Is it possible to see all the unread messages for the StackExchange network even after one of the unread messages has been viewed? I've noticed that the unread message count in the upper-right corner (circled in red) disappears after clicking just one of the unread messages.

  • I was surprised when I noticed that all of my other inbox notifications disappeared after reading just one of the messages in my inbox. – Anderson Green Jul 29 '12 at 22:06
  • You can see your entire list of messages if you click StackExchange > Inbox – simchona Jul 29 '12 at 22:14
  • Yes, but the unread messages are not clearly marked as such. How can I view all of my unread messages (instead of all recent messages?) – Anderson Green Jul 29 '12 at 22:16
  • Reading one makes them all read – simchona Jul 29 '12 at 22:17
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    Yes, that's the bug that I'm reporting. :/ – Anderson Green Jul 29 '12 at 22:17
  • You can, however, see all the responses on a given site if you visit your profile->responses – simchona Jul 29 '12 at 22:17
  • Does this show ALL the responses, or just the unread messages? – Anderson Green Jul 29 '12 at 22:21
  • It highlights the unread ones. – simchona Jul 29 '12 at 22:25
  • All the global inbox does is keep a tally of how many new messages the system has given you. Then, when you view it, it highlights that many down the list as new and resets the tally to 0. The messages themselves are not marked as "read" and "unread" so there's no way to differentiate. – animuson Jul 29 '12 at 22:56
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    All I do is middle-click the title of the 'unread' notification to open a new tab, read the response (possibly reply if required), and close the tab. The Stack Exchange drop down is still open in my original tab and still highlighted. Personally I don't get more than about 4 notifications at a time, so it's not a big deal for me, but I can see where leaving them unread would be helpful if you constantly have around 30 or so notifications – Robotnik Jul 30 '12 at 0:10
  • This isn't actually a bug (the behaviour is by design), so I'm switching this to just a feature request. – Adam Lear Jul 30 '12 at 5:03
  • It's not really reading that make the number reset, it's opening the Inbox tab of the StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ box. Right now there is no check if you actually click any item. – Shadow9 Jul 30 '12 at 6:31

I am surprised this is still an issue 5 years later. It can be realy annoying sometimes, to double check you have read everything.

I have made a litte mockup, how it could look like:

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Please consider give the user some feedback about what is read and what it is not.

  • Why not just use the blue shading that signals "new message" now? Instead of clearing it from all inbox messages, it could be cleared only from the ones that have been read. – Monica Cellio Jul 29 '18 at 22:23

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