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Lots of questions are very generic, "share an experience" kinds of questions.

In these cases, I am quite often interested in specific answers that may not have gotten that many upvotes.

These questions also tend to elicit lots of responses, so going back to find the answers I'm interested in somewhere in the middle of a sea of responses is a pain.

Is there a way to favorite or bookmark these answers?

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A link link was recently added to all answers. Perhaps just today. I just noticed it for the first time a few minutes before I read this question. See Olafur's answer: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1569/… –  raven Jul 1 '09 at 23:01
    
Is the link new? I swear I'd never noticed it before. –  Gareth Simpson Jul 2 '09 at 8:48
    
Related feature request: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2588/mark-answer-as-favorite (Unless this is considered FR too, in which case that other question is a dupe.) –  Jonik Jul 6 '09 at 7:50
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I would love a bookmarks list in SO sites, which could perhaps have a capability of grouping the bookmarks as per one's liking... –  Curious Aug 30 '12 at 6:20
    
@Wont ... you just created a duplicate loop! –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 12 '12 at 17:36
    
Ok... I see you fixed it... –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 12 '12 at 17:37
    
This would be great! Also, @Curious, I like that! –  Adri C.S. Apr 11 '13 at 15:09
    
+1 Still want this. Bumping with comment for feature. –  root Aug 15 '13 at 19:01

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You can bookmark the link.

v this thing here, just bookmark it.

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A bookmark is an okay work-around, but it really only works if you're using the same browser and computer. –  Adam Porad May 14 '10 at 20:13
    
On a side note, you can use {Firefox, Any other browser} Portable, bring your bookmarks with you. Anywhere. (Or use a cloud service for bookmarks.) –  user173505 Jan 28 at 23:48

I can see the arguments as to why this would be useful.

  • Access your bookmarked answers on any device anywhere - work/home/tablet etc
  • Quicker and easier to click "Fave" on an answer than use browser bookmark functions and deciding where to save it
  • We'd have "bookmarked" answers right in our Stack profile

However, these pros are all pointless unless Stack implemented a user defined "section" area for our fave answers, so we could order them and have folders/sub folders etc.
As otherwise we just have a potential clutter of fave answers in our Stack profile in one huge long list. Once you have (say) 40, how can they easily be found and used for future reference?

However, if they did have some kind of ordering system, they'd then just be duplicating browser features, and I find that a pointless waste of dev time, and as such a useless feature really.

In that, we already have the feature with browser bookmarks as good as Stack could make it (if an ordering system was given with the feature), or better than Stack would make it if fave answers were just a big list of answers we liked.

Bookmarks are perfect

I think people should consider more closely how great bookmarks can be.

Make a new Stack bookmark folder for answers, then sub folders relevant to whatever you bookmark there, and then name files relevant too.

Such as:

  • /Stack Answers
  • -> /PHP
  • ->-> PDO prepared statements great notes
  • ->-> time() function perfect usage description
  • -> /CSS
  • ->-> Z-Index good description
  • ->-> Difference between positions - absolute, relative etc

The Stack Share link is perfect for getting the URL to store as a bookmark.

Other caveats to answer faves

Stack content can be removed at any time, so if an answer is of great resource to you, and future reference, it and many others can be lost.

If you don't like browser bookmarks, and or are wanting a great collection of info and useful data for future reference, then perhaps you need to be copy/pasting answer text into a collection of files on your PC, in folders named to store them sanely.


Having fave answers would also would mean a potential for people to upvote an answer without any justification other than it helped them, and might not be a good answer for the question.

Habits can be formed, where someone reads an answer, likes it, makes it a fave and upvotes it.
Not ideal really.

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The closest you can do within the Stack Overflow system is favorite the question and just remember what answer you were interested in.

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You could also upvote the answer, and then find the answer(s) you upvoted. –  Tom Ritter Jul 1 '09 at 19:10
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this will be even better when/if the search syntax includes filters to narrow things down to answers I upvoted. –  Jason S Jul 1 '09 at 22:07
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@Tom Ritter: If the answer isn't a good answer to the question, this seems like a poor implementation. I've had cases where I wanted to remember/revisit an answer, but it wasn't a good answer to the original question, and thus did not deserve an up vote. –  tnorthcutt Aug 31 '09 at 20:18
    
@Tom Ritter: up-voting would leave a trail to find the answer you wanted, but IIRC you can't undo an up-vote after a certain amount of time has passed. So you wouldn't be able to get rid of it as a bookmark once you no longer wanted to remember it. –  Adam Porad May 14 '10 at 20:16

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