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- T9148: Watch edits which add or remove pages from a category
T109759: [CatWatch] Request for blocklist/allowlist feature for category addition watchlist
T109651: French Wiktionary categories are displayed instead of the articles titles
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- T110340: [CatWatch] Add setting for disabling categorization recent changes & watching on a site (per wiki)
T9148: Watch edits which add or remove pages from a category
T109638: Page categorization logs expose user's IP
T109672: [CatWatch] Preference for whether category changes affecting watched categories should trigger an email notification (separate from general enotifwatchlist)
On fr.wiktionary and other heavily categorized wikis the Recent Changes and Watchlists are flooded by modifications on category members. This new feature is certainly useful in some cases, but not to the point of having it by default for everyone in every project. Different projects have different needs.
I second the idea of Glaisher to disable this feature by default in a given project if its community requests it.
For the time being (copied from https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commons:Village_pump&oldid=169161650#Let.27s_try_a_little_FAQ ):
- To permanently "opt-out"/filter-out: Hide categorization of pages in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-watchlist
- To temporarily filter-out: Hide page categorization at "Watchlist options" in Special:Watchlist or Special:RecentChanges
On zhwiki, as @hat600 requested, this feature results Special:Recentchanges as overflow, see https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:互助客栈/技术#.E6.9C.80.E8.BF.91.E6.9B.B4.E6.94.B9.E5.92.8C.E7.9B.91.E8.A7.86.E5.88.97.E8.A1.A8.E5.B0.86.E6.98.BE.E7.A4.BA.E5.88.86.E7.B1.BB.E5.86.85.E7.9A.84.E9.A1.B5.E9.9D.A2.E5.8F.98.E5.8A.A8
Most of the justification for disabling the feature by default is that it is slightly annoying on large wikis where things are heavily categorized.
This does not cover the majority of wikis (thinking outside of the wikimedia world)
If this feature were to be disabled by default the majority of users of mediawiki would not even know that it exists.
The feature should be enabled by default but have a configuration option.
This option could then be switched on large heavily categorised wikis if those wikis do not wish to see such RC entries.