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In recent months the StackExchange dropdown has been added to the top bar in Stack Overflow et al. Upon opening, the drop down has three buttons at the top: hot questions, all sites, and inbox. Periodically, the inbox button will include a count.

Assumption #1: the count on the inbox button is an "unread messages" count. True?

Assumption #2: the inbox displays questions, answers and favorites. True?

Scrolling through the list of messages in the inbox, I would expect to see some visual indication reflecting the "unread messages" count. That is, if the unread count is 2, I would expect to see 2 messages highlighted in some one (shading, arrow, etc.). But I find nothing of the sort. How does one know which 2 are being referenced?

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The simplest way to think about it is the number of entries in your StackExchange™ SuperCollider MultiDropdown™ inbox that have been added since you have last checked it.

The StackExchange™ SuperCollider MultiDropdown™ inbox is populated by events such as:

  • one or more comment to a post of yours or in reply of a comment of yours.
  • one or more answers to a question of yours.
  • one or more chat mentions from a channel since you last opened the inbox which you haven't dismissed from the chat already.

Favourites do not show up in the SE™SCMD™, but only in the site's StackExchange™ ObsessiveCompulsive RedEnvelope™.

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Needs more trademarks™. – jball Dec 7 '10 at 23:25
@jball: Agreed! – Michael Sorens Dec 8 '10 at 20:44
Very useful answer and now I know the proper name :-). – Michael Sorens Dec 8 '10 at 20:45
Just one more thing: I notice that this is not documented in the common FAQ, so is it documented somewhere else? – Michael Sorens Dec 8 '10 at 20:53

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