Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Watchlists/Automatic notification of new links to a page should be able to be activated/deactivated on a per page basis

Automatic notification of new links to a page should be able to be activated/deactivated on a per page basis

  • Problem: Currently, the creator of a page gets notifications when the page gets linked from elsewhere. It's possible to deactivate this in the settings for all pages but when you create 10 pages and a single page gets constant notifications it's not possible to deactivate the feature for the single page.
Additionally, it's not possible for other people to switch on these notifications for a page that they didn't create.
  • Who would benefit: Users who create a lot of pages where some pages get a lot of incoming links and the resulting notifications on specific pages are annoying. The biggest benefit will be in Wikidata where some pages get thousands or even millions of incoming links.
Users who want to get more information about pages they didn't create also benefit.
  • Proposed solution: Create a per page setting that allows a user to activate or deactivate the notifications that are sent when the page gets linked.
  • More comments:


  • ChristianK, I'm confused as I've never seen automatic notification of backlinking (links to a page). I wrote a program specifically for this purpose, to notify when a page gets new backlinks (see Bakclinks Watchlist). If this is built-in to the system somewhere I'd like to see it. Thanks. -- GreenC (talk) 17:01, 8 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • It works, but only if you have created the page in question, and then always, unless you turn it off in your preferences (maybe it’s off by default, and that’s why you don’t know about it?). It can be turned off only globally, and can’t be turned on for any page if you aren’t the author of the first revision. These limitations are what this proposal wants to get rid of. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 17:26, 8 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @ChristianKl: I happened to create a Phabricator ticket for exactly this a week ago. I've added it to the proposal in the Phabricator section, but please read the description I wrote and remove it if it's not what you meant. Wittylama (talk) 16:59, 14 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]