I have gone through How do favorite questions work?, however I still do not know what does a small asterisk in the favorites tab header in my user profile mean?

i.e. the tab sometimes appears as * favorites:

Asterisk next in the favorites tab

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    That mean something has changed somewhere within your favorite posts.
    – YOU
    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:35
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    And how do I know what is that something? like which of the favorite has the update and what exact part of it (the question, answer, comment)? Is there some (visual) cue?
    – publicgk
    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:45
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    Note that this seems to be work in progress.
    – Arjan
    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:47
  • BTW, if there can be a feature wherein the questions (that have changes) are colored slightly differently when user clicks on *favorites tab and looks at favorited question list, it would be relatively easier.
    – publicgk
    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:05
  • @publicgk: Oh yes, that would be very helpful. Apr 21, 2011 at 10:07
  • Should we then put a request for that feature? And how to do that? (Or if one of you can do it?)
    – publicgk
    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:12

1 Answer 1


That mean something has changed somewhere within your favorite posts.

And this is what I do when I want to look that what it was changed.

  • Click favorite tab with *

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  • Make sure it is sorted by recent (As you see, first question had some activity at 7h ago by Will, and second question had latest activity at 9h ago, third one had some actions at 9h ago too)

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You can click those 7h ago, and 9h ago links to check what is those (those links has ?lastactivity parameters just like the one in homepage)

  • You can click 'x hours ago" button for revisions history to check what is changed to that post

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  • If you want to check the evey changes to the whole thread, you can also check timeline by changing question revisions link to timeline at address bar in your browser.


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  • Wow. Such a detailed explanation. And nice example. :) Thanks.
    – publicgk
    Apr 21, 2011 at 6:04
  • Not bad at all. The only thing I'm wondering about: If someone leaves a comment on one of my favorite questions, this will give a favorite notification, but it won't count as recent activity in the "favorite" tab (if I'm not mistaken). How can I find that comment then? Apr 21, 2011 at 9:38
  • @Hendrik, I favorited this post, and I don't have asterisk on my profile though. (we are now commenting right?)
    – YOU
    Apr 21, 2011 at 9:42
  • But not on the question. EDIT: I've tried to notify you by adding a comment to the question. Apr 21, 2011 at 9:45
  • @Hendrik, I have deleted my comments, and realized that you're right. I also don't know how can I find out comment changes on favorite tab.
    – YOU
    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:09

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