Just noticed this here on Meta:

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Cool, any details? Could not find any status-completed questions mentioning this. :)

This message appears all by its own after I leave the browser open for some minutes (~5) and coming back. Clicking the message is displaying the new question, same result as reloading the page.

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    Phantom feature...
    – Lix
    Feb 27, 2012 at 8:50
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    I'm not really sure how cool this is; what useful information does it really convey? Which 1 question is it that has new activity? Is the text a link to the question? And is it by chance referring to a question that you have favorited? I don't see it on my home page... :-( Feb 27, 2012 at 8:50
  • @Cody sorry, wasn't clear in my description.. see my edit. Feb 27, 2012 at 8:56
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    Ah, indeed. I can reproduce this now. We're just like Twitter. And YouTube. Feb 27, 2012 at 9:22
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    @Cody and Facebook.. Feb 27, 2012 at 9:23
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    @ShaDowWizArd Please don't say the F word on Meta.
    – user50049
    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:17
  • I don't see the message. :(
    – apaderno
    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:44
  • @kiamlaluno just leave the home page open on the active tab and leave - if you come back after enough time you should see it. The counter might "reset" if you browse other pages in the site, even from different tabs or browser.. Feb 27, 2012 at 12:32

2 Answers 2


We are testing pushing new updates to the homepage via web sockets as they happen here on Meta only for the moment. Both the inbox notifications and new activity will occur without the need to constantly refresh. As soon as we can prove this works here on meta we will roll it out to the rest of the network.

  • Cheers! Looking good so far, you got any estimation when it will be rolled out? :) Feb 27, 2012 at 15:32
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    Will that also work for the flag count? Feb 27, 2012 at 15:48
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    eeek you added a cheese!
    – Jin
    Feb 27, 2012 at 15:49
  • I'd especially be interested in the flag count, like @Fabian said.
    – studiohack
    Mar 1, 2012 at 2:42
  • @Geoff - Just noticed this on Electrical Engineering. I take it that it's been rolled out to the rest of the network? Mar 11, 2012 at 18:43
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    @KevinVermeer we have rolled this out to all of the network sites except for Stack Overflow. There are more changes coming as well related to updating real time. Mar 11, 2012 at 23:07

Considering this:

was marked as recently - I'm guessing it just got rolled out to Meta :-)

  • I've not noticed this on other sites, so I guess they're testing it on MSO first.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:38
  • @ChrisF yes, I meant Meta-only - added that :) Feb 27, 2012 at 10:39
  • Yeah, Geoff (who is a developer, not mere moderator) marked it this way but never got back to my comment to explain.. 20 days later we now see this - no coincidence! Feb 27, 2012 at 11:12

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