I haven't gotten a new activity pop-in for a while. Not sure when this started.

I don't usually use SO but I went over there because I know that they have constant new activity and I still am not getting the notices. If you see in the screen shot below, I'm pretty sure that SO hasn't gone five minutes without activity in a while... particularly not at this time of day. But, no new activity pop-in.

SO Recently active Screen Grab

The Alpha Two post says this:

Real-time notifications

Most tabs should have real-time notifications now, including the "need answers" pages, and pages filtered by tags (with "any" or "all")

But I'm not sure if the new activity notices are what the post is talking about.

I'm trying to determine if this is a bug or if it's just me.

Just for my info, I'm using FF 30.0.5 for OSX.

  • Can you get the notifications if you filter by a tag?
    – hichris123
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 1:01
  • @hichris123 No clue. I don't ever do that.
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 1:05
  • The reason I ask is the previous behavior was to never show the notification if you weren't filtering by a tag or something since Stack Overflow is so big (they didn't want so many notifications).
    – hichris123
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 1:09
  • @hichris123 Ah, I see. So there's no way to know whether it not showing up on SO is related to the New Nav. Unfortunately, I don't have a way as obvious of showing the behavior here on MSE.
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 1:11
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    I just tried it when filtering by a tag... no notification when there was another question asked with the tag. So... I don't think it's working.
    – hichris123
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 1:15
  • Me too. Cross meta in MSO, wrongly marked as status-completed. Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 15:10
  • I have opted out of the new navigation because of this single issue. I consider it a breaking change to not receive updates on tags that I am watching. I realize there are a couple status-complete posts on this already, but feedback on those (plus this post) indicates it's not complete.
    – Andy
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 15:11
  • @Andy you had more patience than I did... I opted out because searching inside a tag became much more complicated, and judging from what I see I'm afraid of the day when it will become live. Maybe new users will enjoy it, but for long time users, it will just break tons of stuff. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 7:48

2 Answers 2


There were a couple of bugs. Now it works everywhere except the unfiltered homepage of stack overflow. You will need to choose a tag (or a filter, like "unanswered") to receive notification.

This is disabled even on the old version of the site: it would be a lot of load on our servers for little gain, as the updates are too many to humanly follow.

  • Thanks! I noticed it was working here yesterday and was glad to see it in progress.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 0:45

I can confirm this being a bug:

  • When filtering on all tags: broken, update 30-06: it works!
  • When filtering on recommended: broken, update 30-06: not able to test
  • When filtering on favorite tags: it works!
  • When filtering on custom tags: broken, update 30-06: it works!

Also look here for a case that supports this being a bug, it is marked completed, but that can't be confirmed yet by community members.

To me this is an important feature. If it isn't implemented in the new navigation, I would rather keep the old one.

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    that's my post, and I believe it's tagged wrongly as status completed. Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 15:18
  • Filtering on the custom tags works currently.
    – nicael
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 16:10
  • @SouravGhosh: Can you confirm the above working? Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 7:46
  • @PH Real-time update with Custom tag using C works for me now, i receive the notification. :-) Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 7:54
  • Nice. I have no site where the recommended is activated and working. Do you have one? To confirm it works too. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 7:54
  • Sorry, I never tried to use the "recommended" as such. However, just now, I tried filleting on recommended. I received notification for C tag, whereas in other tab, i don't get any update for "recommended" filter. That's all I can contribute. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 8:03

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