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An incomplete list of reasons why one might track a question: to delete them later. to check if they get deleted. to check if they stay closed. to see if maybe they get turned from something incomprehensible into something meaningful. to monitor if the fight in the comments is really over or if it might be rekindled. because one finds some answer ...


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People favorite questions for all kinds of reasons that aren't synonymous with upvoting. Sometimes the question is bad and the user wishes to keep an eye on it. Sometimes it's because the question might be good enough to answer if an edit is made, such as an "on hold" question. Sometimes one finds one of the answers exceptional, but doesn't think the ...


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The proposal seems to be based on a misunderstanding of the feature. The purpose of favorites is not so much 'to mark favorite a good question.' The purpose is to be able to follow and to relocate a question-thread. A more transparent name for "favorite" might be "follow" or "bookmark." Now, there might be a correlation between good quality and the number ...


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From How do favorite questions work?: Marking a question as a favorite basically says that a particular user feels like watching that question. It's completely separate from the voting system Being the only built-in way to keep track of changes to questions, favorite could conceivably be used for both good and bad questions. There are various reasons ...


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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 ...


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I do favorite things when there is the possibility that the person asking will delete the question. If that happens, I can see the whole thing, but only if I can locate it. So, at least a quarter of my favorites are very bad questions.


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No, it's not possible. Why? Because Jeff Atwood declined to implement such a feature, despite the request having +180 score and his answer heavily downvoted. Also, because (as it seems to me) nobody at SE did anything to improve the functionality of favorites since Atwood left. Which leaves us with options: bookmark in a browser, or bookmark in some cloud-...


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You can use the normal search with the specification "infavorites:mine". When you are viewing search results, look at the "Advanced Search Tips" to the right of the search input field. To search in someone else's favorites, use "infavorites:13854" where 13854 is replaced with the person's MSE id.


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The $\Large \star$ button, when clicked on, becomes $\color{orange}{\Large \star}$, signaling that the question was added to the user's favorite question's list. You can access this list in your profile. The number of users who added the question to its favorite's is shown below the star. Related: How do favorite questions work?


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You upvote a question because you find it useful. You star a question because you want to revisit it at some point, either after some activity there, or perhaps after lack of activity. quid already gave a nice list of reasons why you might want to revisit a question even if it is not too useful. Another reason I often use myself is that I know that I could ...


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Users can always mark their own question as favourite questions. It does make some sense, though, since it lets them follow through updates on the question and the answers from the relevant tab in their profile. (I agree that it feels a bit redundantly frivolous, though.)


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You can favorite a question by clicking on the star under the voting arrows. Then you can find them back in your profile under Activity -> favorite (here).


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The questions which are in different color are those ones, which have one of your favorite tags. From What do “favorite tags” and “ignored tags” do?: Questions with these tags become highlighted on the front page. Questions with new activity are shown on stackexchange.com/filters. In the review queues, questions from these tags are shown to you ...


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I am one of the people who does this occasionally. One of my motives for roaming on our site is to search for material: nice questions that I can imagine turning into a homework problem, or into a contest question (junior high or high school level). When I find such a question I will favorite it. As a kinda bookmark so that I can find it again later. If the ...


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Copy/paste/edited from Jeff Atwood's answer over on meta.stackoverflow.com: There is a default tag filter on http://stackexchange.com/ but you must be logged in: Click on "Filtered Questions" Click on "Favourite Tags" filter.


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I see it on your profile's favourites. Note that you can order the list by various criteria. Try ordering by "Added".


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Go to your profile. In the middle of the page, a bit down, is a tab for your favorites. If there have been updates to your favorited questions, then there will be a number and some color there as well.


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You can use the search to narrow down things. If you enter tags in the search search, for example: [homework] [real-analysis] the result is questions from the intersection of the tags. You can add more modifiers, is:question, limitation on score, with or without answers (or accepted answers) and so on.


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It is telling you what having the star marked by your click is supposed to signify, not stating the current status. The same format applies to hovering over the uparrows and downarrows. The description applies (if at all) only when the star (or arrow) is highlighted by you having clicked it. It is not wrong, but it is potentially confusing. Lord_Farin ...


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I am in favor of keeping the current description, because it is consistent with the hovertext on the up/down vote arrows. This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear is shorter and more to the point than "click this arrow to mark that the question shows research effort, is useful and clear" The hovertext is not a statement that SE ...


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You can create and bookmark a URL of the form https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tag1+or+tag2+or+tag3+or+tag4 For example, https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/probability+or+linear-algebra+or+measure-theory+or+statistics You can use the featured and other sub-tabs to customize the view further. If you have only a few favorite ...


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According to an answer to this meta.SO question: What does highlighting mean on the profile's “Favorites” tab? The number next to the tab indicates how many posts have new answers since you last visited the tab. Arturo Magidin in his comment has a different explanation: Should have been "six activites in the questions you marked as favorite". This one ...


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I have carried this as an experiment - perhaps it could serve as an additional datapoint which might help the OP or somebody else with further investigation. I have tried including the tags from the curent revision of the question as my favorite tags, and start adding some of the ignored tags. The results of the experiments are below. Incidentally, it ...


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On the bottom of the app, on any page that displays lists of questions, you should see a bar where the rightmost button says “More” with three dots on top of it. Tap on that, and a link to reach your favourite questions should appear.


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