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Incredibly, I couldn't find a single, consolidated and up-to-date answer for this question. All I found was people complaining about missing notifications, discussions about changes in the notification system, and questions about @replies.

So here is what I think I know:

  • If I ask a question, I get notified about all comments, on the question or on any answer.
  • If I write an answer, I get notified about all comments on my answer.
  • Otherwise, I'm only notified if the comment contains a @reference to me

Is that really how it works? Do I get automatic notifications in any other situation?

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possible duplicate of How do comment @replies work? – Sathya Mar 10 '12 at 4:03
Thanks. I've seen that answer, but I was hoping for a more straightforward answer to "when do I (or you) get automatically notified of a new comment". For example, I'm including @Sathya here because I'm not sure you'll be notified. I know the answer is somewhere on that link‌​, but I'm just too lazy to find it there right now. That's why I'm asking this, I think we need a separate, simple and clear answer to that simple question. – bfavaretto Mar 10 '12 at 4:15
Really? You're too lazy to read the FAQ and find the answer yourself? – Cody Gray Mar 11 '12 at 1:17
@CodyGray I don't think the FAQ answers this specific question too well, because it focuses on @replies and their syntax. My question here is "I know @replies forces a notification, but when else am I auto-notified?". – bfavaretto Mar 11 '12 at 2:12
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  • On a question, you will receive notifications automatically for comments on the question only, not the answers.
    • One exception is auto generated comments, like closing as duplicate: you will not get notified of such comments.
  • On an answer, you will receive notifications automatically for comments on your answer.
  • On any question or answer, you will receive notification when you are pinged (@name).

Pings are slightly more complex, as they are potentially ambiguous. @name will match the eligible user with a name beginning with name that most recently acted in the thread. The following actions make one eligible for receiving a ping:

  • Commenting on the post.
  • Editing the post.
  • (♦ Mods only) closing a post.

For the rules on writing a ping, refer to the faq.

There is also an automatic / implied ping:

  • If you are the only user to comment on a post, and its author posts a comment without an @notification, you will be notified.
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Thanks a lot! I think it's this last "automatic/implied" ping that was confusing me... – bfavaretto Mar 10 '12 at 16:27
So if I understand correctly (and this also matches my experience), you do not get notified when someone posts an answer to a question you asked? Is there any way to enable this anyway? Sounds like one of the most useful situations for a notification? – Matthijs Kooijman Jun 25 '14 at 10:56
@MatthijsKooijman this question is just about comment notifications. You should get a notification when a question of yours receives an answer. – Kevin Jun 25 '14 at 21:11

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