I would like to hear your input on this, should we block the capacity to favorite a question unless the question has been upvoted? I see lots of questions which have more favorites than votes do you think this is bad?

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    $\begingroup$ Why do you think this is a problem? $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Jun 19, 2014 at 5:23
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    $\begingroup$ I feel like the fact someone favorites a question should mean they think it is good, and a person who thinks it is good should upvote it. $\endgroup$
    – user33907
    Jun 19, 2014 at 5:26
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    $\begingroup$ But what if the user doesn't yet have the privilege to upvote? (See, also, the MSE favorite questions faq.) $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Jun 19, 2014 at 5:30
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    $\begingroup$ I occasionally favourite a question because it's bad, and I want to keep an eye on it (especially if it's deleted). $\endgroup$
    – user61527
    Jun 19, 2014 at 5:44
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    $\begingroup$ As of this moment, this question has already been favorited by one user, but it does not have an upvote. $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2014 at 7:23
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak Now it does (it's almost a day later than your comment)! $\endgroup$
    – user122283
    Jun 20, 2014 at 22:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Bach, people are talking about your (needless) edit and they don't seem to like it. Please don't do that again. $\endgroup$
    – Alex M.
    Jun 1, 2019 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexM. Thank you for the heads up! In fact, I am not a native English speaker and I was using an online grammar checking plugin. I made this edit since ''Grammarly'' suggested it. No offense, I will try to avoid this kind of edits. Best~ $\endgroup$
    – Bach
    Jun 1, 2019 at 15:53

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People favorite questions for all kinds of reasons that aren't synonymous with upvoting. Sometimes the question is bad and the user wishes to keep an eye on it. Sometimes it's because the question might be good enough to answer if an edit is made, such as an "on hold" question. Sometimes one finds one of the answers exceptional, but doesn't think the question is all that good. This would be like insisting a user upvote a question before bookmarking it. I do not support your request.

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    $\begingroup$ Oh, I see, perhaps the name should be changed then, since "favorite" seems like something good to me, perhaps bookmark would be more appropriate $\endgroup$
    – user33907
    Jun 19, 2014 at 13:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Bananarama: I'm sure that in most cases a favorite question is a good one. If there were a way to have both "favorites" and "bookmarked" questions, I would do reorganize my lists, but it is not a pressing concern. At least not for me. $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2014 at 13:32

I am one of the people who does this occasionally. One of my motives for roaming on our site is to search for material: nice questions that I can imagine turning into a homework problem, or into a contest question (junior high or high school level).

When I find such a question I will favorite it. As a kinda bookmark so that I can find it again later. If the OP has put the usual amount effort into it, sure, I will upvote. But upvoting a PSQ just doesn't feel right. In those cases my appreciation belongs to whoever composed the problem.

FWIW as of today my list of favorites runs into 18 pages. May be a quarter of them are of this material search -type. I dare not guess how many of those are without my upvote. At least one of them was deleted (by the OP).

Anyway, I oppose this suggestion. The star belongs to the question, the upvote to the asker.

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    $\begingroup$ just one questions, what is PSW $\endgroup$
    – user33907
    Jun 20, 2014 at 22:30
  • $\begingroup$ I seem to have caught the acronym bug. See our local list. $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2014 at 22:32

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