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I've noticed in the past few hours that comment replies are not causing the notification red dot & number to show up. However, on my account page, the red square counter on the Responses tab does show up, and after clicking on the Stack Exchange button and going to my inbox, I see the comment reply there.

I haven't noticed / checked yet whether this is occurring with any other class of events that normally creates a notification red dot. (Edit: I just got the Civic Duty badge on TeX.SE, and the pale blue dot notifying of a new badge is working for me.)

Is anyone else seeing similar behavior?

I'm using Chrome 26.0.1410.64 m on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

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It is working for me (using Chrome) –  juergen d May 20 '13 at 11:57
    
Really? It works for me (just commenting to give you a test case). –  Daniel Fischer May 20 '13 at 11:57
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Thanks for the test :) I can confirm that neither of the two comments above made a notification red dot, but do show up in the inbox. –  Zev Chonoles May 20 '13 at 11:58
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Did you expand the global inbox in some other tab/browser? Then the red dot won't be shown any more, because the messages will automatically be marked as "read". –  Rob W May 20 '13 at 19:07
    
@RobW: Aha, I think that's it! I had a massive number of tabs open and one of them had the inbox expanded. I've checked that the inbox is closed everywhere now. Could you post another comment so I can confirm it's working now? –  Zev Chonoles May 20 '13 at 19:30
    
@ZevChonoles I believe that it's working. I have experienced it myself too often. –  Rob W May 20 '13 at 19:31
    
@RobW: Indeed, it's working now. Thanks for your help! Please feel free to post an answer. –  Zev Chonoles May 20 '13 at 19:32

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You've expanded the global inbox in one of your opened Stack Exchange tabs, causing notifications to be marked as read. Close this box, and the healthy red dot will show up again.

It would make sense if the messages are not fetched when the tab is currently inactive. The Page Visibility API (have a look at this answer) can be used for this purpose (did I hear a Feature request?).

PS. You might like my Real-time Desktop notifications for your SE inbox extension (Chrome/Firefox).

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I was able to immediately see that you posted an answer because I am getting my notifications now :) Thanks again! –  Zev Chonoles May 20 '13 at 19:43
    
Shameless and blantant self promotion. I love it. ;). –  Matt May 20 '13 at 19:49

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