When your reputation changes on one of the StackExchange websites you now get a nifty little notification on the 'Top bar'.

Top bar reputation notification

Programmers.stackexchange profile screen <-- Will still show the red background color even though I already visited the Rep changing question/answer

( I don't have screens available with the actual green blob on top bar / rep notification on user profile )

My request is, that when you follow up on that 'reputation change event', as in, going to the question / answer that caused the event, by clicking on the link inside the rep dropdown of the topbar, that the reputation change is marked as 'read' on that StackExchange website as well, so that the red background thingie on the Rep tab in user profile is no longer lit up.

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    No, I like having the separate views. Especially when you are active on different SE sites, it is easier to look at an individual profile and see the score increase there for just that site. Nov 18, 2013 at 16:51
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    @MartijnPieters and I like to get the notifications to go away after I've seen the information once. I don't like the site reminding me twice about the same trivial information. The new top-bar shows per-site reputation changes as well.
    – 3ventic
    Dec 10, 2013 at 13:41
  • The achievements drop down shows reputation gained only for today. Dec 10, 2013 at 13:44
  • For me, Stack Overflow gains drown out other sites; the per-site separate tab is enormously valuable to me. Dec 10, 2013 at 13:46
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    I must confess that I am finding it extremely annoying to end up reviewing the same reputation changes twice. If my use of the SE network wasn't so heavily biased toward a single site that I view daily, I might derive more value from the distinction between the notifications in the topbar and my profile (as @Martijn describes), but as things stand this is really getting very frustrating indeed. I BEG of SE developers to take heed and offer some solution. Perhaps a choice? Perhaps topbar doesn't highlight for notifications on the current site? There must be a better solution than this!
    – eggyal
    Dec 15, 2013 at 21:54
  • Devil's advocate here: any reason you can't just ignore one of the two locations if you don't like seeing them twice? The slight yellow highlighting on the profile page is so simple to ignore..
    – mhlester
    Feb 22, 2014 at 0:30
  • @mhlester and how about a red highlighting on an otherwise blue site? It's annoying and you want to click it, even if the only reason is to stop it from highlighting, not to mention times when you're getting lots of upvotes in a short while. It's just pointless to acknowledge them in both places.
    – 3ventic
    Feb 22, 2014 at 0:36
  • @mhlester: I often visit my SO profile (to access, for example, my recent activity) whereupon I see a big notification of new rep updates. I want to clear that notification, as it relates to things about which I am already aware (having previously reviewed them from the top-bar) - but the only way to do it is to click on the "reputation" tab. Certainly I could (and often do) then ignore the ensuing highlighted posts, but that is already an entirely pointless extra click that I needn't have done. Plus it is actually difficult not to give at least a cursory glance over the highlighted posts.
    – eggyal
    Feb 22, 2014 at 10:47
  • I can't describe how depressing it is that no member of the SE team has deigned to comment on this question, let alone provide some sort of answer.
    – eggyal
    Mar 1, 2014 at 0:26
  • @eggyal I'm sure our overlords will come by eventually to grace use with their presence!
    – Willem
    Mar 1, 2014 at 0:34
  • If the bump of a +500 bounty doesn't help, I don't know what will.
    – eggyal
    Mar 1, 2014 at 7:42

1 Answer 1


I propose the following:

Only show the highlighting in the profile if a rep gain/loss gets pushed out of the achievement dropdown before looking at it. Very similar to chat mentions, which only appear in your notifications if not signed as seen by replying or clicking the icon.

This would stop it from annoying you unnecessarily while still ensuring you are informed of your rep changes.

  • I don't know whether this is the "best" solution, but it'd certainly be better than the status quo. +1
    – eggyal
    Feb 22, 2014 at 10:48

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