https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=54730

Quim Gil <q...@wikimedia.org> changed:

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--- Comment #8 from Quim Gil <q...@wikimedia.org> ---
(In reply to comment #4)
> I remember for sure that it's proved the watch star attracts a significant
> number of new registrations, though they have a lower conversion to active
> users (they're mostly passive).

Ok, this argument makes sense and seems to be baked with data. No objections.

Still, MediaWiki admins might still prefer to have real registered users
watching certain pages in their wikis as opposed to nothing. More real
registered user (not spammers)  watching pages eventually lead to more readers,
and more readers eventually lead to more page visits (a licit goal for many
sites) and perhaps more edits (even if it's only a small percentage, regular
sites will do anything to increase legitimate contributions.

Therefore, I agree that this feature is perhaps not a silver bullet for
exceptionally popular sites like en.wiki, but it might already be useful for
the less popular Wikimedia sites that are craving to increase readership, and
it would be definitely useful for many (most?) 3rd party MediaWikis.

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