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  • Do users get updates on their favorite questions?
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  • How do you see other users' favorite questions?
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  • What impact does the favorite system have on the voting system?
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I wonder if I could increase that number by replacing the graphic in the answer with a screenshot of this question. (After putting in a freehand circle and arrow, of course.) –  Pops Nov 30 '12 at 17:48

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A question is marked as a favorite by clicking the star beneath the vote counter:

Favorite

A number beneath the star shows the number of users who have favorited a specific question. Marking a question as a favorite basically says that a particular user feels like watching that question. It's completely separate from the voting system and has no impact. However, having a question marked as a favorite by enough users does make you eligible to earn certain badges.

Marking a question as a favorite allows you to easily check back and see when updates are made to the post, and can function as a simple bookmark for questions you might want to reference again in the future.

  • Any question you favorite will be listed in your user profile under the tab "favorites". This lets you find it easily when the question may otherwise get lost.

  • The favorites tab on your profile has a counter indicating how many of your favorite questions have changed since you last viewed that tab. When you click on the tab, recently changed questions will be highlighted. "Changed" includes comments on or edits to the question and new or edited answers. This is a way to get updates on questions that you yourself didn't ask.

favorites tab counter

There is no limit to the number of favorites you pick. Furthermore, you can retract a favorite at any time by just clicking on the star. There is no limit to the number of times you can retract or reinstate a question as your favorite.

You can see the favorites of other users in the user profile page, and which users have favorited a specific question by using this query on the Data Explorer site, for example list of users who favorited this very question.

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favourite (sic) == bookmarking –  ChrisF Jun 14 '10 at 18:05
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IMO this is a privacy issue. Sometimes, I may not want others to see what I have 'favorited'. So there should be another option that allows us to keep a list of private favorites. –  Jus12 Mar 17 '11 at 11:35
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Furthermore, it only favorites questions. What I really need is to jump directly to answers. –  Jus12 Mar 17 '11 at 12:01
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Where will I get these notifications?... meta.superuser.com/questions/3910/… –  iglvzx Dec 20 '11 at 6:14
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It seems that you can check for updates to your favorites by clicking on your favorites tab and sorting by activity. –  codewaggle Jun 14 '12 at 3:45
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@Jus12 I agree public favourites is a privacy issue. You may be interested in my answer here meta.stackexchange.com/a/138723/189918 –  culix Jul 5 '12 at 8:43
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@Jus12, I suppose you could just bookmark the pages that you don't want anyone to see. I think it would be a privacy issue if bookmarks didn't exist, but rather, it is just an additional option for users. By that logic, posting questions/answers would also be a privacy issue. –  JSalazar Sep 11 '13 at 19:09
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When will notifications start happening? –  Ciro Santilli 六四事件 法轮功 纳米比亚 威视 Jan 25 at 20:51
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I've been a user of SO for many years and only now realized fully what this feature (favoring) means. Maybe I'm alone about this but I think this feature should be renamed to something like "bookmark" or "follow" it would be much more apparent what it does. I kind of always thought that favorite meant a stronger kind of vote up. –  Jonny Mar 22 at 7:51
    
@Ciro they won't. It might happen at some point in the future, but even this is not sure. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 10 at 20:09
    
@Jonny makes a very good point and i'm in the same boat (and the boat seems to have a leak!). I think i'll start using it, but hold my nose each time, because i wish to mark bad questions (or bad answers) that i have made suggestions/comments on, and i wish to come back to see if my advice has been followed. They're actually my least favorite Qs, but i do wish to track them. –  Martin F Apr 13 at 18:57
    
@ShadowWizard Any good arguments against? –  Sean Allred May 19 at 21:48
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@Sean against what? Notifications? No arguments, personally I want them too, but knowing the system also aware it's not likely to happen. :/ –  Shadow Wizard May 19 at 21:56
    
@ShadowWizard Yeah, notifications. I suppose it could be prohibitively challenging depending on how notifications are set up in the design. –  Sean Allred May 19 at 21:59
    
@Sean it might be simple to do technically, I suspect the lack of notifications is due to decision of the team, e.g. they think it would annoy more than be helpful by flooding the inbox. –  Shadow Wizard May 19 at 22:02

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