Related: Feed for global inbox

I spend a lot of time in chat these days, and only pop over to a site when I have a question, or see something in the feed reader that I want to answer. This sometimes causes my inbox to have lots of replys that I would have liked to see earlier. I don't usually pop out of the chat screen, using the handy sidebar to navigate to different rooms.

Please add a way to access the SE Global Inbox from the chat screen.

  • Came to meta to post this, found this. I completely agree that this would be awesome to have. – DForck42 Sep 27 '11 at 15:39
  • Popped over to suggest this exactly, and found it already existing. It's a great idea and I'd love to see a lot more support for it! – Iszi Nov 26 '11 at 17:57
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    @TomWijsman I'd say the main difference is that I don't want it to refresh, at least not nearly that often. Once an hour would be Ok. – C. Ross Nov 26 '11 at 19:05
  • @CRoss: Isn't your mail inbox sufficient for this? You can let it mail inbox messages in a 3 hours interval. – Tamara Wijsman Nov 26 '11 at 19:10
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    @TomWijsman I'd rather not get yet another e-mail (or five to ten) every day. – C. Ross Nov 26 '11 at 20:15
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    I would like to register my support for this as well, if for nothing more than to bump it. – Kevin Feb 2 '12 at 15:19
  • Really? Still nothing? – Kevin Feb 8 '12 at 16:17

Alternatively, if you wish to have this a bit more integrated with the chat interface, you might be interested in:

ChatterBox - user script that adds inbox integration to Stack Exchange Chat!

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This screenshot is slightly out of date, as it now also displays the item body.


With the advent of API 2.0 we can all use George Edison's StackAlert app to watch the inbox while we're in chat. I know I am!


I also recently made a userscript that can help here, it adds a full top bar to chat rooms:

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With realtime notifications and functional dropdowns:

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And optional chat theme matching:


There already is a way to access global inbox from chat; the global inbox is accessible from all non-chatroom pages in chat:

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    Thanks for the answer Jeff, but I really don't spend much time on the non-chatroom pages in chat. I'll update the question to reflect that. – C. Ross Feb 2 '12 at 20:55
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    That doesn't help when I'm in a chatroom, and I'd still have to refresh it frequently. – Kevin Feb 2 '12 at 20:56

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