I'm researching a notification proposition and would like to learn current notification rates for users to see exactly how much burden it is going to be.

But, I don't see anything like "Inbox" in the database schema.

If it's really not there (then recategorize this as ):

Since almost all user's actions are public, and Inbox is but a reflection of them - shouldn't it be publicly accessible, too?


What I specifically need is: how many notifications, on average, a person of a certain tier is currently getting over a time period. (more specifically, it should be tied to their number of comments - but, for a rough estimation, we can assume that is proportional to reputation)

It would be best to get this for a few meaningful points:

  • regular user (a few thousand rep)
  • elite user (a few dozen thousand rep)
  • top user (100+ thousand rep)
  • While most of what appears in the inbox can be found publicly, there are some things that are not public (like mod messages, or chat replies from private rooms).
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 16, 2015 at 18:03
  • Well, I don't mind if only public items are accessible. After all, some fields in publicly-accessible tables are restricted, too (like vote owners). My research's focus is on public actions anyway. Nov 16, 2015 at 18:19
  • As an easy way out, you (or someone else with access) might be able to simply provide me the info I need without disclosing the raw data. It's not like the rates are a trade secret or something. Nov 16, 2015 at 18:22
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    It sounds like what you want there isn't the current rate of notifications, but the # of edits per user per day (or something along those lines). Those should be available in PostHistory.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 16, 2015 at 23:12


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