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I wonder if it is possible to search in just my favorited questions?

If not, can it be considered as a feature request?

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    Did you favorite every question? – juan May 18 '10 at 15:24
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    Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3683/… – squillman May 18 '10 at 16:11
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    @squillman: now your comment seems too ironic. – perbert May 18 '10 at 17:52
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    @voy infinite loop for the win! – squillman May 18 '10 at 21:02
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    I think searching within favs is a good idea. Not because I have every question as my favorite but I do use favorite feature as bookmarking on SO. – sabertooth Aug 17 '10 at 14:12
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    The option infavorites:1 was implemented in August 2010, but no longer supported since the new search was introduced early 2011. – Arjan Jan 26 '11 at 23:58
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    Why is infavorites no longer supported? I use that search term a lot, and it's quite handy. (@Arjan's link is broken.) – Pat Jan 28 '11 at 22:19
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  • Could the search hints page be updated? – M. Tibbits Jul 10 '11 at 7:57
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    @Welbo'clock, favorites are somewhat like browser bookmarks And every decent browser provides a search feature for its bookmarks. – Dheeraj V.S. Apr 12 '12 at 6:36
  • Personally, I am giving up on favorites and just using bookmarks. I would rather that favoriting were disabled so that I would never have fallen into the trap of favoriting in the first place. – ftvs Apr 4 '13 at 8:58
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    could we remove the status-completed tag? maybe this was removed by accident, in which case it is again a feature-request. if it was removed by intent (I hope not) then it would be now a status-declined. – n611x007 May 3 '13 at 10:57
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    fyi, it works again. – n611x007 Jul 24 '13 at 15:08
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From my original answer here:

I think the most flexible solution would be to add a search parameter infavorites:x that would allow searches on people's favourited questions.

The parameter x would be one of:

  • A numeric user id
  • mine, a shortcut to search your own favourites
  • all, to search in all users' favourites

This plays well with all the existing search parameters.

Since everyone's favourites are public anyway (and are included in the data dump), I don't see a problem exposing this type of feature in search.

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    Yes please! My favorites have gotten too much! I was actually looking for a way to filter/search all my favorites by tag. – gideon Jan 15 '12 at 6:16
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    Not able to use this now, Is it still available? Please let me know any new syntax to search in favorites. – mtk Jul 20 '12 at 13:45
  • @mtk: It existed at one time, but was removed when question search was rewritten. – Jon Seigel Jul 20 '12 at 13:57
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    So, how to search in favorites now ? Have asked same question on meta here, Please reply if you know the answer. – mtk Jul 20 '12 at 15:13
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    @mtk: You can't. Look at Revision 5 of this question -- it was implemented at one time, but was removed during the rewrite of the search code. – Jon Seigel Jul 20 '12 at 15:16
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    This is now how it works, with the exception of the all option...that one's crazy expensive without an indexing change and can't see a real win by implementing it. That being said, we could do it a different way if it was really helpful. – Nick Craver Jan 6 '13 at 22:29
  • does this still work, with the new changes in the search system? it replaces mine to my user id, but there is no result. :( – n611x007 May 3 '13 at 10:51
  • if this is deprecated, could it be noted in the answer? – n611x007 May 3 '13 at 10:55
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    @naxa: This still appears as an option in the Advanced Search Tips. Go to meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q= and click the Advanced Search Tips link at the top right. The search box recognizes the option, but it doesn't seem to work very well. – Jon Seigel May 3 '13 at 13:56
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    @JonSeigel yes I've tried it, but it didn't work. So do we have [status-needs-fix]? I suggested in the A's comment that the [status-completed] tag should be removed. Not only would that reflect the reality (in the sense that it's no longer 'complete' due to regression) but may also attract attention. – n611x007 May 5 '13 at 5:48
  • @naxa: I would suggest filing a bug report. – Jon Seigel May 5 '13 at 17:15
  • @JonSeigel Wow thanks! That's pretty cool! Now I can search my favorites by tag! infavorites:mine [tag] :D – Meredith Jul 19 '13 at 16:55
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I currently have 1850 questions favorited for various reasons. Many of them have good answers in them (I can't favorite answers, grrr) or otherwise have information relevant to me. Some of them I want to track over a period of time. Some are just amusing or otherwise illustrative of programmer peculiarities.

I would welcome some kind of search facility on my favorites, even if it just found a keyword or two in the text of the questions or answers, or if I have to use a special string in Google to accomplish it.

Actually, filtering the favorites on a specified tag would work too.

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    Good point; very reasonable, I would say... +1 – nicorellius May 18 '10 at 15:56
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UPDATE: infavorites:mine has been implemented.

Only American spelling of favorites is supported.


I have found stackoverflow favorites organizer by googling.

It works well in Chrome but I had issues with it in Firefox. Not perfect but I managed to find the question I was looking for reasonably quick.

I hope infavorites:mine will be implemented soon.

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    infavorites:mine automatically got converted to infavorites:4790871 for me, which appears to implement everything desired. Horray – davidparks21 Apr 6 '18 at 15:57
  • Didn't auto-convert to me, but this happily indicated to me how to do it (find my user ID). – ijoseph Jul 10 '18 at 23:26
  • I just wasted a few minutes of my life wondering why this wasn't working. It's because only American spelling of favorites is supported. That should be highlighted. – TRiG is Timothy Richard Green Aug 1 '18 at 14:30
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    @TRiGisTimothyRichardGreen Sorry to hear that. :( I added that to the answer for future visitors. – Ali Aug 1 '18 at 16:04
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This could be part of an advanced search page.

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    s/could/should/r – perbert May 18 '10 at 16:11
  • @perbert, what is the r modifier for s command? Havent found it anywhere :-) – Tomas Aug 12 '11 at 23:33
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    @Tomas, s/r/g/g :P – perbert Aug 13 '11 at 2:10
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    @perbert, uff, I searched all the manpages for that! ;-) – Tomas Aug 13 '11 at 2:52
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This has now been completed with the new elasticsearch engine, see here.

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Yes, this can be done by adding to your search query the following:

infavorites:mine

So as an example, to find posts you favorited that have "notification" mentioned in the title you would type this in the search box:

notification infavorites:mine

A list of more search operators can be found on the help page here:

  • I just wasted a few minutes of my life wondering why this wasn't working. It's because only American spelling of favorites is supported. That should be highlighted. – TRiG is Timothy Richard Green Aug 1 '18 at 14:30
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Here is a JS snippet you can use as a bookmark. Mark the full code and drag it on your bookmark bar or paste it into the url field when editing a bookmark.

javascript:(function(){var i=$("input[name=q]").val("infavorites:mine ")[0];i.focus()})()

This bookmark can be used on all StackExchange pages to initialise a search in your favourites.

Remembering infavorites:mine in my rare cases that I actually need to search through my favourites was too hard for me, so I made this bookmark for me.

I also wanted to be able to use it on all of my StackExchange sites, so that's why the bookmark won't redirect you to any search site. Go to your StackExchange site of your choice and click the bookmark for the favourite search, afterwards.

Have fun!

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