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When another moderator sends a direct user message, the notification appears for all other moderators as a dropdown alert. This is somewhat distracting, and also impossible to get back to once it's closed. I feel like this type of alert makes more sense for moderators as a global inbox notification, since it's more of a "you should read this message" inbox type item. For users on the receiving end, it should probably be both a global inbox notification and a dropdown message, to ensure that they receive it.

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You know you can get back to it once that's closed, just from the mod menu – jcolebrand Jun 30 '11 at 4:13
I know, but the user can't get back to it, hence the suggestion that it show up in both for them. – nhinkle Jun 30 '11 at 4:17
I was not aware of that. – jcolebrand Jun 30 '11 at 4:19

The users also typically get an email -- you know, a real, physical email in their email inbox -- and that contains the text with a link to the moderator message URL, so I'm not sure I can agree with this.

It is the default option when sending a moderator message.

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I believe @Nhinkle asks for a Global Inbox option for moderators so that it's not lost.. (perhaps lost is the wrong word since you can go and fetch it again) rather than the end user. – Sathya Jun 30 '11 at 9:12
@sathya I beg to differ, see above comment "I know, but the user can't get back to it, hence the suggestion that it show up in both for them" – Jeff Atwood Jun 30 '11 at 9:23
I'm asking for both: I feel like this type of alert makes more sense for moderators as a global inbox notification. – nhinkle Jun 30 '11 at 14:19
@JeffAtwood any possibility of reconsidering this request? It's a message, so really it should show up in one's inbox - inboxes are for messages, right? I understand they can an email as well, but that doesn't mean the format for delivery on-site can't be adjusted as well. Is there any reason not to have it be both? – nhinkle Nov 7 '11 at 4:57
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As per Moderator message notifications should be red in the global inbox for those involved, this has now been implemented as a "notification" (not an inbox message), and will be changed to a proper inbox message soon.

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When I logged in today I could swear I saw a moderator message appear right before Firefox died loading another page*.

I don't know what it was. I can't find anything in my inbox which would generate such a message. Perhaps it was a badge notification or a notice on an open bounty? or?

But I don't see any recent badges that I didn't already know about. My bounties still have a few days to go...?? (and haven't generated much interest anyways...)

It would be awesome if there was some simple way just to keep a record of which notifications I recently should've seen barring the gamma ray burst which just hosed my browser...

Note: This doesn't have to be a queue, it could simply be listed in the profile under activity as a separate sub-tag system notifications (or perhaps simply system).

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