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I live in Israel, so if someone needs help with questions about Israel I want to help. But I don't want to need to enter the site periodically to check if new questions were posted. Is there a way to get email notifications when a new questions with a favorite tag () appears, so that I could come and answer it (if I can)?

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Yes there is!

Firstly, not directly from Stackexchange. While not an email, you can get a RSS feed.

So for example, the RSS feed for the questions on the main site would be:

https://travel.stackexchange.com/feeds/tag?tagnames=israel&sort=newest

which you could put into your nearest rss subscriber.

Then, IF you do want an email, specifically, you can use a service like FeedMyInbox which you give your RSS links, and it emails you updates from the RSS feeds.

This way, you'll get new questions for Israel sent through to you.

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  • I don't use an rss subscriber, is this the only way?
    – SIMEL
    Jun 24 '13 at 16:59
  • If you read the full answer, you don't need to use an RSS subscriber - that's just if you use one. If you don't, then take the RSS feed address, and using FeedMyInbox give them the RSS and they'll email you when it updates...
    – Mark Mayo
    Jun 24 '13 at 22:26
  • You don't need to go via an RSS feed, email subscriptions to one or more tags on a site is a built in StackExchange feature!
    – Gagravarr
    Jun 25 '13 at 17:15
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Sure, it's possible and fairly easy to do, all within the StackExchange system! I have a few setup, and get emails from StackExchange once a day if there's new questions, none if not.

The thing you're looking for is a "tag subscription" or "filter subscription". If you do a search on the main meta.so site you'll see the instructions for setting it up. (It's not too tricky, but there's sadly not a single click button on a tag page to do it)

To see what filters you currently have defined, and if you're getting emails from them or not, the link is http://stackexchange.com/filters. On your "Network Profile" (link from any specific site profile page) there's a "subscriptions" tab, from which you can setup and alter your email subscriptions to tags.

As for how to do it: Find a question that is tagged with the tag you're interested in. The tag information page isn't the right place to be to subscribe, despite what you might initially think, instead find a tagged question from there. Now, when on a question with the tag you want, mouse over (but don't click!) on the tag. A grey box will pop up. Carefully (otherwise the box goes away), mouse over the subscribe link, and click. Shortly after that, an email will arrive in your inbox asking you to confirm the subscription, with a link to do so. After that, you'll get emails for new questions to the tag! (To check, mouse over it again, and you'll see the link will have changed to unsubscribe instead of subscribe, see below)

To SubscribeTo Unsubscribe

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  • Could you perhaps link to the instructions in your answer? :/ I mean it's great that it exists, but not including it in your answer is only a bit better than telling someone to google it ;)
    – Mark Mayo
    Jun 25 '13 at 23:20
  • The exact interface does seem to vary over time :( So, it may be better to check meta.so for the latest instructions, which are common across all SE family sites, rather than having our own set here that might go out of date
    – Gagravarr
    Jun 26 '13 at 0:03
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    OK, screenshots added with detailed instructions, by popular demand!
    – Gagravarr
    Jul 2 '13 at 21:50

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