Page move vandalism creates watchlist clutter
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Author: wikimedia

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Anyone who has a substantial and established watchlist on a wiki like Wikipedia probably has some unwelcome additions to it since they added the first items. Every time a page move vandal moves a watched page to a title which is subsequently reverted and deleted, a redlink to the title is left behind in the watchlist of everybody who was watching the page. The result is when I actually checked my list recently to prune some entries, it was full of redlinks to pages like [[HAGGER???????]] and [[George W. Bush on Wheels!!!]].

Needless to say this looks pretty bad to anybody who isn't familiar with the vandalism which goes on an is a royal pain to clear out.

Obviously normally it makes sense to watch both the source and destination of a page move. It also makes sense to keep watching a page which has been deleted if you specifically asked to watch. I don't know if this kind of information is readily available in the MW database, but I'd think the logical thing to do is if a page watched as the result of a page move is deleted, then it gets unwatched. Or possibly this is something that can be integrated into the function of rollback/revert buttons.


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Severity: normal
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Watchlist/edit
See Also:
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3185

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bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitOct 30 2008, 5:16 AM

mike.lifeguard+bugs wrote:

(In reply to comment #0)
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Obviously normally it makes sense to watch both the source and destination of a
page move. It also makes sense to keep watching a page which has been deleted
if you specifically asked to watch. I don't know if this kind of information is
readily available in the MW database, but I'd think the logical thing to do is
if a page watched as the result of a page move is deleted, then it gets
unwatched. Or possibly this is something that can be integrated into the
function of rollback/revert buttons.

Perhaps I'm dense, but what is the obvious reason for watching the redirect page after someone moves a page?

siebrand added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 2 2009, 11:42 AM

Changing component to "Watchlist"

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 2 2009, 11:59 AM

wikimedia wrote:

(In reply to comment #1)

Perhaps I'm dense, but what is the obvious reason for watching the redirect
page after someone moves a page?

Mmm, good point. I could think of a couple of scenarios where it would be useful but actually would then be doing decision-making on your behalf on a level which is only useful in a few select cases. Unwatching shadow redirects seems sensible.

Thryduulf added a comment.Via ConduitJun 30 2009, 11:06 AM

See also Bug 3185 "Page move rollback should not leave a redirect", if this were in place then there would be redirect from the vandalised title for you to be watching.

MarkAHershberger added a comment.Via ConduitOct 11 2011, 7:54 PM

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?diff=455038876&oldid=455033536

: I just checked the list of pages on my watchlist and I spotted ''Hurricane Shit (2011)'' and ''Hurricane Shithead'', even though I never watchlisted or visited them.

MarkAHershberger added a comment.Via ConduitMar 9 2012, 5:21 AM

Only person who has touched this in the past 3 years is me. Lowering priority.

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