Favourites click area UX issue

Pretty simple.

When hovering over the counter of favourites, the yellow star is highlighted, indicating that a click will perform the action. This is not the case. Clicking the counter text does not perform the favourite action. Only clicking the star does. Why have the hover effect for the star on the counter text if it’s not going to perform the action that usually is performed when the star has its’ hovered appearance?

There are plenty of these I have noticed across the site. Another is on the friends page, if you hover over the box, the shadow will thicken, but you need to click on their actual profile picture to visit their profile.