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I don't understand notifications for favorites. I presume the number in blue that I see when I go to my profile is telling me that that many of my favorites have had something happen to them. But which ones?

For example, just now I had a blue 5 next to favorites, but when I click on it, two favorites have a yellow background (which I'm guessing means "something happened") and I couldn't see anything to indicate what else had happened.

What am I missing?

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    $\begingroup$ Here's a start: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/53585/…. $\endgroup$ – whuber Feb 19 '13 at 21:40
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    $\begingroup$ This is not a complete answer, but to see which favorited question had a change, sort your favorites tab by "activity" and that should prove helpful. $\endgroup$ – Aarthi Feb 19 '13 at 22:29
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How do favorite questions work? (emphasis mine):

  • The favorites tab on your profile has a counter indicating how many of your favorite questions have changed since you last viewed that tab. When you click on the tab, recently changed questions will be highlighted. "Changed" includes comments on or edits to the question and new or edited answers. This is a way to get updates on questions that you yourself didn't ask.

The thing is we can't quickly know exactly what has changed; so there are some proposals going on. The following Meta SE post has more about it: Detail Recent Favorite changes.

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