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I have found myself often finding interesting questions which I do not have the time to look into myself, but that I would very much like to see the answers to if someone else does. Unless I am mistaken, there is currently no way to mark a question with something like

  • Notify me if an answer is posted
  • Notify me if an answer is accepted
  • "Watch" question (get all notifications that you would get if you were the original poster)

Of course, the site does this automatically for one's own questions, but not for others'. I think this would be a very helpful feature to have. Thoughts?

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  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried favorites? Changes to favorite questions are highlighted, if you sort your favorites by last activity (most recent). AFAIK it is not shown what exactly are the changes, see here and here. (cont...) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Aug 11 '12 at 3:51
  • $\begingroup$ (cont...) I don't know which changes cause highlighting, but posting new answer definitely does and from my experience I suspect the also posting comments and editing the question do. (Maybe someone knows where details can be found.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Aug 11 '12 at 3:53
  • $\begingroup$ There is also this feature request on Meta Stack Exchange: Adding Favorites to the Stack Exchange global inbox. (And other questions linked there might provide further reading on related issues.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak May 18 '18 at 10:36
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You can get RSS feeds for every page. While that does not cover accepted answers or comments, it does give a partial coverage of new answers (and possibly edits).

You can also add the post to your favorites and remember to check the page often, it has a similar effect (and I suspect it might be using RSS based mechanism to begin with).

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    $\begingroup$ While this is certainly an okay workaround, I would much prefer the feature being built in to the site, so as to minimize the amount of effort I have to put in. $\endgroup$ – nullUser Aug 10 '12 at 22:40
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    $\begingroup$ @nullUser: I agree, but don't you think that the inbox is full enough as it is already? Perhaps it can be set into another tab (like notifications for badges and whatnot), but I am having a hard time to see that happening soon. Maybe... $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Aug 10 '12 at 22:42
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    $\begingroup$ As someone who feeds on information, I personally find my inbox to be rather empty. Also, this is something you can choose to do, not something to be forced upon you. Though I do think that more customization in how and when notifications are received would be good. As far as implementing it goes, I can't imagine it taking more than 100 lines and a column in a database to implement this, the biggest concern would be the overhead speed/storage costs. But again, I would like to stress that I think it would be entirely worth it. $\endgroup$ – nullUser Aug 11 '12 at 2:57

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