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How do favorite questions work?

Is it possible to get inbox notifications about questions I didn't ask? Occasionally a question pops up I'd really like to learn the answer to, when it gets one. Occasionally it might take days until a good answer comes (for low volume tags, more academic questions with few experts, etc.)

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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, jonsca, BinaryMisfit, The Unhandled Exception, Pops Nov 16 '11 at 15:32

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Well, the question was not an exact duplicate. I was looking for a way to get inbox notifications. The answer here clarified that this is not possible, but favouriting provides an alternative. – Szabolcs Nov 16 '11 at 18:49
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You don't get notifications about questions you don't ask. The closer you can get is to mark the question as favorite. If there is a change in the question, which means the question has been edited, a new answer is added, or a previous answer is edited, you will notice an asterisk in the "favorite" tab that is shown in your user profile page.


As you see, it is not an automatic notification as you would get with questions you ask, and it doesn't help in understanding how many questions have been changed; you need to remember which questions have been changed since the last time you saw that page.

Now the user profile page is going to be changed; you can see the changes here on Meta Stack Overflow. I think the functionality will not be changed.

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Thanks, that answers my comment question on the other answer. – Szabolcs Nov 16 '11 at 11:01

You could use the "star" button to add it to your favouri-wait a moment...recycling picture time.enter image description here

You'll get a notification when the question state changes.

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Thanks, others told me this before. But I certainly don't get an inbox notification for starred questions (I verified it for getting answers). Is it necessary to enable this somehow? Also, what qualifies as a change in the question's state? Answers only or comments too? – Szabolcs Nov 16 '11 at 10:58
+1 for the freehand circle! – The Unhandled Exception Nov 16 '11 at 13:04

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