Most of the time I find questions that I would want to log in later to answer. These wouldn't exactly be my favorite questions since that's not the intent. Would it be possible to create such a feature. This is not a duplicate of Any way to save a question (like in Reddit).

Currently I would need to "favorite" a question and then remember to un-"favorite" it later. This 'visit-later' list can be autopurged after 10-20 questions or so.

I do know that most questions would've been answered on SO by the time I come back home and login, but still..

  • I've asked a similar question. See the answers here: Add "Answer Later" Tab
    – SwDevMan81
    Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 19:34
  • A year later, and no such feature :( Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 20:29
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    Isn't the RSS feed for each question sufficient?
    – ale
    Commented Nov 4, 2010 at 0:23
  • I am also really missing an option like this, what can we do about it/who decides to add this feature?
    – Ida
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 9:42
  • I would also like to be able to add answers and comments in addition to questions to a "view later" queue. Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 2:35
  • i was about to ask the same ......
    – Nitin4873
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 4:18
  • I've marked this question as a favorite and hope to revisit later to see that it was implemented ;-) An ideal compromise solution might be to allow notes on favorites, similar to how Amazon Wish List works... Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 16:30
  • This is what browser tabs are for. (Use OneTab or equivalent if you don't like leaving lots of tabs open to come back to later.) Commented Jun 29, 2016 at 4:21

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This actually is one of the accepted uses of the "favorites" feature. With respect, your interpretation takes the name "favorites" a bit too literally; it's really more like "SO internal server-side bookmarks."

I suspect that having a second queue of "temporary favorites" would lead to more confusion than it's worth.

  • Well if it was called temporary favourites I admit it would be very confusing. But if it was called save for later revisit would make it a much better understood functionality with a lot less confusion and misunderstanding. Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 17:24

Favourites are by design immutable.
And from an UI perspective no one would associate a star with add to answer later list.

Answer Later or Save For Later whatever the name I need a tick-or-mark-this-question-because-I-can't-answer-it-right-now option.
In the meantime I am using temporary comment reminders to track them.


Now that it's called "Bookmarks" and not "Favorites" anymore, you can safely bookmark a question you want to visit later without marking it in any way as favorite.

Kind of status-completed-via-wording change.

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