Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Watchlists/Automatically unwatch pages after a certain, user defined, amount of time

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Automatically unwatch pages after a certain, user defined, amount of time

  • Problem: I am one of those users who have his preferences set to automatically watch any page I edit. This is usually done to make sure replies to pages aren't missed or to catch any edits made in response to one's own. Unfortunately, over time the watchlist grows to an unmanageable size, and becomes too large to effectively monitor.
  • Who would benefit: Anyone with growing watchlists, or users with this setting enabled.
  • Proposed solution: The solution is to allow for the option for the page to automatically be removed from the watchlist after a given amount of time has elapsed. Users can define how long the page should be watchlisted, when the pages being watchlisted should have an expiry, and be able to adjust the expiry on a per page basis for example.
  • More comments: The ideal solution is adjusting this feature from the preferences page. The user can define whether automatically watched pages should be automatically unwatched, or if all watched pages should automatically unwatch themselves, define how long they prefer the default time should be before they automatically unwatch, be able to set the expiry to reset if they edited the watched page, and also set the option if the user wants to be prompted for an expiry when they manually watch a page.


  • Great idea. It would also be nice if you could set such an expiry date from your watchlist itself (so you can, for example, set a page that you only want to watch because there is a news story on it). This would be kind of like how the feature where you can allow of removal of watchlist entries from the watchlist itself if you turn on a specific preference to do so. RileyBugz (talk) 19:38, 8 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Excellent idea! That would help all the good folks who anti-vandal-patrol, start and/or process deletion requests. --Hedwig in Washington (talk) 20:36, 8 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]