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Man, that notifications area, whenever there's something there, I'm jumping with glee. I've got a badge, whoop (okay, maybe a little excessive rejoice, but hey).

Now, today I got a notification, but sadly, it was just an edit suggestion :(. Should it really be there? Items of a similar ilk are usually shown in the inbox are they not?

If it's going to stay, at least give it a badge? Maybe a Someone fixed your crap because you talk nonsense, approve it through gritted teeth badge :).

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Sure it should be there. It's a notification, not a comment reply. It's not a human sending you a message, it's the system notifying you something happened that you maybe want to know about. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 24 '13 at 22:06
    
@MartijnPieters But it's a response to something you did in a question, is it not? It is far more similar to that of items in the Inbox than it is to items in the notification area (they're just badges?) –  mattytommo Jan 24 '13 at 22:07
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It's not called the 'badges' box. It's the notifications box. A suggested edit on your post is a courtesy notification from the system. Note that for certain common bronze badges, the system does not notify you anymore when you are deemed 'experienced' (multiple accounts with a minimum rep amount) either, because that would be notifying you too much. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 24 '13 at 22:08
    
@MartijnPieters Hmm, so why doesn't a person answering your question appear in the notifications box? –  mattytommo Jan 24 '13 at 22:09

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The inbox is for direct answers to your comments or your questions, plus Careers 2.0 messages. It's for messages from humans.

The notifications box is for messages from the system. In that box you get messages if you gained a badge, but also if you gained a privilege, if a post of yours was migrated to another site and, as you discovered, a notification that one your posts has been edited or that a suggested edit has been made (inviting you to review the suggested edit).

You seem to be under the misunderstanding the notifications box is only for badges; the box contains far more than just badge-earned messages.

You can access inbox messages in your global inbox at any time, but the notifications are aggregated from different places and cannot be found in one place once scrolled from view. Notifications are meant to be transient.

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