I keep lots of my questions in my favorites for various reasons, some of them are closed or highly down-voted questions. I hope I am not giving the impression to the OPs that they are good questions. If this is the case then I would switch to use the browsers favorites.

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    Btw, I starred this q but didn't upvote it... How did that make you feel? ;-)
    – AviD Mod
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 10:46
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    @AviD sexy :D ..
    – Ulkoma
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 10:48
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    Ha! Well, yeah.... all security.se are naturally more sexy than non-users :D
    – AviD Mod
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 10:51

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It's hard to say what impression it gives, since this is pretty subjective...

That said I think it's pretty clear to those that understand the site that this doesn't mean that you think that it is a good question - that's what upvotes are for - but that you want to keep track of the question (for whatever reason - improved searching, updates and answers, etc.)

On the other hand, there are badges that encourage favorited questions, so I'm not sure what that tells you...

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    The badges are exactly what made me ask the question. However I didn't mention them as they are not called "good question" or "nice question".
    – Ulkoma
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 10:47
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    Right, they are not called that (well, "stellar"?), but it does incentivize favorite questions....
    – AviD Mod
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 10:54

Speaking from a purely utilitarian perspective, starring a question is more convenient than doing it in the browser. Unless you have an elaborate browser-synchronization scheme, that is. Starred questions remain with you wherever you go, on all devices.

As for sending a signal to the OP. there's no clear way to read what a star means, unlike an up- or downvote. Please also note that stars are not anonymous, so downvoting and starring after a short interval may eventually (next Sunday) leak your vote through SEDE (dunno about the API).


Just my $0.02, but I tend to favorite/star questions based on their value, or relevance, to me without regard for what the OP thinks; I mean that in a respectful way. I would guess most SE users do the same in regard to favorites, but I could be wrong. I also agree that it's hard to quantify how someone feels when their question is favorited because it is very subjective.

That being said, I think it's a great question you've asked because it truly made me look at my process/system for using favorites and if I need to revaluate it.



I personally favorite questions that interest me in a way or an other. Sometimes the question is not that interesting in itself but if one of its answers mention something interesting (let's say something I do not know) I favorite the question.

This is said, there are two badges:

  • Favorite Question: Question favorited by 25 users
  • Stellar Question: Question favorited by 100 users

So you favorite a question if it interests you. You are interested in good but not bad things. So personally I am convinced you are giving the OP the impression his question is interesting after all.


I think that unexperienced users will be confused by that only if other feedback is lacking. If all questions of a particular user are heavily downvoted or closed without any comments/comments that make no sense, then he may feel "bashed" by the community without reason, especially if someone favorites his questions (because that may give him the impression to beeing an underdog/asking question that people think are stupid but are secretly great). That means if a question is bad and no constructive feedback on improvement or errors were given yet, you should consider giving a little bit of feedback on what the question is lacking, to avoid misunderstandings.

  • There was already a discussion on this topic a few time ago: Can people please be a little less zealous with close votes?. I think that unless a post is not salvageable by any mean (trolls, vandalism, etc.), most posts get a least a comment telling the OP what is wrong. At least this is what I try to do, and I see a lot of other people tracking the same goal. Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 13:09
  • Yeah, I was more talking about SE generally. Especially plattforms like SO can lack valuable feedback. The first few questions I asked there got closed with help section quotes. The very same sentences that I thought validated my question as ontopic. Very Very confusing. Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 13:13

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