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Is there a way for me to get email notifications when comments are posted on my answers or when answers are posted to my questions (mostly the former...)?

I have looked all over in my preferences and I have the box "Allow email notifications when I subscribe to questions or tags" checked. I don't see any "subscribe" button on questions that I answer in order to follow up on them. (Other than subscribing to the answer rss feed... but that seems a little heavy handed.) I just want to make sure I am on top of responding to people! I know there is the little notification center in the upper left, but I am hoping for emails, because I don't check my so tabs often enough.

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Isn't that going to be way too much email? Is it actually going to be manageable for you or just as hard to notice as RSS, the site itself etc.? – djechlin Jun 7 '13 at 17:19
Too much email? No. Manageable? Yes. My phone dings, my browser has a little pop up and my dog barks every time I get an email. I have to open up my rss reader to see those. They aren't "pushed" to me (at least not as loudly). I guess I don't answer/ask enough questions for that to be too many emails. – xbakesx Jun 7 '13 at 19:38
Yeah I think once you have just a few questions open it's annoying and overwhelming. -1 because I don't think many users at all will need this to be expanded. – djechlin Jun 7 '13 at 19:49
@andersr seems to disagree with you. The question may also help people understand how to get fewer emails and where those settings reside. I request you reconsider your vote. – xbakesx Jun 7 '13 at 21:17
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You automatically subscribe to your own questions and receive inbox messages. If you click the Stack Exchange logo at the top left, and click Email settings, you can configure responses to be sent to you every three hours. Unfortunately, that's the best Stack Overflow can offer.

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Why would you say that is the best Stackoverflow can offer? Are you saying that it is not technically possible for them to send en email notification when someone responds to a questions that I posted? – andersr Apr 3 '14 at 0:33
1. There is subscription on certain topic questions, but for separate questions, I couldn't find any button(only button for "favorite"), could you point out the exact position? 2. Also could you point out the position for email settings? – Mathieu Nov 17 '14 at 10:42

I have my email address entered into the StackExchange email options and have it set to email me unread messages every 3 hours. However, the only notifications I receive are for updates relating to Meta Stackoverflow (ie this thread.)

I'd very much appreciate a clear set of instructions as to how one can be notified when someone responds to a question one has posted on Stack Overflow. This seems like it shouldn't be very complicated.

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I too have this problem that I don't get the emails. I have checked the setting for getting emailed when there're updates to my questions and answers, but all I can get is a list of new activity and nothing spec related to my questions and answers. I though this was going to be fixed but either I've misunderstood or it's a bug. See also: How does one get email notifications from Stack Overflow?

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