• What does bookmarking a question mean?
  • How do you bookmark a question?
  • Do users get updates on their bookmarked questions?
  • Are my bookmarks publicly visible?
  • How do you see your own bookmarks?
  • How do you see other users' bookmarks?
  • How do you see which users have bookmarked a particular question?
  • What impact does the bookmark system have on the voting system?
  • Can I "un-bookmark" a question?
  • Can I search within my bookmarks?

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    I wonder if I could increase that number by replacing the graphic in the answer with a screenshot of this question. (After putting in a freehand circle and arrow, of course.)
    – Pops
    Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 17:48
  • I love the irony that this question has been selected as a favourite by 152 users (= 70% of the number of upvotes)! Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 3:43
  • 1
    @Chappo keep in mind favoriting can be done with 1 rep, upvote requires 15 rep. So good chance many of those who favorited has below 15, so couldn't upvote. Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 7:44
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    Should we update this in light of Bookmarks have evolved into Saves? Or should a new post be created to replace this one? It doesn't seem all that useful keeping around an FAQ for a now-removed feature, but I also see some merit in creating a new post from scratch precisely because Saves is a new feature altogether.
    – zcoop98
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 22:18

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A question is bookmarked by clicking the icon beneath the vote counter:


A number beneath the icon shows the number of users who have bookmarked a specific question. Bookmarking a question basically says that a particular user feels like saving that question to be able to easily find it again later. It's completely separate from the voting system and has no impact on question scores or user reputation. However, having a question bookmarked by enough users does make you eligible to earn certain badges.

Bookmarking a question allows you to easily check back to see when updates are made to the post and reference it again in the future.

  • Any question you bookmark will be listed in your user profile under the tab "bookmarks". This lets you find it easily when the question may otherwise get lost.

  • The bookmarks tab on your profile has a counter indicating how many of your bookmarked questions have received answers since you last viewed that tab. When you click on the tab, recently changed questions will be highlighted. "Changed" includes comments on or edits to the question and new or edited answers. This is a way to get updates on questions that you yourself didn't ask.

bookmark tab counter

There is no limit to the number of bookmarks you pick. Furthermore, you can remove a bookmark at any time by just clicking on the same icon either on the question itself or in your user profile. There is no limit to the number of times you can add or remove a question from your bookmarks.

To search within your bookmarks, add the term inbookmarks:mine to your search query.

You can see the bookmarks of other users in their profile pages, and which users have bookmarked a specific question by using this query on the Data Explorer site, for example list of users who bookmarked this very question.

  • 25
    favourite (sic) == bookmarking
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jun 14, 2010 at 18:05
  • 79
    IMO this is a privacy issue. Sometimes, I may not want others to see what I have 'favorited'. So there should be another option that allows us to keep a list of private favorites.
    – Jus12
    Commented Mar 17, 2011 at 11:35
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    Furthermore, it only favorites questions. What I really need is to jump directly to answers.
    – Jus12
    Commented Mar 17, 2011 at 12:01
  • 2
    It seems that you can check for updates to your favorites by clicking on your favorites tab and sorting by activity.
    – codewaggle
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 3:45
  • 2
    @Jus12 I agree public favourites is a privacy issue. You may be interested in my answer here meta.stackexchange.com/a/138723/189918
    – culix
    Commented Jul 5, 2012 at 8:43
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    @Jus12, I suppose you could just bookmark the pages that you don't want anyone to see. I think it would be a privacy issue if bookmarks didn't exist, but rather, it is just an additional option for users. By that logic, posting questions/answers would also be a privacy issue.
    – bunkerdive
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 19:09
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    I've been a user of SO for many years and only now realized fully what this feature (favoring) means. Maybe I'm alone about this but I think this feature should be renamed to something like "bookmark" or "follow" it would be much more apparent what it does. I kind of always thought that favorite meant a stronger kind of vote up.
    – Jonny
    Commented Mar 22, 2015 at 7:51
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    @Ciro they won't. It might happen at some point in the future, but even this is not sure. Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 20:09
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    @Jonny makes a very good point and i'm in the same boat (and the boat seems to have a leak!). I think i'll start using it, but hold my nose each time, because i wish to mark bad questions (or bad answers) that i have made suggestions/comments on, and i wish to come back to see if my advice has been followed. They're actually my least favorite Qs, but i do wish to track them.
    – Martin F
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 18:57
  • 1
    @Sean against what? Notifications? No arguments, personally I want them too, but knowing the system also aware it's not likely to happen. :/ Commented May 19, 2015 at 21:56
  • 2
    @Sean it might be simple to do technically, I suspect the lack of notifications is due to decision of the team, e.g. they think it would annoy more than be helpful by flooding the inbox. Commented May 19, 2015 at 22:02
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    @ShadowWizard I can see that. It would certainly overwhelm many of us who've mistaken it as a thumbs-up (like Johnny above). I've hundreds of such questions. If this concept is ever to be implemented, I suppose it would have to be a new data point. Commented May 19, 2015 at 22:04
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    @ShadowWizard Technically, they could add this feature only to stars given after the date of introduction of the feature and add a pop-up explaining the new feature. Regarding information overload: It's a natural part of Quora to follow questions and the notifications have never interfered with my own activities, so I'm not seeing that as a problem based on my experience.
    – Lenar Hoyt
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 21:52
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    @ShadowWizard I'm not. I'm responding to your or the dev team's claim that the notifications would flood the inbox, and Sean's claim that existing stars would pose a problem.
    – Lenar Hoyt
    Commented Jan 10, 2016 at 12:35
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    it will be better if we get notifications for changes made for our favorite questions.
    – kelalaka
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 17:57

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