If I favour a question, does that mean I'm following it? And vice versa? What's the difference?

  • $\begingroup$ Favorite question has a specific meaning in SE software - see here for links to some basic information. I am not sure whether following a question has precisely defined meaning. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 6:12

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There isn't such a thing as "a followed question" in Stack Exchange interface, so the "favorite questions" serve this role. Marking a question as a favorite allows you to:

  1. Look it up later in your list of favorites (on your profile page), which can be sorted in various ways.
  2. Get a pseudo-notification of activity in those questions: it does not appear in your inbox, but is shown as a red badge with a number on the favorites tab in your profile.
  3. Search such questions in the future by using infavorites:mine search operator.

See also: How do favorite questions work?

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I was looking at an icon that is the result of a Chrome add-on. That's what threw me. $\endgroup$
    – MathAdam
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 6:24

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