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Changes in protection levels on Wikidata appear on Wikipedia watchlists
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@MisterSynergy started running a bot task on Wikidata today that protects high visibility items on Wikidata. The changes in protection levels appear on English Wikipedia watchlists (and presumably also in other languages) e.g., as:

"(diff | hist) . . Dm Template:Cite Q/testcases (Q6654); 18:04 . . MsynABot (talk | contribs) (Protected "Q6654": Highly used item: to be indefinitely semi-protected per Wikidata:Page protection policy#Highly used items; please use Template:Edit request on the item talk page if you cannot edit this item ([Edit=Allow only autoconfirmed users] (indefinite)))"

I'm not sure that such notices are relevant on enwp, since they don't change the content of the articles that are affected, and they could be confused with protection of the articles themselves. Should these notices appear, or could they be suppressed?

EDIT: Some of the log items in concern on the Wikidata side:

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There are many wikidata edits which are higher up on my list of things I do not wish to see on my enwiki watchlist (e.g. removal of a label in Swahili). I do agree with Mike, but it seems less urgent than these other edits.

The bot job is on hold for a couple of days to see where this goes. If this ticket gets stalled, I will continue as this is strictly seen not a problem with my bot or its job.

Aside from that, some observations:

  • I do see these protection log entries on my English Wikipedia watchlist, but not on my German Wikipedia watchlist (same watchlist settings in my preferences as much as I am aware, same protected Wikidata item+connected articles that happen to be on both of my watchlists).
  • My bot does have a botflag on Wikidata and the protection log entries are being marked as "bot edit", but this does apparently not propagate through to my English Wikipedia watchlist where I cannot filter these log entries away with the "Human (not bot)" watchlist filter. This is different from regular bot edits at Wikidata whose bot marker does propagate to the English Wikipedia watchlist and makes those edits filter-able.

I have to mention that we have barely used the "page protection" functionality at Wikidata (~10k protection actions since 2012, around 50% of them in two automated efforts; in other words: the organic page protection rate at Wikidata is at ~2/day or so). This has clearly never been an issue that has annoyed anyone.

My bot task is going to protect another 20k+ items, and there will subsequently be weekly update runs for a couple of hundred new cases that qualify for protection. I can imagine that this could now continuously annoy some folks.

whym added a subscriber: whym.

Just for the sake of completeness, I added some of the log items in concern into the description.

My bot does have a botflag on Wikidata and the protection log entries are being marked as "bot edit", but this does apparently not propagate through to my English Wikipedia watchlist where I cannot filter these log entries away with the "Human (not bot)" watchlist filter. This is different from regular bot edits at Wikidata whose bot marker does propagate to the English Wikipedia watchlist and makes those edits filter-able.

I confirmed this, too. It seems like the ideal solution is to fix the Wikidata-Wikipedia bridge for watchlists. For that problem, please see T276921. If that's not easy to fix (or it was my misunderstanding or something), we might need to find other workarounds.

One month later, should this be closed in favor of T276921?

One month later, should this be closed in favor of T276921?

The other one seems to be focused on bots, this one is about protections in general, I think.