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Clicking a link unexpectedly changes 'usenewrc' preference
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If I visit a link such as this one, I find that my watchlist is unexpectedly changed to the "grouped" format with no obvious way to turn it back.

Preferences should generally not be changed without explicit input from the user.

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Anomie created this task.Nov 6 2018, 4:47 PM
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kostajh added a subscriber: kostajh.Nov 6 2018, 9:24 PM

@Anomie I'm trying to reproduce this, are these the steps you took?

  1. Have "Opt out of improvements" checked for RecentChanges and Watchlist preferences
  2. Visit the link you provided, https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChangesLinked?hidebots=1&translations=filter&hidepageedits=1&hidecategorization=1&hideWikibase=1&target=Category%3ACommunity+Wishlist+Survey+2019%2FProposals&limit=50&days=7&enhanced=1&urlversion=2
  3. Go to https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Watchlist

Which preference in the UI changed? What steps did you take to get back to the state you wanted? Assuming these are the steps, I'm not seeing the problem. Thanks.

Anomie added a comment.EditedNov 6 2018, 9:30 PM
  1. Have "Opt out of improvements" checked for RecentChanges and Watchlist preferences

No, have "Group changes by page in recent changes and watchlist" unchecked.

The one you were looking at is either 'rcenhancedfilters-disable' or 'wlenhancedfilters-disable', I believe, not 'usenewrc'.

What steps did you take to get back to the state you wanted? Assuming these are the steps, I'm not seeing the problem. Thanks.

Re-unchecking "Group changes by page in recent changes and watchlist".

I later found there's also a checkbox for it hidden in the popup when clicking the "250 changes, 30 days" button. There the checkbox is labeled "Group results by page".

Ah, I see, thanks. We'll look at this.

Catrope added a subscriber: Catrope.

We decided that we want to fix this eventually, but we think this is a low-impact issue, because there aren't common use cases for sharing links to these pages.

I believe that this is a duplicate of T202916: Stop changing my "Group results by page" prefs based on a URL that I've clicked on.

@Catrope, the common use cases are:

  1. This bug has bit me. Repeatedly.
  2. Some links in the last column of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Tags
  3. Discussions in technical forums or talking about RecentChanges (e.g., documentation on how to patrol pages)
  4. Did I mention that this bug bit me? ;-)
JTannerWMF moved this task from Q2 2019-20 to Q1 2019-20 on the Growth-Team board.Jun 17 2019, 6:52 PM