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Show link notifications for links from non-mainspace also
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Currently link notifications are only shown when the page is linked from namespace 0 (or from any content namespace, I don't know, but this doesn't matter) (and when the linked page is itself in namespace 0, but this too isn't relevant for this ticket). You probably have a rationale for not showing notification for new links from other namespaces, so feel free to close as WONTFIX, if your rationale is better than mine.

I think notifications should be shown for new links from all namespaces. There are several common cases, and in all of them a notification would be a good idea:

  • A page is linked on a portal/wiki project/... among the "New Articles". -> The user is shown a place, where others work on the topic he is interested in.
  • A page is linked on a list of articles that have to be improved or nominated for deletion, etc. -> As long as there are no seperate notifications for this, a link notification is an acceptable way to inform the user about this.
  • A page is linked on the reference desk to answer some question. -> The user is told: "By writing this article you helped somebody!", which is a nice positive feedback.

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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage.Nov 22 2014, 2:36 AM
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Schnark created this task.Dec 30 2013, 8:45 AM

Hi, some good ideas in there. Some notes:

I don't think we could consider anything outside namespace0 - Editors who create AfDs, or other forms of workflow (eg new monthly archive pages), would get numerous messages as those pages were added to various WikiProject cleanup listings or noticeboards.

The [[WP:Flow]] project is eventually intended to handle most aspects of "discussion & collaboration" which includes things like workflow-notifications on a user-configurable basis.

For "where others work on the topic he is interested in", see work that is being done investigating [[mw:User:Jorm (WMF)/Affiliation scratchpad]].

For "A page is linked on the reference desk" - I do really like this use-case idea. I wonder if it is possible (hopefully easily) to get page-link notifications enabled for very specific page-sets?
Devs?

(In reply to comment #1)

For "A page is linked on the reference desk" - I do really like this use-case
idea. I wonder if it is possible (hopefully easily) to get page-link
notifications enabled for very specific page-sets?
Devs?

Technically possible using a user page like "User:Blah/page-link-list", however I think that's way too hacky, and would rather see something like [[mw:Requests for comment/Support for user-specific page lists in core]] implemented, and us using that.

matthiasmullie triaged this task as Normal priority.Dec 10 2014, 2:48 PM
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