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Add a feature to "bookmark" articles
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It would be really useful if there was a feature to "bookmark" Wikipedia articles provided by the site itself.
I've got hundreds of Wikipedia articles I'd like to read (too bad there's no "Nuremberg Funnel" yet ;-) or like to have at my disposal (for discussions, coming posts of mine, etc etc).

So I guess people in here would immediately say that there's already the bookmark-function of Browsers so it's a redundant request. However: bookmarks of a browser are machine & browser-dependent. Especially with more and more people using Wikipedia on their mobile-phones and multiple devices at once that's not an argument to underestimate. Also many other sites have this function and it's getting much used there - it's not implemented and used there without reason.
Furthermore Wikipedia could allow for many features and augmentations to this bookmark-list (for example for organization/sorting of them but there are tons of possibilities! [not just by Wikipedia itself but also by extensions/tools - from notification-systems to categorization-systems to recommendation-systems etc]). Additionally this would be an incentive and functionality that would invite more people to (contribute to and get familiar with etc) Wikipedia.

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Fixuture created this task.Mar 7 2015, 7:33 PM
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We don't really create software features purely for Wikipedia alone.

  • Does your mobile device's browser not have it's own bookmark feature? Are you aware of other mobile browsers which don't provide that?
  • What Phabricator projects are relevant here?
  • Is this relevant to Gather?
  • Is this a MediaWiki extension request?
  • Is this something you expect to be implemented into MediaWiki core?
Aklapper triaged this task as Lowest priority.Mar 8 2015, 2:44 PM
  • Why can't the existing Watchlist not be used for this?

Some previous discussion in T27501#302368, e.g. an old idea for a "Read later" button in https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Collection_Extension_2#Wireframe_Layout_for_placing_the_print_and_Collection_extension_buttons

Aklapper changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Mar 12 2015, 2:15 PM

Changing status to "Stalled" until the reporter answers the questions above.

Fixuture added a comment.EditedMar 12 2015, 7:52 PM
  • Does your mobile device's browser not have it's own bookmark feature? Are you aware of other mobile browsers which don't provide that?

Yes but it's not shared across devices as I said. And even if that was somehow possible: it's not always just about the technical feature but also the accessibility especially to less experienced users. And besides of that there's many other potential uses that are only possible if a Wikipedia-internal bookmark-system is used (such as features for organization, sharing and sorting them).

  • What Phabricator projects are relevant here?

I hoped more knowledgeable users in here might know this. It's relevant to Wikipedia with all its direct subprojects (saying: sideprojects such as WikiMedia are not necessarily included but could be included as well).

Yes! nice finding. I'm wondering why that's intended to be just for WikiMedia. Its usefulness for Wikipedia is pretty obvious so I'm gonna ask them.

  • Is this a MediaWiki extension request?

No, a Wikipedia one.

  • Is this something you expect to be implemented into MediaWiki core?

No - only optionally. And sincerely I don't know which Phabricator-Projects are related here since I only know the Wikipedia sideprojects and would need an explanation for each of them to be able to correctly categorize this issue if that's expected. For what I know it's related to any backend and frontend project that is responsible for the surface & functionality of the official Wikipedia (articles) on any device.


  • Why can't the existing Watchlist not be used for this?

By using it for bookmarking articles you'd add articles that you don't want to watch but would like to just bookmark - hence it will clutter up your Watchlist causing it to be less effective etc. People couldn't use both the Watchlist AND a bookmarked-list, they'd have to decide if they misuse that function for another for which it is entirely not designed for (btw there are also other problems with this approach such as the articles not being linked but plain text) or if they go without a bookmark-list. Really those are 2 completely different things. There might be a very small minority who would like to watch all the articles they bookmark but that's not the general case.
To give an example: let's say you bookmark hundreds of articles primarily for read-later reasons (note: one possible feature for bookmarks would be different [sharable] folders of bookmarks) and you're also watching a handful of pages and make active use of the Watchlist for articles you edited yourself or which are often vandalized or about which you know a lot about - the hundreds of "watchmarked" articles would probably cause the user to not make use of the Watchlist anymore or at a minimum cause the Watchlist to be highly inefficient.

Some previous discussion in T27501#302368, e.g. an old idea for a "Read later" button in https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Collection_Extension_2#Wireframe_Layout_for_placing_the_print_and_Collection_extension_buttons

Another great find, thanks! However it seems to be an extension - my issue is about official Wikipedia to incorporating this idea instead of having less-usable and less-used external tools taking care of this.

  • What Phabricator projects are relevant here?

I hoped more knowledgeable users in here might know this. It's relevant to Wikipedia with all its direct subprojects (saying: sideprojects such as WikiMedia are not necessarily included but could be included as well).

Yes! nice finding. I'm wondering why that's intended to be just for WikiMedia. Its usefulness for Wikipedia is pretty obvious so I'm gonna ask them.

  • Is this a MediaWiki extension request?

No, a Wikipedia one.

Please read https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Differences_between_Wikipedia,_Wikimedia,_MediaWiki,_and_wiki

Well as said I know of the different Wikipedia-sideprojects but I don't know which Phabricator projects are what since they apparently aren't the same (there's no "Wikipedia" to select for instance). By that link I was correct with saying that it's intended for Wikipedia...