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Adding a note to a favourite

As I click on a 'star' would really love the ability to be able to add a quick note on 'why-I'm-clicking-as-a-favorite'

Author's add-on note -- if what I wrote was simplified to the "one-liner" just above, I would I concur that it's a 'duplicate' of entry '8169.' However since that entry was marked "declined," what is not a duplicate of the other entry is:

  1. Detail I included exactly to help avoid it being 'declined' on how the feature can be sufficiently and yet minimalistly:
    • doable from the backend view ( ASCI and limited to 256 characters )
    • exposed at the UI view so users not wanting it are not visually burdened by it (as a user clicks on the 'favorite' star, show a text field with a grey transparent tip reading 'add an optional comment')
  2. A detailed motivating use-case:
    • As I was reading: 'Texturing Quadrics in JOGL' I clicked on the star, and really wanted to add a quick note-to-self, "why" I clicked on it, e.g.: "with jogl now supporting evaluators/nurbs/quadrics, perhaps get around to evaluating camera remapping in gl" . While that comment is obviously not relevant to others, that's the point. The comment captures for me the differential, specific hook inducing me to click it as a favorite

Long-term usability gain to stackoverflow: As I look over my page of favorites (esp whilst looking for something specific) such 1-liner comments would enable me:

  • to make connections between the things that I've favorited across quarters past, based on my now-current sense of what I would use in the next few months

  • to cull irrelevant favorites, which in-turn helps reduce the fear that just a browse through my favorites list while I look for something might induce my brain's (already nearly full) stack to overflow

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    Good idea - it would allow you to differentiate between those you want to bookmark for "posterity" and those you just want to be able to check back on in a couple of days.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 3, 2011 at 8:15
  • I don't see how this is a duplicate of the one mentioned. I'd really like to have the option to add a short note or tag about why I starred it. I use favorites to track canonical questions that I like to refer others to, and to track questions I am interested in following, and to track new activity in questions I've answered. The last case leads to some people having thousands of favorites. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2322/…
    – toxalot
    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:25


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