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What does the star button do on Github's gist section?

For example: https://gist.github.com/1372818

I have three buttons in the headline, they are:

edit - download - (un)star

With the last one changing from star to unstar as I click on it.

At first I thought it was an upvote system. But I can star my own code, and it doesn't mention some star appearing elsewhere.

The next idea was a favorites icon or a bookmark. I can select "starred gists" but the page came up even before I starred it.

The Github help didn't have anything about "star", and the search box is for searching in code and in pages - not to search the help pages of github::gist.

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It's for you to keep track of gists that have made you smile or caught you off guard and you want to have a list of them stored at Github.

It is just like a bookmark system. You mark a star on a gist you find interesting or like and then you can find them at a glance under your account at starred gists.

The link to your starred gists will be there for your account, but if you have nothing, it will simply prompt you to create a new gist. One that you may star yourself.

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I starred a gist but it's not appearing for me... not sure if this functionality is broken, or changed. Right now I see a list of random gists that I have not even looked at before. – Populus Jan 20 '14 at 20:09

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