Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Watchlists/Allow diffs to be marked as unvisited

Allow diffs to be marked as unvisited

  • Problem: On occasions, an edit is made that appears to be good faith, but I want to check it more thoroughly, either when I have more time or better access to sources. However as diffs are automatically marked as visited when I view them, it is not currently possible to keep it flagged to remind me to review it later.
  • Proposed solution: When a diff is viewed on a page that is in a watchlist, allow a method of marking the diff as unvisited/unread.
  • Who would benefit: All editors
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Voice of Clam (talk) 09:31, 16 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • +1, I need this! Thanks for the proposal. — Draceane talkcontrib. 16:02, 17 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I think it makes more sense just to open the diff in a new tab if you want to revisit it. --Izno (talk) 19:00, 17 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • That still marks the diff as visited. Voice of Clam (talk) 19:03, 17 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      Why do you need to care if the diff is or is not visited if the diff to be consumed is on another tab (or window, however you want to organize things)? Izno (talk) 19:24, 17 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      Because it may be some time before I can properly review the diff (e.g. I'm away from home, and I don't have access to a reference book), and I don't want to fill my browser with open tabs for that period of time. No different to marking an email as unread if it needs further action later. Voice of Clam (talk) 19:47, 17 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      The difference is that this is a team made to resolve volunteer wishes and Outlook/Gmail are not. ;) I definitely know what my priority will be when we get to voting if it's an issue for you of "I don't want to have tabs open". Izno (talk) 06:32, 18 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      Yes, doing that is part of the reason I have hundreds of open tabs everywhere. ~~~~
      User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
      23:22, 11 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • A decade ago I created Special:ApiHelp/setnotificationtimestamp with the idea of making a user script to do something like this. I never got around to writing the script though. Anomie (talk) 23:20, 28 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Are you talking about the watchlist's last visit timestamp feature (ie. bolding)? The browser's CSS styling for visited links? Patrolling? Something else? --Tgr (talk) 00:32, 30 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Seems reasonably helpful, though maybe less so for people using email watchlist notifications, which can be marked as unread. ~~~~
    User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
    23:24, 11 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]