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Feature Request: Multiple Watchlists for Bookmarking Articles
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I would like to be able to bookmark articles and save them to lists based on their categories, e.g. Politics, Science, Pop Culture, etc.

From what I can tell, if you want to bookmark or watch an article, you can only put them all on the same global watchlist. It'd be really useful if users could simply have multiple watchlists and adjust preferences for them accordingly, both for editing/monitoring changes, and also just for bookmarking to easily find/share favorite articles.

Being able to make your lists of articles optionally public would be a cool extension of that feature as well. I'd love to see themed personally curated collections of interesting articles to read.

First time creating a feature request, so let me know if I've done something wrong or if there's anything I could or should do to help move the request along, thanks!

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Aklapper closed this task as a duplicate of T3492: Multiple watchlists.Mar 21 2017, 10:10 AM

Hi @BaronBoehm, thanks for taking the time to report this!
This particular problem has already been reported into our bug tracking system as T3492, but please feel free to report any further issues you find. Further handling of the reported issue happens in T3492.

BaronBoehm added a comment.EditedMar 21 2017, 10:23 AM

Thanks @Aklapper!

I noticed it isn't assigned to anyone. How does the assignment of tasks work? Can anyone contribute to the project or does it have to be some approved developer? E.g. if I have a working solution for this task, could I just submit a pull request?

Also is there any way when donating to wikipedia/wikimedia to list ticket numbers and have extra weight/priority by paying for the development?

If there's nothing like that, I might want to open up a new request for that! You could even provide all or part of the donated money for that feature as a bounty for the developer working on it to both reward them for their time, and also drive feature development.

I noticed it isn't assigned to anyone. How does the assignment of tasks work? Can anyone contribute to the project or does it have to be some approved developer? E.g. if I have a working solution for this task, could I just submit a pull request?

Everybody's patches are welcome in Gerrit - see How to become a MediaWiki hacker for general info if you feel like hacking a bit. :)
(However this specific request about multiple watchlist could be pretty complex so you may need to dive deeply into the code of MediaWiki core.)

Also is there any way when donating to wikipedia/wikimedia to list ticket numbers and have extra weight/priority by paying for the development?

Once a year there is a Community Wishlist Survey (see the last one; also see its FAQ for more questions or feel free to ask on the talk page).
This request was brought up but currently lacks an owner.

@BaronBoehm FWIW https://trending.wmflabs.org/ provides this functionality (although all lists are public) and there was a failed attempt to build this at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Gather - the issues were not really technical but social. It hit a lot of issues with community members who were unhappy with the concept of public reading lists and lack of moderation (for instance it raised questions such as what do you go if someone creates a non-neutral point of view list such as "Evil companies" and whether another editor is allowed to edit it/delete it. All these problems were not clearly solved in a timely manner which led to its eventual shutdown.