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I have noticed that when I leave comments on a question and someone votes it up, I do not get a notification. If the upvote count would at least be more than 5, I would expect to be notified since that leads to a badge.

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    Is it really important to be notified in case of a comment upvote? I don't see the point...
    – Pekka
    Dec 2 '12 at 19:04
  • @Pekka: I'm sure you do. +1 Dec 2 '12 at 19:08
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    Please no, that would be far too much noise. Well, for others. Nobody ever upvotes my comments. Still though, comments aren't really all that important within SO/SE and I don't need to get notified each time someone simply thinks it's a good comment.
    – Bart
    Dec 2 '12 at 19:08
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    @Pekka You mean aside from social validation of my witty remarks? Though I guess we already have a badge for that
    – Ben Brocka
    Dec 2 '12 at 19:08
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    If you are going for Pundit badge you can check your upvoted comments like this: api.stackoverflow.com/1.1/users/751527/comments?sort=votes&min=5
    – juergen d
    Dec 2 '12 at 19:14
  • @pekka, I expect it to notify if the vote count more than 5. Since it leads to a badge. Dec 2 '12 at 19:33
  • Please stop posting if you people think this question is not a question. I have already flagged it to close. thank you for this much downvotes. I just ask for clarification and it was just my expectation. Dec 2 '12 at 19:35
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    Why would we have to stop posting? And sometimes on Meta downvotes are used to indicate disagreement with an idea, rather than that your question is a bad one. Don't worry about it. Meta rep won't buy you anything anyway. And there's no need to close this question.
    – Bart
    Dec 2 '12 at 19:36
  • Well from now i am not interested in buying one if asked for :) Dec 2 '12 at 19:39
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    Oh wait, you guys didn't get notified that I upvoted your comments, so I'm leaving this comment to let you know that I upvoted your comments. Mmmkay? Dec 10 '13 at 2:17
  • <sarcasm>Aaaaand I'm out.</sarcasm> :-) +1 by the way Dec 10 '13 at 2:29
  • @juergend That beautiful line seem to not work anymore. Is there a way to update it to the new api?
    – Antonio
    May 25 '16 at 8:04
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Comments are not first class citizens:

  • you can't downvote them.
  • only moderators can edit them and there is no edit trail left.
  • you won't get any reputation for the comments.
  • you won't get any notification if a comment is changed.

The reason for this is this is a Question and Answer site. Comments are a way to comment or ask for clarification.

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    I would however like a nice way to see if any of my comments get upvoted, even if that means just showing a number on my comments in the activity tab. Dec 2 '12 at 21:29
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Stack Overflow does not provide this feature, probably because most would consider that notification to be overkill. I agree with that decision. Comments get upvoted a lot.

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    So make it opt-in.
    – cowlinator
    Feb 8 '20 at 1:59
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    Or, if not a notification, at least there should be a section or link on my profile/account page to such information.
    – cowlinator
    Feb 8 '20 at 2:00
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Comment notifications would be noisy for most users as noted in other answers, but if your goal is to track those badges, you could use a SEDE query. SEDE data is refreshed weekly, so this won't be completely up to date, but for long-haul badges like Pundit, it's still helpful.

Besides, when you get that badge, aren't you a little curious about which comments were popular? Instead of digging through notifications one upvote at a time, just ask the data.

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