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My question is not a duplicate of Notify when my question has been linked from another question. The latter talks only about linked questions; my request is about both questions and answers.


I would appreciate to receive a notification when my own post (question or answer) is linked to in another post.
That way, I could see how my question or answer is relevant to other questions, possibly leave a comment in case the reference needs clarification/correction, or notice when a post I am the author of is discussed on meta.

It has actually happend to me several times that I accidentally encountered a post referencing something I wrote elsewhere and thought "I should have seen that earlier, then I could have added a comment to clarify what I actually meant" or "I should have seen this earlier, then I might have been able to write an aswer to or read about this interesting related question."

You already get notified whenever a comment is left under your post, so I think it would make sense to also get notified when a comment to your own post is left in another post.

If notifications are too pushy (but I don't think links to your posts happen so often it gets annyoing), a small section somehwere in the "activity" tab on my profile that I could check from time to time would do too.

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This really doesn't give much benefit really, and the deluge of notices that might result would be very annoying and have quite a large window for abuse. Authors of canonical questions/answers such as What is a NullPointerException, and how do I fix it? would be prodded by notifications. (No, seriously, there are thousands of questions closed as duplicates of that!)

As to your alternative proposal, again, I think that authors of canonical questions/answers would find this useless, as it would require going through pages of notifications (or continuously checking) in the hopes that maybe one or two might actually require revising your answer or clarifying with a comment.

notice when a post I am the author of is discussed on meta.

This might be a good idea. Maybe if a post is tagged with or , then the author of the first linked post of the right type is notified. Not entirely sure how feasible this is.

You already get notified whenever a comment is left under your post, so I think it would make sense to also get notified when a comment to your own post is left in another post.

I'm not quite sure I follow your logic. If it's on another post, why should you be notified?


If you want a list of links to or from a question or answer, there is a list in the sidebar of questions pages.

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