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I'm sorry if I'm the only one who thinks this, but I think the "alert bar" (or whatever it's called - the orange bar that has badge notifications, etc.) on the top of the website is really annoying, because it moves the content of the page up/down. I would much rather see a lower-corner alert (a good example of this is on

I realize this is a preference thing, but just wanted to throw it out there to see if others agreed.

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My alarm clock annoyed me, so i cut out the buzzer. It's much nicer now. But i'm always late for morning meetings. – Shog9 Jun 29 '09 at 17:31
At least it's better than a javscript alert(); box... – dbr Jun 29 '09 at 17:43
"I realize this is a preference thing..." Exactly. Maybe it should be a checkbox on each user's preference page to show alerts or not? – Bill the Lizard Jun 29 '09 at 18:27
That would work for me - It would be a cool feature. Not sure how difficult/time consuming it would be to add, but considering Joel and Jeff are trying to sell this as a platform, it's probably wise to add it now before some client demands it :) – GavinR Jun 29 '09 at 19:52
Seriously, I don't want a reminder to vote on every freakin page I visit at SO. I always vote when appropriate. It's like getting a reminder to breathe (air) . – RyBolt Jul 7 '11 at 17:06

Just click the X and get rid of it. Adding in an entire preference setting and the logic behind it just to save yourself a single click is pretty absurd.

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I'd upvote you, but that takes a single click, which is just too hard. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jun 29 '09 at 16:59

I imagine I would often miss a badge alert if it was off in a corner. I don't see a real problem with it the way it is.

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I see no issue with the bar. It gets your attention like it was designed to do, and it is easy to dismiss.

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I think "attention" here is the key -- You know it is there, so even if the content shifts, you can dismiss the box and move on with your work (or fun). – Frank V Jun 29 '09 at 18:10

There should be an option to disable alerts. I browse from multiple PCs and have to kill the alert multiple times on each PC...for each new response I probably see (and need to close) the alert 4-5 times.

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Well, you are right. I just click on it and it is gone. But putting it in a corner would be an improvement.

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When I click the [x] the bar disappears until I click onto a question. Then it appears again.

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sounds like browser caching issue – Jeff Atwood Jun 30 '09 at 5:39
Actually, it was user error. some fool (me) was using the back button interspersed with my usage. Whenever I hit 'back' the bar would appear again. – devinb Jun 30 '09 at 11:54
But using the back button is a valid way of navigating - I use it all the time. I've learnt to dismiss the notification and refresh the page. – ChrisF Jun 30 '09 at 12:06

How about using the space above the logo and the information bar (with your username) and having it smaller. So it doesn't move the content down (which i think is the worst thing it does)

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Most of the notifications are now delivered to your GlobalInbox


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