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Monitor any question from any Stack Exchange site and see when it is updated.

Latest version: 3.0.2 | Updated: May 5, 2017

  • Minor bug fix to work on https sites.

Rewritten from near-scratch to use v2.2 of the Stack Exchange API, StackStalker is a chrome extension that will monitor any question on any Stack Exchange site and let you know when something has updated. Don't sit there and mash your F5 key waiting for something to happen. Instead, while viewing a question, click the StackStalker icon next to the address bar, and click the "Add this question" button. Then go browse something else while StalkStalker does the work for you. No need for logging in or creating a Stack Exchange account.

When you've added one or more questions, the logo will turn from gray (inactive) to blue (active). When a question has been updated, meaning the answer count, comment count, upvote count, or answer acceptance status has been updated, the icon will display a number for how many questions have been updated.

Clicking on the StackStalker icon will bring up a popup window displaying the questions you've chosen to monitor. On the left of each question are at least two action buttons: toggle monitor (eye icon) and delete (X icon). If the question has been updated, its background will turn yellow and you'll have one more action button: mark as read (book icon).

If you click on the eye icon, it will open or close the eye, indicating whether or not StackStalker will actively check for updates to this question. It's recommended that you un-monitor older, less active questions to prevent unnecessary requests to the Stack Exchange API.

Clicking the X icon will remove the question from your list. You can always add it back by revisiting the question and adding it again.

Clicking the book icon will remove the "updated" status from the question you are monitoring without navigating to the question. If you click the title of the question, it will remove the "updated" status as well.

Please feel free to direct suggestions, bugs, or pull requests to the StackStalker repository.


Free! Get it here


Get it here from the Google Chrome Web Store.


This extension is for Google Chrome only.


Created by me, Jason Edelman. If you want to contact me, my info is on the website listed in my profile, or you can just leave a comment here (I'll be monitoring this thread :)


This was written entirely in HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript + jQuery. The code is open-source in this repo. Pull requests and bug reports/fixes welcome!

  • 1
    If you made me a version for Super User, you'd have an instant user
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jun 3, 2010 at 12:15
  • 5
    Please don't use URL shortening services. They are completely unnecessary. This is not Twitter. Jun 3, 2010 at 15:25
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    @dennis - ha, sorry, i was posting it around and just had that on my clipboard
    – Jason
    Jun 3, 2010 at 15:27
  • @ivo i will try to make it cross-SE compatible. that's always been the idea, i just don't know how without hard-coding each site: stackapps.com/questions/499/…
    – Jason
    Jun 3, 2010 at 15:44
  • Jason, please follow the [app] announcement template. stackapps.com/questions/7/… Jun 3, 2010 at 22:07
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    @ivo - (and everyone else) i have updated it now to run all stack exchange sites :) i haven't had time to update the documentation yet, but i'm getting there!
    – Jason
    Jun 14, 2010 at 17:05
  • @kevin documentation updated!
    – Jason
    Jun 15, 2010 at 0:42
  • Awesome @Jason! Going to try it out again RIGHT NOW
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jun 16, 2010 at 19:58
  • @ivo let me know what you think! it's still in development so there may be some bugs, but i think in general it does the job :)
    – Jason
    Jun 16, 2010 at 20:47
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    @kevin thanks :) see how quickly i was able to respond? wonder why? :D
    – Jason
    Jun 18, 2010 at 18:25
  • @Jason: it does his job well, though I'd love to have it note me on moderator flags and stuff as well... But those aren't include in the API are they?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jun 22, 2010 at 9:55
  • Oh and I'm using it now to keep track of this question too ;-)
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jun 22, 2010 at 9:55
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    This extension rocks. Jun 22, 2010 at 21:46
  • 1
    this extension is AWESOME, could you please add the possibility to track also the question made in the beta stackexchange sites?
    – Marcx
    Oct 31, 2011 at 10:38
  • 1
    There are a lot of things I need to do, but that's a pretty good suggestion! :)
    – Jason
    Jan 16, 2014 at 22:52


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