Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Watchlists/Automatically watch pages containing specific string

Automatically watch pages containing specific stringEdit

  • Problem: There may be some pages you want to follow automatically after they've been created. For example on Meta-Wiki you would like to follow all the new Tech News (like Tech/News/2017/46) or on Wikipedias some project pages like "Requests for adminship" or pages that have a "(2017 movie)" in their title. Now you can only add them on your watchlist manually, but if there is an option to automatically add all pages for example starting with "Tech/News*" to your watchlist it would be very handy.
  • Who would benefit: Users who want to follow new pages they are interested of.
  • Proposed solution: Add an option to add strings of page titles that would be automatically followed after pages are created.
  • More comments:
  • Proposer: Stryn (talk) 18:52, 16 November 2017 (UTC)


  • @Stryn: I think this is phab:T4308, but I'll leave it for you to add to the proposal in case I'm mistaken. (Also that task's description needs to be rewritten for clarity). See also the semi-related phab:T166924. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 00:41, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Added the first phab link, but the second is about getting a notification so I didn't add it. Stryn (talk) 15:10, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
  • @Stryn: What do you think about watching all pages (as they come in) in a category as a way to solve this problem instead? That sounds much more feasible and idiot-proof. There's a proposal for it here - Watchlist created on categories -- NKohli (WMF) (talk) 00:45, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
  • @NKohli (WMF): Not all pages include categories + for example wikiprojects can be in many different categories, so you should first watch all the categories in order to find the new wikiproject pages. Stryn (talk) 10:18, 21 November 2017 (UTC)