Sometimes when questions generate a lot of heat, or when a user is inactive for several days notifications can build up in the top bar like so:

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The issue is obviously when the number reaches the double digits, the numbers start to overlap with the "S" in "StackExchange". This was tested in Chrome v. 28. I haven't tested other browsers.

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    Just for fun (that's what you'll actually see when having 999 new items) Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 14:21
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    – asheeshr
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 14:57
  • Down voter care to comment? I hope it isn't based on my post history; that wouldn't be fair.
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 13:49
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    @sha I wish you would start reading some of those mod messages I'm sending you! Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 4:00
  • If you have 25 notifications, you need to visit more often! ;)
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 4:25
  • What's going on? haha. I didn't know mods could send messages to users directly :D
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 4:25
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    @DauhFhauc they can but only as "official warning", usually before suspension - you don't want to get one! :-) Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 6:12

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This should be taken care of with our shiny new top bar and multicollider, one of the major things it addresses is the definite lack of 'real estate' in the top bar.

I'm not sure if putting time into this is really going to pay off, since it's soon going to be replaced.

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    So it's a "will not fix because we're going to replace it soon anyway"? Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 4:54
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    Well, a dev would have to say that but my guess is probably - as the fix is basically replacing it (which also closes other things that can go wonky with it)
    – user50049
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 4:58

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