Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Watchlists/Multiple watchlists

Multiple watchlists

  • Proposed solution: Exactly what it says on the tin. Any logged in user, whether they are a reader, casual editor, long term contributor or administrator, can create multiple lists of articles they monitor for various reasons, giving them a title (e.g. "Game of Thrones related articles", "important", "stuff I want to read later", "TODO", "articles prone to spam"). Users may or may not be interested in the edits to each page. We've been here before, so there is no need to repeat the multiple user stories this would address and the detailed justification (which you can find at the Phabricator ticket below).


  • Endorse. I watch about 5000 articles, and on any given day about 100 of them get edited. Some days I will do politics and others I do science but often I do not want to jump subject to subject. If I could sort my own articles into separate watchlists then I feel like I could be more efficient. I would also like shareable watchlists. Sometimes groups of people all want to watch the same collection of 1000 articles but not every individual in the group should have to set up that list of 1000 for their own account. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:51, 8 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Question for MER-C: wanted to avoid forking this if it can be the same proposal: are you married to multiple "lists", what if a watched item could have associated user-specific "tags", with a tag based filter for viewing? (May be difficult with RSS feeds). — xaosflux Talk 15:24, 8 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I can see your suggestion providing the described functionality, but I'll pass judgment until the UI wireframes and API interface show up (Special:Editwatchlist/raw may have problems). MER-C (talk) 04:53, 9 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Amazing idea, this would help so much. SEMMENDINGER (talk) 21:15, 8 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I too would love this. Effectively it is "folders" for watchlists. Could we add the feature to make it possible to have a "shared" folder that others could also subscribe to? This would enable a people to watch, and un-watch a set of articles (e.g. Articles with specific Arb-com sanctions on them; articles created during a particular Editathon, articles related to a Wikiproject) without each person having to add (and remove) items individually from their own watchlists separately. Like Google-docs, the creator of the watchlist could be the controller of who gets to see, or edit, their folder. Wittylama (talk) 15:30, 9 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I watch well over a thousand pages, even after trying periodically to cut the number down and removing stale discussions. This would be of immense use to me as a editor, and I could sort pages according to categories, or just by namespace: User talkpages, wikipedia discussion pages, articles, templates. Then by highly edited pages, stale discussions, deleted pages (shown on recreation). And by organize by subject, I could even move deletion discussions into their own watchlist. it's a great idea. That being said tags and filtering could be fine, but only if I can add pages to the tag with two clicks (I am not typing the tags out on every page). A Den Jentyl Ettien Avel Dysklyver (talk) 15:35, 9 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I totally support this one too.--Temp3600 (talk) 11:14, 12 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Something like this was exist for years on mobiles as extension, and was removed a couple of months ago. Great idea. IKhitron (talk) 11:55, 13 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Actually this can be done by "watching" relating edits to some list - so one can create multiple lists as one's subpages and watch them. But I'll support this new possibility too. --Infovarius (talk) 13:51, 11 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]