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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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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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