2017 Community Wishlist Survey/Watchlists/Multiple watchlists

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  • Proposed solution: Exactly what it says on the tin. Any logged in user, whether they are a reader, casual editor, long term contributor or administrator, can create multiple lists of articles they monitor for various reasons, giving them a title (e.g. "Game of Thrones related articles", "important", "stuff I want to read later", "TODO", "articles prone to spam"). Users may or may not be interested in the edits to each page. We've been here before, so there is no need to repeat the multiple user stories this would address and the detailed justification (which you can find at the Phabricator ticket below).
  • Proposer: MER-C (talk) 06:55, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

Discussion

  • Endorse. I watch about 5000 articles, and on any given day about 100 of them get edited. Some days I will do politics and others I do science but often I do not want to jump subject to subject. If I could sort my own articles into separate watchlists then I feel like I could be more efficient. I would also like shareable watchlists. Sometimes groups of people all want to watch the same collection of 1000 articles but not every individual in the group should have to set up that list of 1000 for their own account. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:51, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Question for MER-C: wanted to avoid forking this if it can be the same proposal: are you married to multiple "lists", what if a watched item could have associated user-specific "tags", with a tag based filter for viewing? (May be difficult with RSS feeds). — xaosflux Talk 15:24, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I can see your suggestion providing the described functionality, but I'll pass judgment until the UI wireframes and API interface show up (Special:Editwatchlist/raw may have problems). MER-C (talk) 04:53, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Amazing idea, this would help so much. SEMMENDINGER (talk) 21:15, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I too would love this. Effectively it is "folders" for watchlists. Could we add the feature to make it possible to have a "shared" folder that others could also subscribe to? This would enable a people to watch, and un-watch a set of articles (e.g. Articles with specific Arb-com sanctions on them; articles created during a particular Editathon, articles related to a Wikiproject) without each person having to add (and remove) items individually from their own watchlists separately. Like Google-docs, the creator of the watchlist could be the controller of who gets to see, or edit, their folder. Wittylama (talk) 15:30, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I watch well over a thousand pages, even after trying periodically to cut the number down and removing stale discussions. This would be of immense use to me as a editor, and I could sort pages according to categories, or just by namespace: User talkpages, wikipedia discussion pages, articles, templates. Then by highly edited pages, stale discussions, deleted pages (shown on recreation). And by organize by subject, I could even move deletion discussions into their own watchlist. it's a great idea. That being said tags and filtering could be fine, but only if I can add pages to the tag with two clicks (I am not typing the tags out on every page). A Den Jentyl Ettien Avel Dysklyver (talk) 15:35, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I totally support this one too.--Temp3600 (talk) 11:14, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Something like this was exist for years on mobiles as extension, and was removed a couple of months ago. Great idea. IKhitron (talk) 11:55, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Actually this can be done by "watching" relating edits to some list - so one can create multiple lists as one's subpages and watch them. But I'll support this new possibility too. --Infovarius (talk) 13:51, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

Voting

  • Oppose Oppose. Nice idea at the first glance, but I have major concerns about this. Mostly about performance. Actual watchlists are problematic on their own, when fairly big (>1000 entries). Now imagine multiple watchlists, with duplicate entries. The performance would be a nightmare, the database requirements as well. Any reasonable solution will need a fixed limid for maximum number of watchlist entries. This alone would require a whole-community debate (RfC on Meta at least). I could support some proposal for "structured" watchlist (e. g. arranged according to the user's requirements), but not this proposal as it stands. --Vachovec1 (talk) 20:02, 27 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Rschen7754 01:38, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Make it happen. MER-C (talk) 02:03, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Supportviciarg414 08:40, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Wittylama (talk) 10:29, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Stryn (talk) 11:50, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support The concern from @Vachovec1: can be solved by making this as enabled on selected wikis, not all wikis. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 13:26, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Sadads (talk) 13:52, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support YFdyh000 (talk) 16:26, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Would help me a lot as I've a huge watchlist and not always much time — Arkanosis 17:35, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support — Draceane talkcontrib. 18:51, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Sannita - not just another it.wiki sysop 19:55, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Glad to see that the feature I requested in previous years is still being requested, hope to see it done this year *crosses fingers* Ynhockey (talk) 20:30, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Laboramus (talk) 20:48, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support — Luchesar • T/C 21:38, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Thomas Obermair 4 (talk) 23:09, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Libcub (talk) 05:25, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support bspf Meuble Moucheture d hermine.svg (talk) 07:57, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support - Just like having multiple shopping lists at Amazon. --George Ho (talk) 08:25, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support This is great, not all entries in a watchlist are there for the same reason. Donald Trung (Talk 🤳🏻) (My global lock 🔒) (My global unlock 🔓) 12:51, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support can support tags for watchlist items, being able to order those 'folder' style, and being able to filter on those tags in your watchlist —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 17:17, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Slafayette (talk) 19:30, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support 4nn1l2 (talk) 19:41, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ermahgerd9 (talk) 20:26, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support will be really useful when you have a long watchlist or if you do a lot of patrolling and need to keep your own projects separate from vandalized articles. Bardia90 (talk) 20:35, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Patar knightchat/contributions 20:48, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Would be a way of getting round the 1,000 limit. Keith D (talk) 21:34, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Helder 23:28, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Zhangj1079 talk 01:57, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support per User:Bardia90. DMacks (talk) 04:45, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support I know there are scripts for this, but it would be nice to have something built in. Nihlus 05:06, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 07:58, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support - yona B. (D) 08:42, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Sakretsu (talk) 09:53, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ottawahitech (talk) 11:14, 30 November 2017 (UTC) Please ping me
  • Support Support Sunfyre (talk) 13:55, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Veneziano (talk) 14:15, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:07, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Nizil Shah (talk) 18:31, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Dromedar61 (talk) 21:55, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Nicolabel (talk) 15:11, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support ThePlatypusofDoom (talk) 17:04, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support MGChecker (talk) 23:58, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Whats new? (talk) 00:24, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Amir (talk) 01:05, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Wostr (talk) 11:19, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 (talk) 12:43, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Duży Bartek (talk) 13:55, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Matiia (talk) 15:43, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 22:12, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support HugoHelp (talk) 02:53, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  08:39, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support בר (talk) 14:26, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Fixer88 (talk) 17:10, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support --Tractopelle-jaune (talk) 18:21, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support --Grüße vom Sänger ♫(Reden) 20:43, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Epìdosis 08:17, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Yeza (talk) 20:01, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support LaMèreVeille (talk) 21:10, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Nabla (talk) 21:12, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support SupportBilorv (talk) 01:41, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Best idea I've seen in a long time! Shock Brigade Harvester Boris (talk) 04:48, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support My watchlist became useless a long time ago. Good ideas, but has to be studied well from a performance/load perspective. Anthere (talk) 16:21, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support enL3X1 ¡‹delayed reaction›¡ 16:56, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Uanfala (talk) 20:47, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support, it would be great, I could have a list of articles I'd like to keep my eye on, and articles I plan to improve (it would also be great if I could add comments to the items on the list). Alensha (talk) 21:14, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Kudpung (talk) 21:29, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Great idea for editors with many or wide-ranging watchlist articles WWGB (talk) 00:39, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ealdgyth (talk) 14:11, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support agree with Anthere; perhaps to start with watchlists per name space? Klaas `Z4␟` V:  23:06, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support 15zulu (talk) 07:10, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support --jdx Re: 20:50, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Carnildo (talk) 03:21, 9 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Fano (talk) 12:06, 9 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:01, 9 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Premeditated Chaos (talk) 05:04, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Provided that performance concerns are addressed. Ruslik (talk) 16:39, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support -- Amanda (aka DQ) 18:24, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Perrak (talk) 21:20, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Spinster (talk) 22:15, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support NicoScribe (talk) 09:46, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Infovarius (talk) 13:51, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ldorfman (talk) 16:53, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Abbe98 (talk) 17:03, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Martin Kraft (talk) 17:51, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Personally I would prefer to have two watchlists: one for pages where every change is of an interest for me (articles I created, request pages I watch as an admin) and lower priority pages I might be interested in but will not check every edit — NickK (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2017 (UTC)