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Your '''watchlist''' is a display for [[Help:Tracking changes|tracking changes]], similar to the “{{int:recentchanges}}” display, but limited to showing changes only across your set of “watched” pages. You can see the watchlist display by clicking “{{lcfirst:{{int:mywatchlist}}}}” link in the '''Personal tools''' section of the Navigation bar on the right, however this is only available to users who have registered and logged in.
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Adding a page to your '''watchlist''' allows you to be notified when the page is edited. Your watchlist is a tool for [[Help:Tracking changes|tracking changes]], similar to the “{{int:recentchanges}}” display, but limited to showing changes only across your set of “watched” pages. Your watchlist is available only when you are logged in. You can see the watchlist display by clicking “{{lcfirst:{{int:mywatchlist}}}}” link in the '''Personal tools''' section of the Navigation bar on the right.  
  
Before you see anything interesting here, you must add some pages to your watchlist. Do this by navigating to a page which interests you, and clicking the “{{lcfirst:{{int:watch}}}}” link in the '''Views''' section of the Navigation bar.
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==== How to add a page to your watchlist ====
  
The watchlist feature is mainly useful when the “{{int:recentchanges}}” display becomes too “high traffic.” On a low traffic day, you would be able to see all of the editing activity across the whole wiki without feeling overwhelmed. On a more busier day you will find that many edits are taking place on pages which you personally find less interesting. To help track changes which are more interesting, start watching pages!
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Before you see anything interesting here, you must add some pages to your watchlist. Do this by navigating to a page which interests you, and clicking the “{{lcfirst:{{int:watch}}}}” link in the '''Views''' section of the Navigation bar.  
  
Typically you would watch pages related to your interest areas, and also pages where your care most about the content. If you make a significant edit to a page, you might chose to watch the page, to see if there are any follow-up edits for example. Note that there is a “{{int:watchthis}}” tickbox provided on the editing screen for this purpose.
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==== Difference between watchlist and Recent Changes page ====
  
On the watchlist display, some page names appear in bold. This indicates whether or not you have visited the page to see the change. It's a bit like read/unread emails in an email inbox. The “{{int:recentchanges}}” display will also have some new bold highlighting, but for a different reason. Here bold is just indicating edits to pages on your watchlist.
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The watchlist feature is especially useful when the “{{int:recentchanges}}” display lists too many items. On a day when the wiki is receiving few edits, you would be able to see all of the editing activity across the whole wiki without feeling overwhelmed. On a busier day you will find that many edits are taking place on pages which you personally find less interesting. To help track changes which are more interesting, start watching pages!
  
=== See also ===
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==== Why watch a page? ====
* [[Help:Tracking changes]]
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* [[Special:Watchlist/edit]] - Remove titles from your watchlist
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* [[Special:Watchlist/raw]] - Edit your raw watchlist
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Typically you would watch pages related to your interest areas, and also pages where your care most about the content. If you make a significant edit to a page, you might choose to watch the page to be notified of any follow-up edits by other contributors. Note that there is a “{{int:watchthis}}” tickbox provided on the editing screen for this purpose.
  
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==== The display: changes read vs. unread ====
  
[[Category:Help|Watchlist]]
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On the watchlist display, some page names appear in bold. This indicates whether or not you have visited the page to see the change. This feature works like read/unread emails in an email inbox. The “{{int:recentchanges}}” display will also have some new bold highlighting, but for a different reason. Here bold is just indicating edits to pages on your watchlist.
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=== See also  ===
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*[[Help:Tracking changes]]
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*[[Special:Watchlist/edit]] - Remove titles from your watchlist
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*[[Special:Watchlist/raw]] - Edit your raw watchlist
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Revision as of 15:24, 15 February 2011

Adding a page to your watchlist allows you to be notified when the page is edited. Your watchlist is a tool for tracking changes, similar to the “Recent changes” display, but limited to showing changes only across your set of “watched” pages. Your watchlist is available only when you are logged in. You can see the watchlist display by clicking “watchlist” link in the Personal tools section of the Navigation bar on the right.

How to add a page to your watchlist

Before you see anything interesting here, you must add some pages to your watchlist. Do this by navigating to a page which interests you, and clicking the “watch” link in the Views section of the Navigation bar.

Difference between watchlist and Recent Changes page

The watchlist feature is especially useful when the “Recent changes” display lists too many items. On a day when the wiki is receiving few edits, you would be able to see all of the editing activity across the whole wiki without feeling overwhelmed. On a busier day you will find that many edits are taking place on pages which you personally find less interesting. To help track changes which are more interesting, start watching pages!

Why watch a page?

Typically you would watch pages related to your interest areas, and also pages where your care most about the content. If you make a significant edit to a page, you might choose to watch the page to be notified of any follow-up edits by other contributors. Note that there is a “Watch this page” tickbox provided on the editing screen for this purpose.

The display: changes read vs. unread

On the watchlist display, some page names appear in bold. This indicates whether or not you have visited the page to see the change. This feature works like read/unread emails in an email inbox. The “Recent changes” display will also have some new bold highlighting, but for a different reason. Here bold is just indicating edits to pages on your watchlist.

See also