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SE should give a beeping audible notification for updates:

  • when your question page gets a comment (to your question or other's answers)
  • when someone comments with @yournanme to your comment
  • when someone gives you an answer
  • when someone votes up or down
  • when someone answers your question
  • when someone stars your question

It could be like a MIRC beep.

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If this was implemented, there better be a way to turn it off. For some people, it would be an endless song. –  Mysticial Oct 10 '12 at 22:28
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And it should default to off. But really, no. –  Al E. Oct 10 '12 at 22:48
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Sounds on a website are an abomination. This is the absolute last thing we need. –  meagar Oct 10 '12 at 23:54
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Not to mention that I often have about 30 Stack Overflow tabs open. Sure would be fun for 30 tabs to be generating beeps. –  meagar Oct 10 '12 at 23:55
    
"SE should give a beeping audible notification for updates" No. No, it really shouldn't. If you want such an abomination to exist, create it on your own time, and keep it far, far away from me. –  Jack Maney Nov 17 '12 at 11:45
    
@meagar I disagree - Facebook notification sounds can be very useful whenever you're trying to keep track of a conversation. –  Anderson Green Mar 28 '13 at 4:09
    
@AndersonGreen Really not helping your case by trying to draw parallels between Stack Overflow and Facebook. –  meagar Mar 28 '13 at 14:01

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I think the problem with this suggestion is that the speed in which a question is resolved is not necessarily instantaneous. Posts may take hours, days or even weeks to be resolved. In such a case, having an audible notification system is simply not feasible. Sure this is not always the case, but when implementing a feature like this, one has to take into consideration all possible consequences...

A feature like this would be much better suited to a chat like area and believe it or not, there is already a system like this in place on the chat servers. Communications there are meant to be faster than the usual

  • post a question
  • receive a comment requesting more information
  • answer the comment
  • edit the question
  • get an answer
  • comment on the answer requesting clarification
  • etc...

Another thing to note here (speaking only for myself), is that people might not be 100% focused on the site the whole time that they are here. They might be at work, multi-tasking (as we do) and alt+tabing through multiple browser tabs only returning to Stack Overflow every so often to check for updates. So they might not want to be interrupted by a bleep every time someone mentions their name.

Oh, so you're on Stack Exchange?

Let me sing you the song of my people...

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" So they might not want to be interrupted by a bleep every time someone mentions their name." Only in Russia would the internet censor or bleep everytime someone mentioned your name :) –  Chris Okyen Oct 10 '12 at 23:13
    
^ Russia on censorship laws. –  Chris Okyen Oct 10 '12 at 23:15
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@chr - I'd jump on board with this suggestion if the sound would be this :P –  Lix Oct 10 '12 at 23:15
    
If the notification sound could be toggled on and off, then this would certainly be a useful feature. –  Anderson Green Mar 28 '13 at 4:08

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