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Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Watchlists/More Options for Auto-Watching

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More Options for Auto-Watching

  • Problem: In the Preferences there is a check box that lets you "Add pages I create and files I upload to my watchlist". This means every time you make a new page, it will be added to your watchlist. For people who work on Recent Changes, and others who categorize talk pages, etc, this means that in the course of a couple hours you can add potentially hundreds of pages to your Watchlist.
  • Who would benefit: Editors across the board.
  • Proposed solution: There should be an option to further choose the pages you want to watch, sorted by namespace. For example, if I'm a content creator and also work on RCP, I want to continue to automatically watch my Article pages I create, but I don't necessarily want to follow every User Talk page that I put a warning on. Likewise I don't want to automatically follow every Talk page that I put a WikiProject tag on.
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  • Note the existing preference only controls the default state of the "Watch this page" checkbox on the edit form. The best solution for people with complex needs might be a user script or gadget that further adjusts that checkbox with JavaScript when the edit form is loaded. Anomie (talk) 15:18, 9 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  • +1 to a gadget or something, we don't need more preferences here. 😂 (talk) 00:38, 10 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]