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I had a notification on my mobile of 6 inbox notifications, and both on it and PC, it showed 6. However, when I clicked on it, it expanded to...3 notifications.

6 inbox notifications

Perhaps spam answers and comments were shown in the amount of notifications, but not when expanded? I recently has a question that became a "Hot Network Question" and it attracted spam replies.

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    I disagree that this is a dupe, though tags are partly to blame here. This question seems to be asking why it happens, while the other argues that it shouldn't. – Monica Cellio Jul 15 '18 at 20:34
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    But the linked question provides the answer: "After looking into the notifications, it appears that what happened is that the notification list merged multiple comment notifications into a single notification." – Glorfindel Jul 15 '18 at 21:02
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I've seen this happen when there are multiple new comments on the same post -- the counter has the correct total, but the expansion lists each post only once.

It can also happen if the things you were being notified of were deleted, though usually the number syncs up eventually.

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    Can you put this answer on the duplicate question? The dupe has no answers. – Zackary supports Monica Jul 15 '18 at 20:29
  • @Zackary I'm not sure this is actually a dupe. Your questions asks why it happened; the other questions says it happens, suggests a reason (overlapping my answer), and then argues that it shouldn't. I think your question should be support and not marked as a dupe. – Monica Cellio Jul 15 '18 at 20:33

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