I was surprised to see the old "You have 2 new comments. See your responses." top bar when I came to the site earlier today:

Old-style top-bar notification

I don't recall having seen this for some time, with the global inbox having taken over. Also note that it was wrong, I had one new comment, not two. I'd already seen the earlier one. (And I think the global inbox got that right. I think it said "1 new comment" when I clicked it, but I can't be absolutely certain.)

Is the "new comments" top bar still active? Or did something hiccup?

Update: So below, Jeff said that it's still around and has been for a long time. And yet, I almost never see it. Today I came to SO after being away for several hours, using my usual bookmark as I did above. And you can see, the global inbox had SO comments highlighted (it had a red (3) before I clicked it to show them), but no top-bar appeared at all:

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The rules for when it does and doesn't appear would seem to be non-obvious. It certainly seems anomalous.

  • funnily enough, I'm not seeing that bar for badges today. Just got one and didn't get the notification as I used to... (never seen that for comments though).
    – Mat
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 12:41
  • @T.J. Crowder could you hop to chat room for one second please?
    – genesis
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 12:55
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    Yeah, I've seen this recently as well. It doesn't appear for all of my comments, just some of them. I haven't figured out a pattern. Perhaps it's when you haven't visited the site for some time? Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 13:03
  • @Cody: Not in this case. I'd been to the site like half an hour earlier. Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 13:31
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    I noticed this twice, lately. I also noticed that the global inbox doesn't notifies me of all the new comments, or answers, too.
    – apaderno
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 13:48
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    I've seen it on sites I haven't visited lately, where the GI did give me notification, and I saw it there, but never visited the site. I think that's what happens here, you see it in the GI, don't visit, it doesn't clear it on the far site, and then when you do visit, it has the old reminder code still.
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 19:47

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It is still active and has been for a long, long time.

This only appears when you've been away from the site for some time, and drives to the responses tab of your user page which is a slightly different thing.

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    The rules around when it appears would seem to be...non-obvious, as in the case where it showed up above, I'd been away for about 30 minutes or so, whereas I frequently come to SO having been away for hours at a time, and have notifications (for SO) in the global inbox, and no top-bar showing. Can you clarify when it does, and doesn't, appear? Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 21:25
  • And until when will it be?
    – GUI Junkie
    Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 21:34
  • No comment? It doesn't appear to behave as you described. Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 21:52

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