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I have been coming across many interesting questions on this site, for which I really like to know the answers; but, there is no way (at least I'm not aware of) to get notified when answers are posted to those questions.

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possible duplicate of How do favorite questions work? – ben is uǝq backwards Oct 5 '13 at 8:25
You don't actually get notifications to favourites (unless you count that stuff in your profile; which I don't) – Richard Tingle Oct 5 '13 at 9:01
Obviously, you can "subscribe" to a question, so I guess this is really about notifications. How do you want to be notified? Marking a question as a favorite provides an Inbox notification, IIRC. Do you want to be notified via email? – jww Jul 11 at 0:12

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You can subscribe to the rss feed of a particular question:


This way you will get notified by [include favorite rss reader].

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It would be really good if you could be notified by email as in questions you left an answer though. – obvio171 Feb 8 '10 at 21:20
I agree. I don't have an RSS Reader and I'm not exactly authorized to install such products on my work PC. – jp2code Mar 25 '11 at 20:17
@jp2code: Install something? That's so 2008... try reader.google.com ;-) – fretje Mar 26 '11 at 1:46
This is going to make me sound stupid, but I have no idea how to get a feed (like this) to load in Google Reader. I've tried, but I am obviously doing something wrong. – jp2code Mar 28 '11 at 13:04
@jp2code: 1) Click on the big button labeled "Add subscription" on top 2) paste the url of your feed 3) Click Add 4) ... 5) Profit! – fretje Mar 28 '11 at 14:13
I agree with @obvio171 - I have so many subscriptions, I don't always get a chance to keep up with them all. Not that my inbox is much lighter, but at least it's more direct (and includes weight - thanks Gmail Priority Inbox!). – JGarrido Jul 13 '11 at 3:21
Why now allow a subscribe to thread priviledge when user has enough points? The priviledge could add a special tab similar to the favorite questions tab. – djangofan Nov 4 '11 at 18:19
The link is unavailable. Page Not Found – Shiju K Babu Jun 23 at 12:01
@ShijuKBabu Apparently, the url of this page changed from "meta.stackoverflow.com" to "meta.stackexchange.com". I updated the link. Thanks for noticing ;-) – fretje Jun 23 at 16:05

As Jeff has explained, you are notified of any activity on questions that you have marked as a favorite.

For more information, see How do favorite questions work?

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While this work, it feels like misusing the favorite functionality. Sometimes I want to follow the development of a question without considering it a favorite. – k0pernikus Nov 24 '14 at 14:34
Its also worth noting that some folks don't use RSS feeds. I look at the model and say: do I want to send a continuous feed of possibly tainted data for processing? The answer is NO, so I don't use them. The Browser security model is such a joke at times. – jww Jul 11 at 0:15

Complementing fretje's answer: when you are reading a question, the RSS link is at the end of the page (before the footer), right side, labeled "question feed".

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same is true if you are on a specific tag page – Carlos Heuberger Jan 4 '10 at 18:05

Rather than having to subscribe to an RSS feed for each question, a "Subscribe" button could aggregate all question subscriptions into a single RSS feed on each user's profile page.

This way, subscription to that user-specific RSS feed would be all that's required. And we wouldn't keep overflowing feed quotas for services like Feed My Inbox.

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You can click the "Star" right below a question's voting arrows to mark it as a favorite. You can then track updates to favorites via the appropriate section of your profile. – Andrew Barber Feb 8 '12 at 0:06

You could get the StackStalker Chrome extension on the Chrome Web Store. Although I haven't used it, it appears to do what you want.

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