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I noticed you can be notified of questions that you own, but you can't really be notified when other interesting questions are asked. I know you can star a question, but that's sort of manual work (which us programmers tend to find a way to automate :)

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You know you can also subscribe to each question's feed right? –  random Jan 29 '10 at 5:42
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In order to reduce the load on the server, and avoid a situation where thousands of mail are sent an hour, subscribing to a question is purposefully limited to the person who asked the question. The RSS feed is more suitable for this purpose.

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Each question has its own RSS feed for you to track answers to. It's in the form:

http://stackoverflow.com/feeds/question/{questionID}

Which will update in your feed reader of choice any new answers posted.

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Using a service like FeedMyInbox ( feedmyinbox.com ) will send an email as and when the feed gets updated, if email notifications are so desperately needed. –  Sathya Jan 29 '10 at 16:10
    
+1. Great tip!! –  Peter Mortensen Jan 29 '10 at 20:25
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