I'm a bit confused about the difference of following a post/bookmarking a question: Aren't they of same use? More specifically, what's the advantage of following an answer compared to marking the whole post? Any help will be appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ See this meta post. $\endgroup$
    – Zacky
    Jul 14, 2020 at 13:04

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As @Zacky mentioned, there is a proposed FAQ on Meta Stack Exchange. That focuses on the facts; I wrote an answer to a similar question on Arqade about the advantages of both features:

You should use the 'follow' feature when:

  • you want to receive inbox notifications
  • you want to keep the fact that you're following a post private
  • you want to keep a reference to an answer, not to a question

You should use the 'bookmark' feature when

  • you don't want to receive inbox notifications (but just keep the question as a reference); multiple comments/edits can get annoying
  • you want an overview of all bookmarked question across the network in your network profile (the 'follow' feature only works on a per-site base)
  • you want to help someone getting a Favorite Question badge
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for this useful answer. Since I will never remember which features attach to follow and which to bookmark, I have bookmarked the question and will follow the answer. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2020 at 19:45

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