I like stackoverflow a lot but strangely some things are really counter intuitive. I browsed around the site but I'm not sure if the feature I'm looking for exist.

  • Is there any email notification ?
  • Can you get a really specific rss feed like top question for php / week
  • Is there a blog or something to know when things change and complain about. For example until recently I could click on my user name on top and I could see a quick overview of what's going on in my account + a notification icon was displayed over the username ( I miss this feature)
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    Click on "meta" in the top menu.
    – Brian Roach
    Mar 20 '11 at 7:02
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    meta.stackoverflow.com is the site you want to visit to ask questions about stackoverflow. Mar 20 '11 at 7:02

Is there any email notification ?

There are options for email notifications. You just have to remember to enable them. Go to you profile page by clicking on your name-> find the Prefs Tab button. At the bottom you will find a checkbox for mail notifications.

Is there a blog?

There is a little blog link at the footer section. Updates and upcomings are usually discussed there.

  • Where can I enable mail notifications ?
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 7:13
  • @danip: Please see my edited answer. Mar 20 '11 at 7:18
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    Thanks, that was well hidden
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 7:21
  • I don't think it's working. I activated but not emails.
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 8:02
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    @dani it's only once per day there's no instant email option. For this you have the StackExchange Global Inbox - you'll see number in red circle in the top left of the page when there's new answer to your question or comment on post you made. (Either question or answer) Mar 20 '11 at 8:12
  • @shadow - how should the user know this? I don't think the usability is very good on this one. Also this might be ok for other sites, but for stackexchange should really be 1 hour or so. I guess is hard to send all those emails so I understand.
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 9:18
  • @dani same way like everyone come to know eventually.. by asking and looking for information. :) I believe they have good reason for daily only emails, doubt they'll change it - just stick around every hour or so and you'll see "vital" changes in your SE inbox above. :) Mar 20 '11 at 9:44
  • @Shadow,@dani: Sending updates every now and then will put a lot of stress on the system. Therefore, it's good to just send them at a regular interval(1 day in this case). It will cause less stress on server and easy to implement. Mar 20 '11 at 10:09
  • Also @Shadow, @dani, @Gunner: it's important to remember that Jeff hates email Mar 20 '11 at 14:14
  • @David good catch! This indeed might explain many things. :) Mar 20 '11 at 14:20
  • @Shadow: well, I had to learn something reading that there blog... =] Mar 20 '11 at 14:21

Until recently I could click on my user name on top and I could see a quick overview of what's going on in my account

You mean the Envelope - it was replaced with new GUI as you can read about here.
It's still being refined so please be patient. :)

Not all is lost though, you can still see the page it used to link to: https://stackoverflow.com/users/recent/
However you won't see any notification when there's a change in favorites anymore.

  • Is this page not linked in any way ?
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 8:01
  • Also there was a number displayed over the username. That was a good feature I miss.
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 8:02
  • @dani your reputation amount is now link to your own "Reputation Tab" which display your daily reputation changes - guess that's the closest you can find. What number was over the username? Don't remember such. Mar 20 '11 at 8:15
  • @shadow - it was a number in red circle over the username or the arrow ( i'm not 100% sure which of those 2 ), the number represented the new answers
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 9:20
  • @dani that's the StackExchange Global Inbox I was talking about before, it's not related to the user name it's far to the left of the top menu and it's still working exactly as before. Mar 20 '11 at 9:45
  • @shadow - I understand that but I'm telling you, before the site update the same functionality was applied to the username, at it was a Local status for the current site
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 10:00
  • @dan sorry, I remember only the Envelope that was turning bright yellow when there were changes. :-( Mar 20 '11 at 10:29
  • @shodow - you might be right :), ok so I miss the envelope thing, and I don't like ajax status then.
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 10:35
  • @dani - join the club.... believe me people here tried to fight it. Bottom line, we just have to accept it. :) Mar 20 '11 at 10:38
  • is there a discussion about this specific topic ?
    – johnlemon
    Mar 20 '11 at 11:21
  • @dani - there are several: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/83292/recent-favorite-changes and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/83286/… and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/83270/… feel free to voice your opinion as comment in any of those. Mar 20 '11 at 11:28

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