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When I click on the envelope icon, I see no activity for today. If I then click on yesterday, I see correctly the activity for yesterday. But when I then click on today, I see activity for today that was not there two clicks ago.

I see this in meta and Area 51 (don't have enough recent activity on other sites to know about them).

This is something I can consistently reproduce. I use Firefox (don't know if that is important).

This is probably related to (but not the same as) this defect: Recent Activity Area of my Profile is bugged - “Today” and “Yesterday” sometimes don’t work

Update: here is a directly related issue which I think is a bug: click the envelope icon then click reputation. "Today" will be highlighted but only recent information will be shown. But if you click on "Today", then Today's info will be shown. This is different from the above because, in this case, "Today" is highlighted, implying that info from Today is displayed, which is not the case.

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possible duplicate of Clicking envelope beside username shows fewer recent activities than "today" button –  malach Aug 26 '10 at 11:13
    
Related to: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56451/… –  malach Aug 26 '10 at 11:14
    
Also related to: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/39301/… –  malach Aug 26 '10 at 11:14
    
@Ralph - the accepted answer to the first link says, "There was a really heinous long-standing bug with the replies envelope here that we just fixed." If this is the same, this issue is not resolved. –  Wikis Aug 26 '10 at 12:02
    
@Mark - ignore that part of the answer. The rest of the answer explains exactly what is happening now that the UTC bug has been fixed. Recent is not equal to Today, but only displays activity since last login. The question though is equivalent. –  malach Aug 26 '10 at 12:10
    
@Ralph - aha, thanks. (You reacted fast, thanks - I was distracted by my real work... =:-) ) Mind you, it still means that this bug is not fixed - if Today is highlighted, I expect to read about Today, not since last log in. –  Wikis Aug 26 '10 at 12:13
    
Blimey - another similar issue: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/28393/… –  Wikis Aug 26 '10 at 12:15

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Given the fact that this "bug" is reported countless times, I think that it's fair to assume that the enveloppe's behaviour is not intuitive. If I see a "recent activity" notification, then I'd surely expect to see them once I click the notification and certainly not an empty overview which requires one extra handling. This is plain bad UX.

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UX = user experience –  Wikis Aug 26 '10 at 12:00
    
The SO devvers know that :) –  BalusC Aug 26 '10 at 12:32
    
I contribute there as well and it was new for me. =:-) –  Wikis Aug 26 '10 at 13:08

When you first click on the envelope icon, you're not supposed to see today, you're supposed to see 'recent activity' (search Meta for that exact definition). You have to actually click on 'Today' to get today's activity.

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thank you, I tested your answer and it is correct. Seems weird though, that nothing is selected by default. (I couldn't find the "recent activity" definition.) –  Wikis Aug 23 '10 at 17:30
    
@Mark, I think it's the activity from when you started your session, but I can never remember exactly. –  Lance Roberts Aug 23 '10 at 18:11

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