I'm not talking about the interesting tags, nor the "favorites" (yellow star) questions.

Very often I read questions that I am interested in, that I can't answer but I would be interested in the answer. Yes, I know I can mark them as favourites, but then to show them I have to go to my account page and click the favorites tab, then click on the question to see if there are new answers.

I would like a different thing, some sort of a "put this in the quick basket" button, near the question title (no need to even open the question), so that I am notified when gradually the "basketed" questions get answers, or when an answer is selected.

notification area

  • The inbox is already rather busy. I personally find the favorites implementation as it stands to be more than enough for this. – Oded Mar 6 '12 at 14:08
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    A similar discussion around the usefulness of favorites (and whether they should be nixed or expanded on): Is the favorite questions system impractical? – Josh Darnell Mar 6 '12 at 14:26

Counter-proposal: Show me when one of my favorited questions gets answered.

Oh, wait. This already exists.

That said, it would be nice if new answers on favorites showed up in your inbox.

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  • Do you mean email notification? not what I'm asking. And your answer is not constructive because you don't specify how. – vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 16:08
  • Click the link... – user102937 Mar 6 '12 at 16:08
  • the link just shows your favs. – vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 16:09
  • Click it again. I changed it to your account's Favorites/Activity. Look at the time stamps along the right hand side. It's a list of all of your favorites that have had recent activity, newest to oldest. – user102937 Mar 6 '12 at 16:10
  • mm ok, I can live with this. I am not notified, I have to go there, as I said. – vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 16:13

Why stop at just one extra list of "bookmarked" questions? Why not go whole-hog and just beef up the Favorite functionality into a full-fledged system with nested folders of favorite questions that users can organize how they like? Oh, wait, that functionality already exists in almost all browsers...


That said, having this sort of functionality would be nice because so much more instrumentation could be wrapped around it that raw bookmarked URLs couldn't have. This does seem a bit out of scope for the site itself, however, and would be better suited to a plugin.

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  • While I understand the resistance to implementing new features because it's not easy, requires a lot of work and lately: who cares? - nonetheless in this right case I think it would speed up the question reading a lot, at least for me. I don't use favorites much, that really adds little to the browsers implementation. – vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 14:21
  • I think the resistance is more along the lines of "We'd rather implement things that are closer to the core mission of the system", but I agree that such a feature would be useful. My system for this right now is to simply leave an interesting question open in a tab and come back to it in a little while (could be a few hours, or a few days). If my browser crashes and I lose that tab, oh well. If nothing interesting happens when I come back or I get bored waiting for something interesting, I just walk away. I'd rather not have to do things this way, but it works OK. – cdeszaq Mar 6 '12 at 14:25
  • that is exactly how I do, and I end up having >20 tabs open, which I refresh in turn. – vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 14:27
  • 1.) The auto-refresh plugin for Chrome is a god-send (you can also select multiple tabs at once and refresh them all) 2.) I usually have a total of 100+ tabs open across 7 desktops on my machine at any given point in time, so adding ten more tabs here or there doesn't phase me. I don't know what I would do if I had a ram-limited machine. – cdeszaq Mar 6 '12 at 14:30

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