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Bug 2647 - Watchlist not updating
Watchlist not updating
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Special pages (Other open bugs)
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: Highest major with 14 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: 2654 2657 2660 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-07-01 14:01 UTC by Jan-Paul Köster
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:37 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Jan-Paul Köster 2005-07-01 14:01:16 UTC
Watchlists don't seem to be updating with more recent edits to watched pages.
Comment 1 en:brian0918 2005-07-01 15:21:10 UTC
I can confirm this. Articles in my watchlist are remaining out of date, so it
looks like they're disappearing from my watchlist, when in fact they're just
several days down (despite having been edited within the last couple minutes).
This has never happened to me before today.

This could allow vandals to remain undetected! Consider it high priority. 
Comment 2 Pcb21 2005-07-01 15:37:06 UTC
I think I am seeing an instance of the same bug. My watchlist (on en.wikipedia)
is recording no changes since ~11am UTC today (it is now around 3.30pm UTC).
However a know that many changes have been made. I have checked and it is not a
caching issue (or at least not a caching issue at my PC or ISP level). 
Comment 3 en:brian0918 2005-07-01 15:53:01 UTC
I've also tried adding new articles to my watchlist that were never there
before. They don't show up at all in any time period in my watchlist, despite
being edited numerous times by others over these days. There is definitely
something wrong here.
Comment 4 Atlant Schmidt 2005-07-01 16:09:53 UTC
Count another affected user (me). I didn't do anything out of the ordinary this
morning. Here's what I think I did:

1. I called-up the "1 day" version of my Watchlist
2. Reviewed all the changes on it, and while doing so...
3. Was inspired to write a new article [[Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny on the
Blue Sea of August]]
4. Edited a bunch of articles that were linked to the other [[Swept Away]] article
5. Created a redirect from [[Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare
d'agosto]] to [[Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny on the Blue Sea of August]]
6. (Putting the new article and several others on my watchlist in the process)
7. Bingo! No new watchlist entries since 11:30 UTC.
8. Not even for newly-added articles that I edited such as [[Wikipedia:MediaWiki
1.5 bugs]] (and which definitely now appear on my "complete" watchlist).

Comment 5 Gareth Hughes 2005-07-01 17:23:17 UTC
Since 13:00 UTC 1 July 2005, my watchlist has not been updating. This may be
more widespread than it looks.
Comment 6 Scot Wilcoxon 2005-07-01 17:30:32 UTC
My Watchlist seems unusually quiet the last few hours.  When I edited one of the
few recently altered articles, that entry vanished from the display of recently
changed articles.  Perhaps recently altered articles are not being displayed?
Comment 7 spyders 2005-07-01 17:45:31 UTC
Vanilla Ninja isn't appearing on my watchlist at the moment.
Comment 8 E. A. Washburn 2005-07-01 17:47:07 UTC

Comment 9 John Lyden 2005-07-01 18:02:50 UTC
My watchlist is missing pages that were added last night and were appearing last
night afterwards.
Comment 10 lethe 2005-07-01 18:05:57 UTC
watchlist definitely not showing any new edits since about 2 hours
Comment 11 Nereocystis 2005-07-01 18:08:15 UTC
My watchlist on includes the article Polygamy.  However,
changes to polygamy are not showing up on my watchlist.  Other changes do show
up on the watchlist.
Comment 12 Michael Zajac 2005-07-01 18:11:24 UTC
Mine was working fine until a couple of hours ago.  Now most of the articles edited today are just gone.  I 
can't figure out the pattern.
Comment 13 Brian Laura 2005-07-01 18:13:57 UTC
It seems that only the [[en:Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)]] page is not
showing on my watchlist. However, I do have two occurences of
[[en:Wikipedia:Village pump (assistance)]]. I have removed them both and
re-added, to the watchlist, and still same result. I showed all,and it's not
even in the previous "hidden" days.

Comment 14 David Friedland 2005-07-01 18:19:29 UTC
As a temporary work-around, you can copy your entire list of articles to a new
user subpage, make all the article titles [[links]], then click "related changes".
Comment 15 vaughan 2005-07-01 18:21:43 UTC
My watchlist hasn't updated and wikipedia has lost the changes I made this
Comment 16 Katefan0 2005-07-01 18:29:15 UTC
I'm also experiencing this.  My watchlist hasn't been updated since the wee hours of the 
morning, it seems.  Also, it's shrunk since earlier today... i.e., I had about four items 
showing for July 1 as of a few hours ago, and now I only have two.  Argh!  How can I 
obsessively check my watchlist if it's not updating? =)
Comment 17 steve block 2005-07-01 18:39:13 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> Watchlists don't seem to be updating with more recent edits to watched pages.
Another victime, no update since 11 am UTC
Comment 18 sanityormadness 2005-07-01 18:48:26 UTC
Only one page has updated since 11:24am UTC, and even that has since
disappeared, despite me personally editing many pages and confirming that others
have edited pages on my Watchlist too.
Comment 19 jb6drmq5 2005-07-01 19:19:01 UTC
I too have this problem. My watchlist seems frozen at 08:48 GMT on 1 July 2005.
I haven't tried fiddling around watching/unwatching. This appears to be a
serious and prevalent (and new) bug.
Comment 20 Katefan0 2005-07-01 19:35:40 UTC
Strange.  Watching/unwatching doesn't help.  Also editing pages doesn't help.  But I just 
created a new user temp page to implement the temporary workaround helpfully suggested above, 
and THAT is showing up on my watchlist.  Weird.
Comment 21 Ragib Hasan 2005-07-01 19:36:37 UTC
My watchlist stopped updating from 5 am US central time....
Comment 22 Arwel Parry 2005-07-01 19:38:46 UTC
My watchlist last updated at 11:31 UTC. I dread to think what the vandals are up to!
Comment 23 Jan-Paul Köster 2005-07-01 19:55:26 UTC
*** Bug 2654 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 24 Katefan0 2005-07-01 20:13:57 UTC
Interesting. More items have now dropped off my watchlist.
Comment 25 Jens Wannenmacher 2005-07-01 20:22:58 UTC
On the german Wiki there was vandalism a few minutes ago on the main page.
Please solve this bug soon. We will get in big trouble if we can't monitor changes.
Comment 26 Brion Vibber 2005-07-01 20:24:13 UTC
This cause of this problem is now understood, a fix is being made...
Comment 27 Brion Vibber 2005-07-01 21:03:12 UTC
This was the result of a bad interaction between an experimental database optimization in the 
watchlist, and a fix for a minor issue in recentchanges which broke the assumptions the watchlist 
optimization hack was based on.

It's been worked around for now, but some cleanup may need to be done.
Comment 28 sanityormadness 2005-07-01 21:20:16 UTC
The fix appears to have blanked my watchlist completely of edits made before its implementation.
Comment 29 River Tarnell 2005-07-01 21:21:19 UTC
yes, it will do that. 
Comment 30 Brion Vibber 2005-07-01 21:49:16 UTC
*** Bug 2657 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 31 Brion Vibber 2005-07-01 21:49:54 UTC
I'm reopening this as not all of the kinks have been worked out yet.
Broken entries need to be fixed.
Comment 32 Ellen Finch 2005-07-01 22:23:44 UTC
If this helps at all--I took the suggestion to convert all 1500 watchlist
entries to links, clicked Related Changes--and get exactly the same incomplete
list that I get for clicking My Watchlist.
Comment 33 River Tarnell 2005-07-01 23:47:07 UTC
most of the older changes should have appeared now. 
Comment 34 River Tarnell 2005-07-02 00:52:19 UTC
*** Bug 2660 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 35 sanityormadness 2005-07-02 19:27:58 UTC
Edits prior to the 11:24 UTC Jul 1 cutoff have reappeared now, but the "in-between" edits seem to have been lost forever

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