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Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Watchlists/Personal notes on watchlisted items

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Personal notes on watchlisted items

  • Problem: When watchlists become long, it is impossible to remember why you added an item to your watchlist.
  • Who would benefit: All editors
  • Proposed solution: When an item is added to a watchlist, include an optional query to the editor to add a short note about why it is being added to the watchlist. This field would be viewable only by the editor.
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: --Hammersoft (talk) 12:59, 25 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]


  • I find it quite difficult to manage a long watchlist. The inability to note why I've added something to my watchlist is one of the most frustrating problems. Sometimes I want to watchlist an item to remind me to edit it later. Sometimes I added it because I want to temporarily watch a page due to an uptick in vandalism on the page. Sometimes I watchlist an item because something is going to happen regarding the subject in the near future, and the article will need attention either for editing or for guarding it against vandalism. When you add an item to a watchlist, it's a catch all pile with no differentiation. A few months on, I likely will have no recollection as to why I added an item to my watchlist. --Hammersoft (talk) 12:59, 25 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • Implementing this in some way might mitigate the issue brought up in Accessible List of Pages on Watchlist" Philiptdotcom (talk) 14:10, 14 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]