I asked a question without subscribing, but now I'm not being notified of answers. Is there any way to subscribe so that I'll get those notifications?

  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by: I asked a question without subscribing? Do you mean that you asked from a different (unregistered) account. If you have access to your old account, you should be able to merge the two accounts. $\endgroup$ Aug 17, 2015 at 7:39
  • $\begingroup$ This thread suggests that you need to specifically opt in to email notifications when asking a question: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/3710/… $\endgroup$ Aug 18, 2015 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ This answer claims that you should be able to do that anytime (not only when posting a question). But I do not see such option on my questions. (And I do not see such possibility when I click on "ask question", either.) $\endgroup$ Aug 18, 2015 at 17:24

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I am not sure whether this is exactly what the OP wants, but there is possibility to receive notifications from your global inbox also via email. (Assuming you did not see them on the site.)

See here:

The above posts are quite old - the user interface changed a bit since then. So it does not look the same as on the screenshots you see there.

Still, you should be able to find this if you go to your profile, click on "Edit Profile & Settings" and then on "Edit Email Settings". There you can choose (among other things) whether you want to get emails about your unread inbox messages weekly/daily/every 3 hours/not at all.

Another way to switch on the email notifications for global inbox is using the checkbox "Email me new responses ..." when posting a question/answer. This checkbox is only displayed if the notifications for the replies from the global inbox aren't already switched on.

See this answer on Meta Stack Exchange for a screenshot: Email notifications on Q&A I have been involved in. This post on Meta Stack Exchange contains some additional details: Receive emails for responses to posts


Nothing built-in, but here's a simple way:

  1. At the bottom right of every page there is a link "question feed" to the RSS feed for new activity on that question. Get that link.
  2. Create an IFTTT account.
  3. Use the recipe RSS to email with the aforementioned RSS link.

There is also StackEye - Chrome Extension to follow users and questions on StackExchange sites, which allows you to subscribe to any questions and displays notifications within the site.


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