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Watchlist settings by default[edit]

I think it would be nice to have these on by default:

  • Email me when a page or a file on my watchlist is changed
  • Add pages I create and files I upload to my watchlist
  • Add pages and files I edit to my watchlist
  • (Some setting for emailing for each new edit not only the first one?)

Then newcomers would see emails for reviewer comments etc in their inbox. What do you think, and how do I find out whether these settings are currently enabled by default for new users? Gryllida (chat) 23:16, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

The 'random article' link in the sidebar seems a bit useless for a news site...[edit]

...as unfortunately the current tools do not allow to limit it to "random page among 'last couple weeks' submissions". Is this correct?

Interestingly, people read and use the sidebar, as Excoriation helpfully pointed out.

Perhaps the 'random article' link needs to be removed from MediaWiki:Sidebar as this might cause confusion.

Thoughts? --Gryllida chat / how do YOU get started? 01:51, 2 October 2018 (UTC)

Our archives are a major asset of the project. (The next link after that in the navigation side-bar is an archive splash page that I've been working on upgrading for some time; it's been taking a back seat to other dialog-related upgrades.) I don't see a problem with it. Most people probably won't even notice that link, those that do and take the name of the link literally won't be surprised by what it does, and those that are surprised will only be so for an instant. Providing most-recent articles is a function of the main page, which is at the top of the navigation side-bar. --Pi zero (talk) 12:03, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Get a notification when any article status changes[edit]

I would like to receive a notification --through email or Echo, for example-- each time an article status changes - for any new article - for example this can be addition to {{develop}} or {{review}} or {{tasks}}.

I can watch a category, but this does not generate email notifications.

The gadgets --the action done when people click 'submit for review' in the {{develop}} tag, the ezPR gadget-- could do a ping in edit summary on opt-in basis. If it is via edit summary, a list of opted-in participants may need to be stored at a wiki page.

I am not sure what would be the best approach.

--Gryllida (chat) 04:44, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

@Gryllida: You can subscribe to your watchlist thru RSS. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:27, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
I don't know how (think via API, but I had difficulty finding documentation about where to put the watchlist token). --Gryllida (chat) 05:30, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
@Gryllida::
  1. Go to Special:Watchlist
  2. View source (e.g. Ctrl+U if you are using Firefox)
  3. Search for "atom" (e.g. Ctrl+F)
  4. Find a string like: "w/api.php?action=feedwatchlist&allrev=1&wlowner=Gryllida&wltoken=[gibberish]&feedformat=atomz"
  5. Add the feed "https://en.wikinews.org/w/api.php?action=feedwatchlist&allrev=1&wlowner=Gryllida&wltoken=[gibberish]&feedformat=atom" to your RSS reader.
Let me know if you need more help. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:37, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
This looks great. Thank you. Gryllida (chat) 05:50, 15 October 2018 (UTC)