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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.


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 provides 2 general benefits to you.

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

  2. Changes to the question will eventually (but do not currently) notify users who have favorited the question. Notifications will include comments to the question, edits, new answers, and edits to answers. This is a way to get updates on questions that you yourself didn't ask.

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

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favourite (sic) == bookmarking –  ChrisF Jun 14 '10 at 18:05
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
Furthermore, it only favorites questions. What I really need is to jump directly to answers. –  Jus12 Mar 17 '11 at 12:01
Where will I get these notifications?... meta.superuser.com/questions/3910/… –  iglvzx Dec 20 '11 at 6:14
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
@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
@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
When will notifications start happening? –  Ciro Santilli 六四事件 法轮功 Jan 25 at 20:51
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

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