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The article on the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies[edit]

I now have really to complain about the removal of a Jersualem Post article which I included and which was later removed by a user, who claims to be an adherent of the "Palestinian cause". I, user Norrona, wish peace to each side, Salam, Shalom, and what have you. What the article in the JP said was, however, if you wish, an olive branch of peace from Israel's most authoritative newspaper to the work of an Arab Think Tank, which is headed, as the Wikipedia article says, by a very controversial Arab citizen of Israel and former Knesset member of Parliament, Mr. Azmi Bishara. In the contribution about the Arab Opinion Index, the Jerusalem Post very praisingly mentioned the work of the Arab intellectuals, who authored the Index in the first place. To remove such a quotation from the pages of Wikipedia, amounts almost to saying that Israeli, or for that member, Jewish voices on democracy in the Middle East do not count. I really have to call such a deletion vandalism, sorry. John de Norrona (talk) 18:30, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

"Starred diffs" feature on watchlist?[edit]

Perhaps this has been suggested before, but would others find it helpful if we had the ability to "star" diffs that appeared in our watchlist? Say, you are viewing your watchlist, and you see a diff that you wish to respond to, but first you want to review other diffs first. You could "star" the diff as a reminder to follow up later. Perhaps "starred" diffs even jump up to a separate section, above the most recent ones in your watchlist. Or, maybe they remain in chronological order, but do not fall off the bottom of your watchlist (expire) until the "star" designation is removed. If you know you will be going out of town for a few days, you could flag the most recent diff you reviewed in your watchlist… as a placeholder for where to begin upon your return. Could be similar to the "starred" message system used by Gmail. Just some thoughts. I'd love any feedback or other ideas. --Another Believer (Talk) 21:55, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

2,599 watch pages!!![edit]

I have just discovered that there are apparently 2,599 pages on my watch list. Where do they come from? I cannot remember asking for more than three or four of them. Is this something Wikipedia feels is necessary? Is there any easy way of getting rid of them all? Maybe someone can just delete them for me?--Ipigott (talk) 20:05, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

I guess you have a setting to add pages at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-watchlist. Special:Watchlist has a link on "Edit raw watchlist". You can quickly clear the watchlist there. It has no page history or revert option so be sure you want it. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:56, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

An "inverse" watchlist?[edit]

Would someone with the know-how consider adding the option to view and edit a watchlist according to how long pages on it have remained unchanged, please?
A suggestion is to use a script with this, but this is beyond my means. Sardanaphalus (talk) 10:12, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

I can't help you, but I really like the idea! Sander.v.Ginkel (talk) 14:40, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Number of edits[edit]

Besides the green point/button (unseen edit(s) on the page), it would be great if it's possible that the watchlist indicates how many changes there has been on a page since the last visit. Many times someone edits a page and does a minor edit/typo afterwards, which appears on the watchlist and doesn't look interesting.. Wikipedia 'knows' when you visited the last time the page, so it should be able to calculate how many edits there has been done in the meanwhile. It would be great if this could be indicated in brackets behind the green point. Sander.v.Ginkel (talk) 14:39, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Not working[edit]

It gives me this error:

Not Found - The requested URL /wiki/Special:Watchlist was not found on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

What's the deal? It was working fine an hour ago. Dustin (talk) 20:34, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Now other stuff isn't working either. Dustin (talk) 20:36, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Be patient, the experts are on to this at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical). -- John of Reading (talk) 20:49, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
Okay, I asked because about half of the pages were giving me these errors. Dustin (talk) 20:55, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Multi-project watchlists[edit]

Section is outdated. Tool server is no more. Maybe someone knows if the Multi-project watchlist tool has been ported and a new URL. -- GreenC 23:28, 7 July 2014 (UTC)


What's the significance of the ◌ and • symbols at the start of each line, beside each "(diff | hist)"? The source code mentions "mw-changeslist-list-line-not-watched" and "mw-changeslist-list-line-watched" Bogger (talk) 09:58, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Size limitation[edit]

I've moved this from the help page, because it's not cited and has remained so for 8 years:

If you have a very large watchlist, bringing up the edit interface (Special:Watchlist/edit) can take a very long time. It may take so long that the server may terminate the query before any data has been returned to you,[1] resulting in a completely blank page. How big your watchlist can be before you start having problems depends on the server load, so no exact threshold can be safely given. As of January 27, 2006, some highly unscientific testing has shown that watchlists bigger than ~9800 pages on the English Wikipedia will usually cause problems.[citation needed] This value may be used as a tentative upper limit. If you still have problems at that size, manually reduce the number of watched pages until it works reliably again, and prune your watchlist regularly to avoid running into the limitation again.

I've moved the link to the essay to the 'see also' section. Kind regards, --Tom (LT) (talk) 10:00, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

I currently have 19,168 articles on my watchlist (nearly every article I've created, plus a few hundred others) and I've had no problems so far. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 08:55, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

How many watchers?[edit]

Is there a way to find out how many people are watching an article (i.e. have the article on their watchlists)? Axl ¤ [Talk] 17:23, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

@Axl: Yes. For instance, you can find out the number of watchers for this page by visiting here. You can click on 'Page information' link which can be found on the sidebar under the Tools section. --Glaisher (talk) 17:27, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, Glaisher. The page that I am interested in has "fewer than 30 watchers2. It's not as precise as I was hoping, but still useful. Axl ¤ [Talk] 19:04, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

A second watchlist might be useful[edit]

I think it would be very useful to have another, separate watchlist. I participated in many conversations (talk pages) and sometimes I forget to check if someone answered me or posted after me. Therefore I would like to have another watchlist, specially for current discussions. I think it would be nice to have such a watchlist, where to keep only the pages that are very important for you. The regular watchlist is growing every day so it can't be used for such a purposes. For the moment, I am using a trick: in the "Edit summary" field I am placing a (TOFOLLOW) label, so I can quickly find those pages when I consult the history of my contributions. For example this edit. Using bookmarks doesn't help since I am using Wikipedia from many computers, and on some of them I can't use Browser's Sync feature.

Or, to implement user-defined tags, so I can filter the edits in my contributions log by my own tags. Then I can set the contributions log to show me only the edits where I have placed "TOFOLLOW" tag. —  Ark25  (talk) 15:27, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Perennial proposals#Watchlist changes. PrimeHunter (talk) 18:35, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
Oh nice, thanks! —  Ark25  (talk) 09:20, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Article titles bolded in Watchlist[edit]

Sometimes random article titles appearing in my watchlist are bolded for no apparent reason. It is not because the change is over 500 bytes, and I cannot see any other explanation for it. It does not happen every time, and is only one or two titles at any given time. It is not the newest items on the list either. Has anyone else witnessed this before, or are able to explain it? Thanks, AtHomeIn神戸 (talk) 01:52, 26 January 2015 (UTC)