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The new dropdown is nice eye candy, but the "envelope" notification had better functionality.

Is there any plans to bring it back as an option perhaps?

Pretty please?

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With the old interface I could tell at a glance that "something" has happened. With 1 click, I could see everything that had changed since the last time I looked.

Now I have to click (or mouseover) to see what happened, then remember what it looked like the last time I saw. It just seems like a bit of a pain just to find out if someone upvoted/commented/answered a post.

If the dropdown had a notification, that something happened, and only showed what happened since the last time, that would be great.

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What functionality exactly are you missing? –  BalusC Mar 21 '11 at 20:20
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"Is there any plans to bring it back as an option perhaps?" No, actually, it seems deadset not to bring it back. Consider instead suggesting improvements to the new system that mimic the features and functionality that you think are missing. –  Grace Note Mar 21 '11 at 20:24
    
It never worked reliably anyway... I say good riddance. –  Lawrence Dol Mar 22 '11 at 5:58

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You're right, we have lost a lot of functionality. This question is a dupe, but they deleted the post it was a dupe of, so you'll have to view a cached copy. There is a greasemonkey script in that question that will give you the envelope back.

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You have to be 10K to get a greasemonkey script? –  Moshe Mar 21 '11 at 21:31
    
@Moshe, you have to be 10k to get see the answer that has the GM script. The link is in the Delete Questions Archive. –  Lance Roberts Mar 21 '11 at 21:35
    
I've added a link to a cached copy of the script. Beware, it'll probably stop working at some point. –  Shogging through the snow Mar 21 '11 at 21:37
    
@Shog9, thanks. –  Lance Roberts Mar 21 '11 at 21:41
    
it did stop working –  JohnEye May 27 '12 at 22:09

If the dropdown had a notification, that something happened, and only showed what happened since the last time, that would be great.

Your user page has this on the tabs, with numeric indicators; look closer. Click through and changes are highlighted.

(and you have direct links to those tabs on the drop-down.)

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The numeric indicators are good, but they don't allow you to 'tell at a glance that "something" has happened': You have to go to your user page first. OK, you can consider this as minor. For me, the major loss of functionality would be if there's no replacement of the "favorites" tab of the /recent page. –  Hendrik Vogt Mar 22 '11 at 9:45

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