As mentioned previously, we are renaming the Favorites feature to Bookmarks. This allows us to both match how it's currently used more closely and communicate what to expect from it better.
Some more background behind this:
- The name "favorites" can be interpreted as giving implicit approval of the post.
- In our user research related to the Question Follow project, we found that a significant portion of users used Favorites really as a way to record items of interest that they wanted to return to later (but definitely not necessarily because they like or approved of the post).
- The new name reflects more accurately the way that the tool is used (and removes confusion that many users had about the term Favorite and what it implies).
- This change was made in the context of our work done on the Question Following project, stemming from the research and preparation that was done for that project (many of the original proposals in the Community for Follow attempted to tie it in to Favorites/Bookmarks).
If you're already using this feature, you should expect no changes beyond the naming and the icon. If you've never used it... well, it's got a different name now.
Here is the comparison of the old vs new UI on question pages:
In user profiles, the tab has been renamed to "Bookmarks" but is in the same location and has the same functionality as before.
We've also added a new search operator:
inbookmarks. It replaces the existing
infavorites operator in the search help pages and output, but both will be accepted and produce the same results.
Questions? Comments? Bug reports? Feel free to leave an answer here.