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Show when pages were added to watchlist
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When managing a watchlist, I find it frustrating that I cannot find when I added them.

I think the watchlist should have record a timestamp of when it was added to the watchlist.

This would enable lots of niceties:

  • ability to remove articles I watched many years ago that are no longer relevant
  • allow me and others to use the watchlist as a to do/to edit list
  • it would be interesting to highlight and analyse watchlist trends and understand better how users use them.

(I'm sure there are others but here are 3 of the top of my head)

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I tried to find a duplicate bug report, but surprisingly couldn't. Bug 6964 is similar-ish.

(In reply to Jon from comment #0)

When managing a watchlist, I find it frustrating that I cannot find why I
added them.
I think the watchlist should have record a timestamp of when it was added to
the watchlist.

I'm not sure a timestamp will/can answer "why". Annotations might, though. There's probably no reason we can't have both. :-)

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Imagining something vaguely like this, where its still one click, but you have the option of adding a comment or tagging/categorizing the item, date would just be added automatically and segmented into logical chunks, this hour, today, yesterday, this week, last week, this month, last month, etc…

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Imagining something vaguely like this, where its still one click, but you
have the option of adding a comment or tagging/categorizing the item, date
would just be added automatically and segmented into logical chunks, this
hour, today, yesterday, this week, last week, this month, last month, etc…

Related to your ideas: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Support_for_user-specific_page_lists_in_core

That kind of refactor of the watchlist table would make it a lot easier to have other kinds of page lists.

I do think this is a good direction to go in, but we should be careful. This reminds of Twitter lists: enormously powerful if curated heavily, but most users are not willing to put in this effort. I think a redesign of watchlists to be easier to read/filter as they exist now could be a good first step without requiring a refactor of how the data is stored.

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Nemo_bis lowered the priority of this task from Normal to Lowest.May 2 2015, 10:01 AM
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Moving to "Triaged but Future" because this a large amount of work and database changes for a relatively low impact vs. the user retention work that Growth team will be doing.

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