Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Categories/Better tracking of category changes

Better tracking of category changes

  • Problem: For a few years, category changes have had dedicated entries in recent changes and watchlist. This is useful for watchlist – when you watch a category and have category changes enabled, you can see recent additions and removals to the category. For recent changes, this isn't much useful as it lists changes to any category. For Special:RecentChangesLinked ("related changes"), it only shows additions to the category. It's because when you remove a page from the category, it is no longer "linked" and thus it isn't listed in the related changes anymore. I believe this isn't logical as this change is pretty much related. Additionally, the diff links of category changes are quite buggy and could be fixed as part of this wish.
  • Who would benefit: Wiki gnomes checking for mistakes, patrollers checking for vandalism, wikis with complex categorizations
  • Proposed solutions (one of these):
    1. Improve Special:RecentChangesLinked to implicitly show additions and removals of the category
    2. Create a dedicated "mode" for categories in Special:RecentChangesLinked (i.e., make #1 explicit)
    3. Create a new special page dedicated to category changes (similarly, there is Special:NewPages for pages creations)
  • More comments: All of these could also add a filter for additions/removals only. Option #3 a stand alone tool to see whats been added or removed from a category in the last 30, 60, 90 days.
  • Phabricator tickets: phab:T89582, phab:T130134 (general problem); phab:T140602, phab:T147770, phab:T148533, phab:T243965, phab:T264491 (diff links, could be duplicates)
  • Proposer: --Matěj Suchánek (talk) 10:25, 30 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]