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Bug 8378 - Implement interface to enable users to handle favorites in a similar fashion as an ordered watchlist
Implement interface to enable users to handle favorites in a similar fashion ...
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Interface (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-12-25 15:21 UTC by Hal
Modified: 2014-02-12 17:12 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Hal 2006-12-25 15:21:14 UTC
Sir or Madam:
     This is my first MediaZilla posting, so please excuse any ignorance on my
part of your protocols for this procedure.  I am submitting this because I
couldn't find any record of it on your site.
     My proposal relates specifically to the Wikipedia website user experience,
namely a lack of an ability to keep a user-specific record or "card-file" of
favorite Wikipedia articles, arranged in whatever order the user desires. 
Currently, this function is served through the relatively cumbersome web-browser
bookmarking interface, which in my opinion, suffers from deficiencies both in
terms of complexity, and also, to the best of my knowledge, the inability to
transfer a specific user's browser preferences from one machine to the next
without a thumbdrive or similar device.  
     I think the best way of implementing this feature would be to place the
"favorites" tab alongside the "watch" tab.  In the initial implementation of
this feature, opening the "favorites" tab reveals the list of favorite articles.
 Articles would be added to the "favorites" list by inserting an "add to
favorites" link somewhere on the Wikipedia page for logged-in users. 
Thanks and best regards,
Comment 1 Carl Fürstenberg 2006-12-25 18:16:49 UTC
No problem.
Comment 2 Rob Church 2006-12-26 02:47:18 UTC
Perfect report, although I'm still not sure we should duplicate functionality
the browser provides. There's certainly scope for an extension to fulfil this
need, though, and if it looks nice enough, perhaps we'll integrate it.

One *can* argue that it's simple to maintain a list of favourite articles;
create a subpage in your user space, e.g. [[User:Foo/Favourites]] and keep a
list there.
Comment 3 Eysteinn Gudni Gudnason 2007-12-08 16:53:50 UTC
This sounds like a very nice idea. Add to favourites button somewhere would be geat. I'm not fond of using [[User:Foo/Favourites]]. I'd prefer a list, that can be shared.
Comment 4 Subfader 2009-10-12 13:16:03 UTC
On first sight, the point about browser favourites makes sense. But thinking about it it's just not the same.

A user is not always on his home PC when he surfs the interweb.

In combination with page counts and watchlist counts such a simple favourites feature could provide some serious stats about article popularity. Not to mention the high demand for a proper rating feature...

Make it more fancy and enable returning lists of user favourites. Like on you user pages you could enter {{Favourites|10}} and a list of the last 10 added favourites would be returned.

So, I don't quite understand why a favourites feature wasn't implented yet while 50% of the code is there already (watchlist) and it would make sense for your WP flagship.
Comment 5 Jeremy 2011-06-02 01:46:27 UTC
What is the status of this request?  I am implementing an internal wiki that will be used remotely through a browser that runs in a Citrix environment.  These browsers do not carry user bookmarks between sessions, so a list of favorites within the wiki is vital.  Is anyone working on this, either as an extension or as an addition to MediaWiki?
Comment 6 Jeremy 2011-07-27 18:57:34 UTC
I wrote a favorites extension that may or may not serve this purpose for those looking for such a function:
Comment 7 Andre Klapper 2013-03-13 10:19:39 UTC
Hal: Does Jeremy's extension fit your needs?
Comment 8 Andre Klapper 2014-02-12 17:12:42 UTC
Closing as WORKSFORME as there is an extension (see comment 6) that could be used by the reporter.

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