A very nice feature for Stack Overflow (and other Stack Exchange sites) would be to indicate the number of notifications (if any) in the browser tab like seen on Facebook:

Facebook notification in browser tab

Of course that would require automatic update if content has changed. Some kind of 'push-notification' which would be a nice feature as well.

  • That already happens when on the homepage/new questions lists and new questions come in. Can't see how your request can be accommodated... the one exception is Stack Overflow.
    – Oded
    Jul 17, 2012 at 19:52
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    @Oded: For example, (Q|I|N) Stack Overflow, where Q is the number of new questions, I the number of inbox items and N the number of notifications.
    – Dennis
    Jul 17, 2012 at 19:57
  • Unless, @Oded, Does the X questions with new activity feature have to change the page title? is implemented first :-)
    – Arjan
    Jul 17, 2012 at 19:58
  • @Arjan - You mean un-implemented ?
    – Oded
    Jul 17, 2012 at 19:59
  • @Oded, yeah, well, if the feature request is implemented then the notification is un-implemented indeed.
    – Arjan
    Jul 17, 2012 at 19:59
  • I've up-voted this, because I agree it would be useful, but I will admit I hesitated. Only because there are so many other more important bugs / features to work on.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jul 17, 2012 at 20:23
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    This would be great with HTML5 Browser Push notifications
    – JoePasq
    Apr 18, 2014 at 13:24

2 Answers 2


You might like the StackAlert extension for Google Chrome, which does this in a little icon off to the edge of your screen:

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  • Yes it's a good extension but it takes about 5 min before being notified... The SE inbox is instantly updated (using RSS feeds is even slower, at least to my experience). I hope they will make such features, it's really missing
    – MagTun
    Oct 9, 2014 at 10:05

Per this question, a user script was created to help draw attention to notifications even when the tab isn't in focus. It changes the page title to include the 'unreadCount' from the StackExchange SuperCollider.

Here you can find the script.

I use tampermonkey to run the script as recommended in this question

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