the title of this post is a misnomer but that is what i thought when i first encountered the problem.
i use xmarks to sync web bookmarks in firefox across different computers. i also happen to use stumbleupon to discover new sites, but i do not use stumbleupon as my bookmark manager. for my bookmarking needs i really use google bookmarks and the gmarks firefox addon.
for many days now i used to log in to my stumbleupon account through their webpage as i did not have the stumbleupon firefox addon for some reason. but these stumbleupon guys kept pestering me with frequent messages asking me to install the addon, also i upgraded to firefox version 3.6.2 and upon upgrading i was automatically taken to the mozilla webpage where i saw the stumbleupon advert which sort of sold the idea of the addon to me. so i installed it and began stumbling…
i noticed that when i favorited a web url in stumbleupon xmark automatically added the site to its favourite … now this was puzzling to me but i could not locate the connection between stumbleupon and xmarks.
vexed with the ongoing situation i posted a question over at stumbleupon’s forum hosted at getsatisfaction.com and simultaneously sent an email to the xmarks guys. well thanks to the power of communities a helpful post at the stumbleupon user forum solved my problem. thanks Gladsdotter 🙂
turns out that there was no unholy alliance between stumbleupon and xmarks. there is a feature in stumbleupon addon that also dumps the favourited url to the firefox booksmarks folder …. and that is why xmarks picks up the favourited url for syncing with other computers.
all i had to do was to do this:
Go to StumbleUpon toolbar > Tools > Toolbar Options > Search & Tagging and then uncheck “Save favorites & tags to a Firefox bookmark folder”
so you see it was not xmarks fault at all.