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Many other StackExchange sites will notify you when there are "questions with new activity". For instance, from math.stackexchange:

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Why does StackOverflow not have this feature?

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marked as duplicate by Robert Harvey Jun 24 '13 at 23:24

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According to this it was intentionally done, but partially considered:

We have also enabled updates on the questions page for the newest and active tabs for all sites except Stack Overflow. If you open a browser to these tabs you will receive instant notifications when new questions are asked or answered.

Stack Overflow has a massive amount of activity so we have decided to limit this feature to tags only. Both the "newest" and "active" tab will have updates after first selecting a tag or tag combination.

So, if you select a tag or a tag combination, you will have that "questions with new activity" shown (just in the "newest" and "active" tab).

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I think this feature exist also on SO, see All Questions - Active tab.

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It doesn't work. You can prove that yourself by opening the active tab on two different pages, and refreshing only one of them. –  Robert Harvey Jun 24 '13 at 23:25
    
Ohh, alright. I see that. –  Ales Plsek Jun 24 '13 at 23:28
    
Well, it does, if you select a tag or tag combination. –  Alejandro Colorado Jun 24 '13 at 23:29

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