Unlike notifications for the incoming messages, this number is absolutely POINTLESS. It requires no actual action to perform, yet it jumps in the eye with the same force. I don't like no pointless interface elements, Thank you.
Besides that, what I am supposed to do by noticing it? To race and see which of my answers were rewarded? To cherish such a vanity? Or what?
Update. These two paragraphs above can be considered as two separate feature requests. I am not as far as proposing a second one (though I'd be happy if this number were turned off for all, as it does more harm than good - but it seems the mission impossible). What I am asking is a setting to turn it off.