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Normally, when a user edits one of my posts, I receive a notification like on the following depending on the case

  1. User has editing privilege (click to visit revision)

    first

  2. Users' edit is submitted to review queue (click to visit review queue)

    second

The above notifications were received instantaneously (or less than 30 minutes, in case caching is supposed to be the answer) as the edit was done/suggested.

But I did not receive any such notification today (yet) on an edit made on my post here. I think it is a possible bug and should be looked at. The recent notifications list I have is shown below:

not. list

  • What does stackoverflow.com/users/1190388/… show? – Martijn Pieters Oct 21 '13 at 0:43
  • @MartijnPieters Yeah. The revision history does show the edit being made. – hjpotter92 Oct 21 '13 at 0:48
  • Does a browser cache clear help here? Most likely the global inbox isn't being reloaded. – Martijn Pieters Oct 21 '13 at 0:50
  • @MartijnPieters Nope. I didn't receive a notification on \@animuson editing the meta post either. – hjpotter92 Oct 21 '13 at 0:52
  • Minor edits don't get notifications. I think animuson's edit on this post is considered minor. – FDinoff Oct 21 '13 at 1:08
  • Note that the top one says "Code in your answer..." - it might not have detected any code changes in animuson's edit, therefore not notifying you of the edit. – Qantas 94 Heavy Oct 21 '13 at 1:20
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In order to reduce noise sent to users, we only notify when "substantive" changes are happening on their posts.

There are a few rules in how "substantive" is defined, but typically one of the following should be enough to trigger a message:

  • edit to a question title
  • the edit in the post body should be over a threshold
  • the edit in code sections should be over another threshold

The threshold varies from site to site. Retagging only is not considered "substantive" hence will not send notification.

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    What about tags only or title only edit? – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Oct 21 '13 at 13:08
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    Is it possible to enable all notifications manually through some settings? – user219322 Dec 22 '13 at 13:47
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    Do such edits still push the edited post on to the front page? – terdon Jun 13 '15 at 16:54
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    Do edits only to the title cause a notification? (Always? Only over some threshold?) Titles are pretty important and even a few characters can be significant, so I'm wondering what the rules are for those. (I've definitely had the meaning of a title be changed without the edit triggering a notification, but it was long-enough ago that I don't remember the specifics.) – Monica Cellio Jun 14 '15 at 3:33
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    Sklivvz: I'm unclear on how to cast a vote on this: yes, your answer clearly explains what's happening, but no, I don't like it (at all). How to proceed? Ask a new question for a feature request to make this a user setting? – Fabby Sep 26 '15 at 19:30
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    Scaling up websockets is a big issue. At the moment we have around 400,000 open websockets, typically, so what seems like a small change is effectively a pretty big amount of more load that we would be pumping there. There are other better things we can do with any extra capacity we can spare... – Sklivvz Sep 26 '15 at 19:34
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    Really would like to receive these notifications. Now I feel like I need to recheck all my posts for bad < threshold edits. – Jason C Sep 5 '16 at 7:44
  • @JasonC, it seems like that should be a pretty simple Data Explorer query to set up. I don't have time at the moment, but something about owneruserid = (me) and owneruserid != lasteditoruserid, and you could even throw in a join to the users table and check for low reputation editors. (If you write one, please post it as an answer here and, if you wouldn't mind, ping me!) :) – Wildcard Oct 17 '17 at 5:57

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