I went to my user page this weekend and was surpised to see this:

34 fAvOrItZ!

I only have 11 questions favorited, so I thought that 34 seemed a bit high. Then I realized that I actually have no idea what that number means. I found an awesome answer by yoda to this question:

What does highlighting mean on the profile's "Favorites" tab?

But, his observations ("The number next to the tab indicates how many posts have new answers since you last visited the tab") do not match up with what I'm seeing:

  • I don't have 34 questions favorited, so I don't think it's a count of questions with new answers
  • It doesn't seem to be a tally of all the new answers on my favorited questions either (because there are only 32 answers total to those 11 questions).

Could we get a clear definition of what this number means? This is obviously not a high-priority request, I'm just curious =)

I have left my favorites page the same for now, in case that is helpful to anyone doing detective work on this feature =)

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    I'm pretty sure it's the sum of new answers, edits to the question, and comments on the question, but I'm not sure how best to test that.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Jan 16, 2012 at 16:25
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    Commenting, for science! Commented Jan 16, 2012 at 17:34
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    Also a second comment, for no good reason. Also, unicorns rule. Commented Jan 16, 2012 at 17:36
  • I was just gonna ask this same question! What's funny is that my tab said 34 also!
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 4:58
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    @Cole 34 must be the threshold for interest in that number =) Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 14:19
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    Wow! I just assumed that this was a bug that went unfixed for years :-) Not very good UI.
    – user215040
    Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 8:09

1 Answer 1


Not sure if this is still valid (hence posting as an answer rather than voting to close), but Jeff once wrote:

if you favorite a question, you opt in to updates on that question [...] just as if you own the question.

(Emphasis mine.)

  • Based on my observations so far, this looks like it pretty much answers the question. Thanks Arjan =) Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 20:56
  • They are highlighted, @Phillip, but only once.
    – Arjan
    Commented Jun 27, 2012 at 16:32

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