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I use WebChanges a lot to monitor activity on webs. I was just thinking, WIBNIF there was a way to mark topics as being really interesting, so that they bubble to the top of my changes? What I'd really like is a checkbox in WebChanges, that when I tick it brings the topic to the top of the list if it has changed recently (above an hbar) but shows it even if it hasn't changed by adding it to the bottom of the list (below an hbar). I should be able to check and uncheck topics on the changes screen. Of course the standard "view" screen should also have a "topic is interesting" button that lets me add viewed topics the same way.

See also InterestingChanges.

-- CrawfordCurrie - 30 Jun 2005

Is this the same as interested parties?

-- MartinCleaver - 30 Jun 2005

you mean like sorting a search by a weighted value (that could involve time, number of people in the InterestedParties list, if you yourself are, how often its changed)?

that would be interesting

-- SvenDowideit - 30 Jun 2005

I don't think it's the same as InterestedParties, which is more of a topic centred thing, and it's certainly not as simple as a sort. What I have in mind is more like an "active bookmark". Something that is recognised by all the TWiki tools; some scenarios:

  • Search results might get painted green if they hit a bookmarked topic
  • Changes show bookmarked topics at the top before any other topics
  • A list of my bookmarked topics is available e.g. for inclusion in a left bar
It should be a lot faster than having to fart around with a SEARCH.

-- CrawfordCurrie - 30 Jun 2005

You could have an option to automatically add topics to your watchlist if you edit them.

It's quite a good idea. You could do things like search for topics that you visit frequently or visited recently (using WikiSpoor if it's implemented) and then mark them for watching.

-- SamHasler - 08 Jul 2005

did I just read the feature list of wikimedia? smile (there's a user preference option for exactly this)

-- SvenDowideit - 08 Jul 2005

Yeah, I've used it on http://wiki.mozilla.org/ to keep track of a topic I posted on, although wikimedia's User contributions special page is just as good as that.

I think what CDot is suggesting goes a lot further than wikimedia though. As the way he describes it, "Search results might get painted green if they hit a bookmarked topic", any search that contains one of your watched topics would be affected, not just some special pages. Although you could only do it for searches that use the standard search formats. Any that defined their own formats wouldn't work unless you are prepared to write code to deal with $topic in the format in all it's infinite uses that's guaranteed not to break someone's search. The alternative would be to create an alternative to the format syntax that makes it easier for users to create tabular searches whilst making it easier for the developer to then modify those results. I think we might end up doing that in any case.

-- SamHasler - 08 Jul 2005

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