I really do not understand the "Favorites" tab. Today it was annotated with a little 2, which I understand to mean that two of my starred posts have had activity, or perhaps that two events of interest have occurred in my starred posts. But when I visited the favorites tab, I found that it wouldn't tell me what posts had actually had new activity:

Screenshot of my favorites tab

Usually there are some beige-highlighted posts at the top of this list, and I can visit them to see what is new. (Sometimes it appears that nothing is new, but that is a separate question.) This time there were none. None of the five sub-tabs (“votes”, “activity”, “newest”, “views”, “added”) displayed anything that seemed to be new.

I think there is a UI design failure here, but I'm not sure what it is.

Added 2014-01-30: Here's today's update. Three somethings, but only one highlighted:

Another screenshot

Added 2014-03-20: Today it highlighted Earliest precursor to category theory , but that question has not received an edit since 2014-03-02, and no new comment since 2014-02-27.

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    $\begingroup$ It's Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle. It can tell you if there's been activity, or it can tell you where. Not both. (And what's life without mystery?) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jan 29, 2014 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ My working hypothesis is that the missing changes are touches by Community that randomly bring old Questions back to the "front page" via pseudo-activity. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Jan 31, 2014 at 19:04

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The UI elements to which the question refers are on the way out anyway. Due to the recent acquisition of Stack Exchange by LinkedIn[*], the profile pages will be made consistent across both networks. I expect that when this happens, the highlighting of favorites will be the least of our worries.


[*] okay, not really — it only looks that way.

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    $\begingroup$ You had me really scared there for a few seconds. $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Mar 21, 2014 at 3:39

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