I apparently had 7 new inbox messages, but when I checked there were only two. I thought that maybe there were multiple messages in one or both of the questions, but that wasn't the case. It looks like a bug to me.

I found a previous question about this with no answers: Notification count doesn't match displayed number of notifications

7 new messages - only 2 shown

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I count 7 comments:

6 on Why aren't plants' roots as diverse as leaves?

1 on How can light enter a black hole if it cannot get out?


That makes 7.

In your inbox the messages on the same post are collapsed into 1. That is a feature, not a bug.

  • My bad! Somehow I didn't notice 6 comments all from the same user (why couldn't they have just written one or two longer comments?). I was under the mistaken impression that going to your profile and checking your inbox would show everything. I found it under my Network profile.
    – Cool Fool
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 10:47
  • I say it is a bug, because (A) there's no indication within this dropdown that the notification for the plant root question represents 6 comments instead of 1, and (B) clicking on that notification in the dropdown only reduces the inbox icon's count by 1, not by 6. Commented Jan 20, 2023 at 17:32

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