I have been coming across many interesting questions on this site, for which I really like to know the answers; but, there is no way (at least I'm not aware of) to get notified when answers are posted to those questions.

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    You don't actually get notifications to favourites (unless you count that stuff in your profile; which I don't) Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 9:01
  • Obviously, you can "subscribe" to a question, so I guess this is really about notifications. How do you want to be notified? Marking a question as a favorite provides an Inbox notification, IIRC. Do you want to be notified via email?
    – user173448
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 0:12
  • anyone know where the support version of this question is? what if we don't want to request a feature but find the best way to do it with the current state of the system (even if it is hacky like using IFTTT to subscribe to the RSS feed)?
    – NH.
    Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 16:59
  • A feature for following posts was now implemented, more details can be found in the corresponding tag-info.
    – Martin
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 7:17

5 Answers 5


You can subscribe to the rss feed of a particular question:


This way you will get notified by [include favorite rss reader].

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    It would be really good if you could be notified by email as in questions you left an answer though. Commented Feb 8, 2010 at 21:20
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    I agree. I don't have an RSS Reader and I'm not exactly authorized to install such products on my work PC.
    – jp2code
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 20:17
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    @jp2code: Install something? That's so 2008... try reader.google.com ;-)
    – fretje
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 1:46
  • This is going to make me sound stupid, but I have no idea how to get a feed (like this) to load in Google Reader. I've tried, but I am obviously doing something wrong.
    – jp2code
    Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 13:04
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    @jp2code: 1) Click on the big button labeled "Add subscription" on top 2) paste the url of your feed 3) Click Add 4) ... 5) Profit!
    – fretje
    Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 14:13
  • I agree with @obvio171 - I have so many subscriptions, I don't always get a chance to keep up with them all. Not that my inbox is much lighter, but at least it's more direct (and includes weight - thanks Gmail Priority Inbox!).
    – JGarrido
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 3:21
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    Why now allow a subscribe to thread priviledge when user has enough points? The priviledge could add a special tab similar to the favorite questions tab.
    – djangofan
    Commented Nov 4, 2011 at 18:19
  • The link is unavailable. Page Not Found
    – Coder
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 12:01
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    @ShijuKBabu Apparently, the url of this page changed from "meta.stackoverflow.com" to "meta.stackexchange.com". I updated the link. Thanks for noticing ;-)
    – fretje
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 16:05
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    The link says Page Not Found. How does it work now?
    – cuzi
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 18:13
  • The updated link is dead too, now. Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 15:41

As Jeff has explained, you are notified of any activity on questions that you have marked as a favorite.

For more information, see How do favorite questions work?

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    While this work, it feels like misusing the favorite functionality. Sometimes I want to follow the development of a question without considering it a favorite.
    – k0pernikus
    Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 14:34
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    Its also worth noting that some folks don't use RSS feeds. I look at the model and say: do I want to send a continuous feed of possibly tainted data for processing? The answer is NO, so I don't use them. The Browser security model is such a joke at times.
    – user173448
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 0:15
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    As it appears, this is no longer true. Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 14:16

Complementing fretje's answer: when you are reading a question, the RSS link is at the end of the page (before the footer), right side, labeled "question feed".

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    same is true if you are on a specific tag page
    – user141148
    Commented Jan 4, 2010 at 18:05

You could get the StackStalker Chrome extension on the Chrome Web Store. Although I haven't used it, it appears to do what you want.

  • It works, this answer should have more upvotes!
    – Javi
    Commented Feb 4, 2018 at 22:20

Rather than having to subscribe to an RSS feed for each question, a "Subscribe" button could aggregate all question subscriptions into a single RSS feed on each user's profile page.

This way, subscription to that user-specific RSS feed would be all that's required. And we wouldn't keep overflowing feed quotas for services like Feed My Inbox.

  • You can click the "Star" right below a question's voting arrows to mark it as a favorite. You can then track updates to favorites via the appropriate section of your profile. Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 0:06

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