Can watching a category watch all its subcategories as well?

It seems like whenever a category is watched, any subcategories underneath it are not automatically watched as well.

This way, when I have a lot of subcategories (in our case different countries), it is quite a long watch list that must be carefully maintained for different users.

Is there a way to “propagate” the watch to subcategories?


This question is similar to:


but it doesn’t seem to have a resolution yet. Subcategories seem to be only used for:

  1. Organization purposes
  2. Getting list of Latest
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This seems relevant:

But anyway, can I get clarity on the intended situation? There no relation between watch settings for categories and subcategories? They each are changed independently, and only posts directly in the top-level category are affected by its watch settings?

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Following up on this, I think the solution I’d want is:

  • A watch option for only top-level categories called “watch this + all subcategories”

Though I can see why selecting the parent separately would be good for some. In our case the there is no posting allowed in the parent category so there is nothing there but the subcategories which there can be many of. Though I would love not have to have to need a bunch of subcategories I think we still need them in some cases.

A way to quickly multi-select in the mute category selection dropdown would be nice too, for those who like fine tuning. but a single option like mentioned above would be great as well


This would be very helpful for our international forum too.

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This would be excellent for our forum too, especially if it were also enabled as a default option in the site settings (i.e. in the ‘default categories watching’ setting). It would go some way to addressing various UX issues our users are reporting.


I’ve modified a small plugin I use for similar issues as a personal solution for this as I also need to silence subcategories for language reason.


Thanks for that @Christoph_Holtermann!
I’m no coder, but will pass it on to our resident dev lead to see whether we can make some use of it (we would need to modify it to include subcategories)

There just needs to be an option to “Apply to all sub-categories” when I set the status for a category.

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