According to this question on Meta.StackOverflow:

Changes to the question will now notify users who have favorited the question. Notifications include comments to the question, edits, new answers, and edits to answers. This is a way to get updates on questions that you yourself didn't ask.

The answer does not explicitly state where the notifications appear, although I assume they would appear in my Stack Exchange inbox. However, I have not once received a single notification for any of the questions I have favorited.

Cross referencing my inbox and favorites, I can confirm that there are no notifications for any activity from my favorites.

So, where are these notifications supposed to appear? Is this feature broken?

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    It's the same for me. Edits to my posts also aren't in the inbox. I need to go to my user profile (clicking my user name), and the tabs (e.g. responses, favorites) have number tags informing me of "unread messages".
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Dec 20, 2011 at 6:15
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    I'm totally adding this to my favorites so I don't get a notification (yup, doesn't work for me either).
    – slhck
    Commented Dec 20, 2011 at 9:50

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We had to pull that for a bit while we figure it out. See my comments here:


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    Please get it back soon Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 6:30
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    Have you figured it out yet? The star, as-is, is pretty much useless.
    – K3---rnc
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 21:34
  • I'm glad I don't get a notification. I just want it to be in my favorites list so I can go look at it later. So if it is added, I want an option to not get notifications for every new answer on a favorite question.
    – mbomb007
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 18:33

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