Wikipedia talk:Special:UnwatchedPages

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Related Changes[edit]

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What about an option to store them to a page that can be viewed using the related changes feature? That way, you can still have your personal watchlist that you care about, and also watch these millions of pages. Thoughts? -Mysekurity 07:03, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

Second. Having admins add 100+ pages to their watchlist just doesn't scale. — Ambush Commander(Talk) 03:35, 19 January 2006 (UTC)
Absolutly. I would watch even more pages if I didn't have to weed through them to see my "really important" ones. On a somewhat related not, are we ever going to get to see what comes after the first 1000? I for one would like to know if Yukon is watched...or even Advertise- Trevor MacInnis (Talk | Contribs) 05:24, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

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(Merged with much earlier section with the same name.02:43, 15 April 2012 (UTC))

Here's an idea. I'd have to look into the actual technical implementation, but there must be a way to make this list work with Related Changes. That way anyone with an interest in checking these pages can simply pull up the list whenever they want, and there's little if any security concerns.
— V = IR (Talk • Contribs) 02:40, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

As an aside, to answer that earlier question from 2006, Yukon has 106 watchers at the moment. waggers (talk) 15:10, 16 April 2012 (UTC)
117. Respectfully, Tiyang (talk) 11:00, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Yet another opening proposal[edit]

How about this: The UnwatchedPages itself is only visible to admins, but rollbackers can request visibility for pages relating to a certain topic (i.e. relating to their WikiProjects). Looking through the discussions above, I've seen a lot of back-and-forth about this issue, but it seems like a restricted opening would really help to lessen the load and this idea hasn't been tried yet. Course, then the issue would be knowledge of this page (which I only found through the Counter-Vandalism Unit), but that seems like a minor one compared to the others. Supernerd11 :D Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 00:23, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Alas, I think that could be difficult to implement, because the underlying data is just a flat list of pages - it's not a table with columns for category, wikiproject &c. So, how would Special:UnwatchedPages know which ones to show you? bobrayner (talk) 00:32, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
@Kevin Gorman, Anna Frodesiak, Materialscientist, and Kudpung: First, the earlier proposal (unwatched pages should be opened to rollbackers) RfC was never closed although a bot removed the RfC banner, so I would posit that the consensus supported such devolution of admin powers. Second, I supported that proposal and would support any proposal that lowered our potential vulnerability. Finally, the one snag is that even if you went through manually to determine which articles belonged in which WikiProject, I'm not sure all those unwatched pages belong in a WikiProject and many WikiProjects have been only semi-active or completely inactive since users started leaving in 2009. (For example, you might have a AfD discussion that is unwatched, doesn't have an identified WikiProject, or falls into a WikiProject like History that's dying a slow death.) Chris Troutman (talk) 00:52, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I think Bob and Chris both raise good points re: the feasibility of making it Wikiproject-specific. Both previous proposals did have pretty strong support amongst those who commented, but didn't receive very many comments for a proposal that involved devolving admin powers, and are both stale enough that I at least wouldn't want to try to close one as successful. From a practical standpoint: this isn't currently a very useful page, and would require something approaching a complete rebuild in order to become useful - unless the Foundation or a volunteer dev wanted to pick up supporting it, I don't think there's much point in debating whether or not we should devolve it to rollbackers - it's just too useless to be worth the words spent discussing it. To give you an idea, currently the last unwatched page you can see is 1961_Wilkes_200 - it doesn't even extend the list far enough to see pages that don't start with a number. Kevin Gorman (talk) 01:32, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
The sad truth is that this page itself lists only 1000 entries and does not even get to unwatched pages starting with the letter "A". There is no interest in the part of the developers and powers that be in making this easier to use (there has been a Bugzilla request in to fix it somehow for years and years). Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:35, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
That is a separate problem. It would be good if we could fix list depth or allow people to start at an arbitrary point in the alphabet; it would also be good if we could let a wider range of trusted editors access the list. It would be even better if we could do both, but they are separate problems, and the existence of one is not a reason to avoid solving the other. bobrayner (talk) 01:43, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
What about implementing a search function for just the UnwatchedPages, like WP:AFC's got? At least some that are later in the alphabet (or in the alphabet at all) could be put on a watchlist, if only found by dumb luck. Supernerd11 :D Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 01:53, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Counting entries[edit]

See Wikipedia:VPT#Number of unwatched pages – Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:31, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

How does this work?[edit]

What's the metric for counting a page as "unwatched"? Zero total watchers? Zero active-editor watchers? Or some threshold low number of watchers?

And why can I see only the first 5000 of these articles? I am sure there are more, because #5000 has a title starting with the character "1" just like the 4999 before it. ~Anachronist (talk) 23:45, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

Anachronist - Yes, pages listed here have 0 watchers - no user accounts have the pages listed here added to their watchlist. I know that this is an old discussion, but I wanted to answer the question nonetheless :-). ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 17:18, 31 August 2018 (UTC)