposal:Common_watchlists.

Common watchlists would allow for coordination though, it's even their prime motivation. So with this in consideration, as above, I don't see the need for a public personal watchlist and agree it would have some downsides not worth the implementation cost.

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