A few days ago, Wikia released a new "followed pages" feature, which allows you to receive notification when there are changes to a category page or when a new blog post is submitted. So now you can watch this blog and get an email whenever there is a new post. This is a great way to keep up to date with all the latest news and happenings on your wiki and across Wikia.
Followed pages also gives you new ways to follow changes on your favorite wikis. On your header you will see that "Watch" has been replaced by "Follow". When you choose to follow a page, it will be added to your followed pages list, and the most recently changed pages from this list will show on your user page. Your followed pages are visible to other users, allowing you to share your favorite pages.
All of your watchlist pages have been migrated over to the followed pages list, and you can still use Special:Watchlist to see followed pages if you prefer. You can also choose to hide your followed pages from other users, by selecting this in your preferences.
You can learn more about the feature on its help page.
How do I opt out?
On the staff blog that announced the new feature, some questions about whether users' privacy is being violated have been raised. Follow these steps to hide your followed pages:
- Visit the "Followed pages" tab in your preferences, and check the box for "Make my followed pages lists private".
- This will remove the followed pages box from your user page, and will hide the contents of your followed pages tab from other users. (You will still be able to see your own list).
- This is a global setting and will affect your account on all Wikia sites you participate in.
- Alternately, you can visit your user page and click on (hide) near the Pages I'm Following section on the right hand side of the page.