My experience has been the same. In both directions. 
Also one watches a page if one has made a comment or request, and often forgets 
to unwatch.
Cheers.
P

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Stephen Philbrick
Sent: Friday, 27 May 2016 9:10 PM
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I've been surprised at the number of editors who watchlist my talk page, but 
the experiences invariably been positive. In some cases my talk page has been 
vandalized, and I don't think I've ever been the first to see the vandalism, I 
invariably see that the TPS has reverted it. More importantly, on several 
occasions I've been involved in a discussion with an editor and a TPS has 
volunteered very helpful advice.

I have no idea whether it's technically possible to stop such behavior but I 
don't particularly care as I am adamantly opposed to stopping it.

I get that some people might see the term "stalker" as negative, given that it 
is almost always a term self invoked, it doesn't make my list of the top
1000 things to worry about.

Sphilbrick

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> Yeah, I don't guess this is a matter of whether it is technically 
> possible, but rather if the community would like to allow such 
> functionality (what would then stop a troll to selectively disable all 
> admins to watch his/her
> talkpage?)
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> Lodewijk
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> 2016-05-27 6:31 GMT+02:00 James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>:
>
> > Talk pages are for communication. If people were unable to watch 
> > these pages they would become less useful.
> >
> > J
> >
> > On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM, Newyorkbrad 
> > <newyorkb...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > "Talkpage watcher" would do fine.
> > >
> > > Newyorkbrad/IBM
> > >
> > > On 5/26/16, David Goodman <dgge...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > talk-page stalker is not necessarily an unfriendly term. It's 
> > > > meant
> as
> > an
> > > > explanation for why the person saw the question, and posted there.
> But
> > > > perhaps we could find a better term for this, as stalker does 
> > > > have unfortunate connotations.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 2:40 PM, Trillium Corsage <
> > > trillium2...@yandex.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> My English Wikipedia talkpage is watchlisted by a surprising 
> > > >> number
> of
> > > >> users that I have no cooperative or friendly editing 
> > > >> relationship
> > with.
> > > >> Some of them refer to themselves as "talkpage stalkers." Might 
> > > >> it be possible for a user to prohibit such persons from 
> > > >> watchlisting him
> or
> > > her?
> > > >> If it's not possible to selectively prohibit, how about an 
> > > >> on/off
> > > switch,
> > > >> i.e. *no-one* may watchlist an editor's individual talkpage.
> > > >>
> > > >> Trillium Corsage
> > > >>
> > > >> 21.05.2016, 02:20, "Johan Jönsson" <email clipped>:
> > > >> > On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 1:06 AM, Danny Horn 
> > > >> > <dh...@wikimedia.org>
> > > wrote:
> > > >> >>  Hi everyone,
> > > >> >>
> > > >> >>  WMF's Community Tech team is starting to work on a 
> > > >> >> Cross-wiki
> > > >> watchlist,
> > > >> >>  one of the top 10 wishes in the Community Wishlist Survey 
> > > >> >> that
> we
> > > >> conducted
> > > >> >>  at the end of last year. [1]
> > > >> >>
> > > >> >>  We're running a survey on how people use their watchlists, 
> > > >> >> to
> help
> > > >> inform
> > > >> >>  our work.
> > > >> >
> > > >> > Hi everyone,
> > > >> >
> > > >> > A couple of months ago, the Community Tech team ran a survey 
> > > >> > to
> > gather
> > > >> > information on how Wikimedians use their watchlists. You can 
> > > >> > see
> the
> > > >> > results here:
> > > >> >
> > > >>
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Cross-wiki_watchlist#Su
> rvey_results
> > > >> >
> > > >> > If you're interested, there are also some very early and 
> > > >> > rough wireframes available on the project page:
> > > >> >
> > > >>
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Cross-wiki_watchlist#Cu
> rrent_work.2C_for_discussion
> > > >> >
> > > >> > //Johan Jönsson
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