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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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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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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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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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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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Yes, there's an advanced search option for this: just add inbookmarks:mine to your search query. You can even search within another user's bookmarks; I don't have any bookmarks on the main site, so when I search for inbookmarks:mine integration I get no results, but this must be the results you get: The ability to group them has been requested (a couple of ...


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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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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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As mentioned in the comments, it seems very likely that you are talking about a deleted account. An account with userid 900638 called Waybig is still displayed in Google Cache, but not on the site. Since the deletion seem to be rather recent, you could check your favorites using this SEDE query: Questions favorited by a specific user. (The questions won't be ...


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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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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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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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While bookmarks indeed only work for questions, you can follow both answers and questions. By following the question, you are notified of new answers, which you could then follow as well. An old feature request to bookmark answers has been declined; there are several alternatives listing there, including using your browser's own bookmark feature.


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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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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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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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The UI elements to which the question refers are on the way out anyway. Due to the recent acquisition of Stack Exchange by LinkedIn[*], the profile pages will be made consistent across both networks. I expect that when this happens, the highlighting of favorites will be the least of our worries. [*] okay, not really — it only looks that way.


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