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After receiving this comment, I discovered that there's a reputation requirement for realtime notification updates: Using my Sock Puppet, I checked that 90 reputation is not sufficient.

  • What is the (reputation) requirement for realtime updates using Web Sockets?
  • What's the motivation for this requirement (including the rep. threshold)?

EDIT: I did not test properly. 90 rep worked fine.

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Good catch.. maybe Established User? The motivation is obvious, to reduce server load. Millions of live connections are HUGE burden on any server. Edit: well, 101 reputation are enough, used account on other site. Are you sure that with your sock puppet account you don't get web socket connection? How did you check it? – Shadow Wizard Nov 19 '12 at 13:07
    
@ShaWizDowArd I just tested again, and 90 rep worked fine. I put the wrong user ID in my extension. I had to use 2055992 (the SE ID (I probably used the Stack Overflow user ID). – Rob W Nov 19 '12 at 14:15
    
So I would say now for 90% of certainty that 10 reputation points are needed, being part of the new user restrictions. :) – Shadow Wizard Nov 19 '12 at 14:25
    
You should rename your Sock Puppet to Socket Puppet – ypercubeᵀᴹ Nov 20 '12 at 0:05
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There is no reputation requirement for Web Socket notifications. I verified this by finding a one-rep user, and put his ID in the Desktop Notifications for Stack Exchange extension.

Then, I pinged this user... ...and saw a desktop notification. From which I conclude that web sockets are available for anyone.

I can also confirm that real-time inbox notifications (at the site) should be available at 90 rep. Probably earlier.

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