When another moderator sends a direct user message, the notification appears for all other moderators as a dropdown alert. This is somewhat distracting, and also impossible to get back to once it's closed. I feel like this type of alert makes more sense for moderators as a global inbox notification, since it's more of a "you should read this message" inbox type item. For users on the receiving end, it should probably be both a global inbox notification and a dropdown message, to ensure that they receive it.
The users also typically get an email -- you know, a real, physical email in their email inbox -- and that contains the text with a link to the moderator message URL, so I'm not sure I can agree with this.
It is the default option when sending a moderator message.
As per Moderator message notifications should be red in the global inbox for those involved, this has now been implemented as a "notification" (not an inbox message), and will be changed to a proper inbox message soon.
When I logged in today I could swear I saw a moderator message appear right before Firefox died loading another page*.
I don't know what it was. I can't find anything in my inbox which would generate such a message. Perhaps it was a badge notification or a notice on an open bounty? or?
But I don't see any recent badges that I didn't already know about. My bounties still have a few days to go...?? (and haven't generated much interest anyways...)
It would be awesome if there was some simple way just to keep a record of which notifications I recently should've seen barring the gamma ray burst which just hosed my browser...
Note: This doesn't have to be a queue, it could simply be listed in the profile under activity as a separate sub-tag system notifications (or perhaps simply system).