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Sometime I get a "You have one new answer" message. But when I click on the envelope, there appears no new answers.

It's not that often, but every now and then I get this message.

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Might have been deleted before you got to it. –  random Aug 7 '09 at 7:47

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It might be an answer from yesterday (in SO time) that is not shown on the "recent" page anymore. Click on "yesterday" (or even earlier) to see it.

Edit: Now that I find this old answer of mine, I have to say that I have experienced similar quite often.

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That's not it; I posted a more detailed dupe at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/44158/… and got linked here. –  romkyns Mar 26 '10 at 15:38
    
@romkyns: I know, I was the one who linked you. You should add your info as an answer to this post, so all reports concerning the same (possible) bug are in one place. –  balpha Mar 26 '10 at 15:41

Or you could have already seen the "new" answers. There's a delay between any new answers and the system flagging the new answer. One could have looked at the new answers and it would still be flagged later.

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As Shog9 says here, it was an issue with new edits being grouped with new answers - this has been fixed.

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