Hi Yaron,

Thanks for such a fast reply! Regarding pages watching.You are right about default MediaWiki settings, there is no property (variable) to make "watch this page" checkbox checked by default. That is why, I've decided to make this patch.

Here is my case.

There are several very important pages/forms in my wiki (actually kind of corporate system) and I had to make "watch this page" checkbox for these pages/forms checked by default. Again, it is because, these pages/forms are very important (like a killer feature of site, like a key entity). For example, I have a MediaWiki-based system with data about rock bands, than template "Rock Band" and form "Form:Rock Band" are main entities in my system. Other entities, such as "Album", "Song", "Person", etc. Not such important for my goals. In this case, it'd be really useful to have a way make my mains entities checkbox checked by default. Its really important to users and to maintainers to watch this pages/forms.

On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 3:17 AM, Yaron Koren <yaron@wikiworks.com> wrote:
Hi Vladimir,

Thanks for this patch. In theory, this sounds reasonable - and the code you created looks fine. My one concern is that, as far as I know, currently in MediaWiki the "watch this page" checkbox is never checked by default - except in special cases like that the user is creating a new page; and even for those cases, the user can decide not to have it checked by default, by changing their preferences. So I'm worried that this could break an expectation on the part of users that some page they decided to edit won't get added to their watchlist. Which is not a major concern, but it might be worth something.

Could you explain why you want that checkbox checked on some forms?


On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 3:57 AM, Vladimir Kostyukov <vladimir.kostukov@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Yaron, Stephan andeveryone!

I've just written simple patch, witch adds support of "default" tag for standard input checkboxes (minor changes, watch). You can found it attached.

Here is my motivation.

In my project, where I use SMW/SF, I had to mark standard input "watch" checkbox as "checked" by default for several forms (not for all forms). I've decided to write something like that (regarding standard checkbox usage):

{{{standard input|watch|default=yes}}}

But, It didn't work for me! I looked into sources, and figured out, that "default" tag is ignored. Than I've decided to implement this feature. I think its very useful, to have a way set "watch" or "minor edit" default value for separated form.

What do you thing about this feature?

Vladimir Kostyukov

WikiWorks MediaWiki Consulting http://wikiworks.com

Vladimir Kostyukov