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Your watchlist is a display for tracking changes, similar to the Special:Recentchanges display, but limited to showing changes only across your set of "watched" pages. You can see your watchlist by following the Special:Watchlist link on each page in Wiki Law School. This feature is only available to users who have registered and are logged in.

Add pages to watchlist[edit source]

Before you see anything in your watchlist, you have to actually add some pages to it. Do so by navigating to a page that interests you, and click the star icon Timeless Skin - Star.png near the top of the page.

You can also add a page during the page editing or creation process. Before saving the page, check the box marked Watch this page to add it to your watchlist.

A page already in your watchlist will be marked with a filled-in star Timeless Skin - Star-filled.png near the top of the page.

If you want to remove pages from your watchlist, click on the filled-in star icon Timeless Skin - Star-filled.png.

Why a watchlist[edit source]

The watchlist feature is mainly useful on a very busy wiki where the "Recent changes" display becomes too overwhelming with many changes you don't want to follow. On a typical low traffic wiki, you can normally see all of the editing activity across the whole wiki without feeling overwhelmed. On a more busy wiki 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!

Typically you would watch pages related to your interest areas, and also pages where you care most about the content. If you make a significant edit to a page, you might want to watch the page (so you know when there are any follow-up edits).

Your watchlist is personal. You can watch any page you want. That choice will remain private.

Use your watchlist[edit source]

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 "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.

Email notifications[edit source]

According to you relevant preferences, changes to pages you watch may also be notified to you by email. The main preference for this is "Email me when a page or a file on my watchlist is changed".

After receiving an email notification for a page, you have to visit the page while logged in if you want to be notified of further changes to the same page.

Watchlist feed with token[edit source]

You can set up an RSS or Atom feed of your watchlist that is accessible even when logged out:

See also[edit source]