As they are currently implemented, topic subscriptions (T263820) enable people to subscribe to all of the new activity that happens within a H2 level section.
This task is about enabling people to have more control over the new activity they are notified about by enabling them to subscribe to specific subsections. [i]
- If you subscribe to a section, should a new comment in a subsection of that section trigger a notification? If yes, this makes it impossible to get notified about comments only in the first chunk of the section (its content before the first subsection).
- 2. What happens if you reply in a subsection (=== ===) with Reply Tool and "Subscribe to section" is checked, do you subscribe to the subsection or the parent section?
- 3. In the same situation, what if you're subscribed to a section and want to unsubscribe? If you answered "subsection" to the previous question, you won't be able to do it from the comment form.
- 4. And if you want to subscribe to the subsection instead, there would be a duplication which may seem unnecessary. Also, if you're subscribed both to a section and its subsection and then unsubscribe from a subsection, the user should get some alert that they still watch the subsection via the section. Probably the other way around too.
Thank you to @Jack_who_built_the_house who inspired us to file this task and shared the questions above in the comment they posted on mediawiki.org here: https://w.wiki/32qu.
Community wishlist 2023 request: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wishlist_Survey_2023/Notifications,_Watchlists_and_Talk_Pages/Enabling_subscribe_action_for_lower_headers_for_specific_pages_(prefix)