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Investigate: Increasing wllimit values
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Problem: Restricted limits on watchlist views, make it hard to keep up with changes, if we're not continuously active on a wiki.

Two proposals in the 2016 community wishlist, propose increasing the "1,000" page limit currently given in wllimit as shown in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-watchlist e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-watchlist

I'm filing this to get a technical response on:

  • Are there performance concerns with increasing this limit?
    • If so, could they be resolved by only increasing the limit for certain user-groups (and how complicated would that be)?
  • Are there any other concerns?

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Quiddity created this task.Nov 20 2016, 8:42 PM
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Ah, per https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Watching_pages#Watchlist "Technically, the watchlist is just another way to filter recent changes. The entries come from the recentchanges table and are therefore restricted to edits not older than $wgRCMaxAge (30 days in most WMF projects)." so that's a completely different issue, and not likely to change. I'll edit the task title/description to reduce this to just the page limit item.

Quiddity renamed this task from Investigate: Increasing wllimit and watchlistdays values to Investigate: Increasing wllimit values.Nov 20 2016, 8:47 PM
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Trizek-WMF added a subscriber: Trizek-WMF.EditedJan 9 2018, 2:33 PM

I have that question here, to increase the limit to 5000, or, if not possible, 2000 edits, "to catch old vandalisms". What are the blockers, other than an impossible to load watchlist (that people will ask to fix, ans so on...)?

Catrope added a subscriber: Catrope.Jan 9 2018, 5:03 PM

If people want to find old vandalism, better ways to do that might be 1) for the user to use ORES filters to hone in on edits likely to be vandalism, 2) for us to add pagination. With pagination you could click "next 500" ten times, instead of having to wait 10x as long to load a single batch of 5k edits.

I like that option of pagination while ORES is not available on all wikis.

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