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If you bookmark a question, shouldn’t you also be encouraged to upvote it?
Why not get reputation when your question is marked a favorite by somebody?

I see it quite often, a question has more users marked it as favorite than the users who upvoted it.

Isn't it somewhat, well, (c)rude to mark some question as favorite and not upvote it?, by marking it as favorite you say that this question is nice and useful.

Shouldn't users who mark question as favorite be encouraged to upvote it, too?
(Like when upvote an answer on your own question, a note is shown to remind you to accept it)


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No. Not everybody selects a question as his favourite because it's really their favourite. One could e.g. select it as a reminder to come back later to see whether people closed or reopened it. OR come back later to see whether the question has been improved. And sometimes a questions is not really good, but one of the answers is.

Edit: Ah, this question appears to be a duplicate of the slightly misnamed question If you bookmark a question, shouldn’t you also be encouraged to upvote it?


I treat favourite as a bookmark - which has nothing to do with whether I think the question is any good or not.

This behaviour been noted elsewhere on meta - but I can't find the question again.

Actually either the question in Stephan202's answer or the one in Brad Gilbert's comment would fit the bill

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    I had that feeling as well, and I found the question. See my answer.
    – Stephan202
    Commented Oct 17, 2009 at 11:20
  • +1 I too use favoriting for bookmarking - and remove it when the question doesn't interests me anymore.
    – Amarghosh
    Commented Oct 17, 2009 at 12:18
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8457/… Commented Oct 17, 2009 at 14:46
  • @Brad Gilbert - thanks for finding that
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Oct 18, 2009 at 16:13
  • I think many people misuses favorites as a way of "giving Kudos", what creates the problem of having several useless favorites (in a sense how favorites should be really used, like to continue a research later). I went towards a Kudos request, see what do you think? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/269777/… Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 3:00

Stackoverflow and Internet Explorer have made the same mistake. They've called bookmarks "favorites".

(Yes, it wasn't the original intended use in SO's case, but it is what they have been used for)

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    +1 for mentioning the "favorites" faux pas. I hated it when I had to bookmark some web page on tax code and call it a "favorite." Commented Oct 17, 2009 at 13:39
  • omg... that was the definition I was looking for!!! I created this question (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/269777/…), and what you said clearly helps on it. Favorites should be renamed to bookmark, as a favorited thing means actually you really like it as a favorite thing, like we do when you praise or give kudos to someone! Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 3:03

I sometime 'favorite' a question because I'm interested to see the answers, but I expect them to say something negative.

In other words, I may not think the question worthy of an upvote, but I want to be able to go back to it later. This is easier if it's a 'favorite'.


People should be able to use the site as they want to some degree. Forcing users to vote when they perform other actions may be counter to their wishes.

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