Currently, users with an account get informed of upvotes to their answers via a small green rectangle reporting the number of such upvotes in the topbar. Clicking on it displays a pop-up window with links to the upvoted answers. The only way I know of to clear the upvote indicator is to click on it.
This makes for an interface which forces certain moves on the user.
Could there be a configuration in the user profile to allow the user to completely suppress this indicator of reputation points upvotes?
Also the pop-up window would serve rather to indicate which questions (among those to which the user contributed either by asking or by answering or possibly commenting) received new activity: activity such as an edit of the question, or a new answer, or an edit to an old answer, or perhaps even new comments to the question or the answers.
The reported information would become completely independent of the upvotes.
The user would go click there only as way to keep track of changes to what he/she contributed to.
The only testimony to reputation points changes would be in the total reputation points the user sees underneath his/her account name. Next time I will ask a way to suppress that too ;-)
As per request in comments:
The benefit to the user was already clearly expressed above: stop being forced to be informed of upvotes.
The benefit to the site would be to create a more adult and saner relationship with its contributors.
Also moved from comments:
The upvote indicator could display the green rectangle only on hover event.