Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

When I post a question on Stack Overflow, I need to avoid having to log back in just to check to see if there is an answer to my post. The Preferences for my user account on Stack Overflow should have an option to select which types of responses send email.

Otherwise, I have to explicitly log back in and check, which is a waste of time. Note that the forum on has implemented this already, so why can't Stack Overflow implement something similar?

share|improve this question
It's unclear exactly what's motivating you to ask, but if you're unaware: while posting a question, you can click the link labeled Would you like to have responses to your questions sent to you via email? – Michael Petrotta Sep 25 '11 at 2:56
I subsequently discovered that link you mentioned and used it. What through me off is how that is presented. The scope of that link was not clear to me, namely, since it was on the page for the question I concluded that it only controlled email notification specifically only for that one question. What would have been clearer to me is to have the email notificaction control in the per-user global preference page or control panel as the forum software used by LinuxQuestions uses. – bgoodr Sep 30 '11 at 0:20
I had to squint at that for a long time before I realised you meant threw, not through. – TRiG is Timothy Richard Green Sep 10 '13 at 22:50
The system disallows me to make edits this long afterwards, otherwise I would correct it. – bgoodr Sep 12 '13 at 4:16

You can configure your email settings across the whole network by going to the preferences section of your user profile on any site:

email settings in the user profile

As Michael Petrotta mentions, there is a link displayed when asking a new question that will open this screen. Email settings used to be displayed in other locations on the site, but they've been relocated as part of an overhaul of how email notifications are handled.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .