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I realize that the notification is there on a hard page refresh, but I would like to avoid refreshing the page to see that I got an answer or comment.

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@Gaurav - some more information needed. What do you mean by Ajax notification? –  Sachin Shanbhag Mar 31 '11 at 6:43
    
@Sachin : I need not to refresh the page to see I got any answer or comment or not. –  Gaurav Mar 31 '11 at 6:46
    
@Gaurav - That feature is already available since it notifies you on top left corner of screen when you get any new answers or comments. ;) –  Sachin Shanbhag Mar 31 '11 at 6:48
    
@Sachin : But It notifies me when I refresh the page. –  Gaurav Mar 31 '11 at 6:51
    
@Gaurav - Oh.. ok, got your point :) –  Sachin Shanbhag Mar 31 '11 at 6:52
    
Sounds like comet/long-polling, which could potentially be very many persistent connections to the server. –  hyperslug Apr 4 '11 at 13:20
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@hyperslug - there is already such polling (every 45 seconds I think) in every question page that alert the user when new answer is posted to the question, or when the question is closed or deleted. So having the polling do some extra work shouldn't really be big burden. :) –  Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 13:22
    
@Gaurav - do you mean "Ajaxify" the global inbox so it will suddenly come to life showing a number all by itself? This can be cool indeed. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 13:24
    
@Shadow Wizard : yes. –  Gaurav Apr 4 '11 at 13:25

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The cost/benefit ratio on this is kind of out of whack.

While we could reduce it on question pages, those are the only ones with a regular poll going on; every other page would gain a new background poller (or long polling, or whatever*).

That's a lot of potential load for marginal gain.

We may revisit this if we find more compelling "polling everywhere" features, since we could piggy-back on those requests. But for now, this is .

*Fetching the number is cheap, the # of connections is the nasty bit w.r.t. scaling.

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Okay. Thanks for your answer. –  Gaurav Apr 5 '11 at 10:55

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