I like the desktop notification functionality, but it is rather inconvenient to have the notification popping up on my screen and not being able to click it (to go to the chat).

Can we have GMail-like notifications for chat, in which the chat window will focus upon clicking it?

thanks to sathya for pinging me

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    I dont understand the request.... – Naftali aka Neal Jul 21 '11 at 15:21
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    You mean the HTML5 notifications? I wasn't aware they supported custom click actions, I figured the browser decided what to do when you click on it – Michael Mrozek Jul 21 '11 at 15:33
  • @Neal look at my question. I think you'll get what he means – genesis Jul 21 '11 at 15:34
  • @Neal I have updated the question – user161944 Jul 21 '11 at 15:42
  • @bckbck -- ok now i get it ^_^ – Naftali aka Neal Jul 21 '11 at 15:45

It would be fine.

He's talking about "Desktop notification in chat", which popups small windows (like ICQ) when someone @mentions you.

But when this notification popups, you have to manually go to browser & search between tabs to find your chat room, which is pretty hard in mess like

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mine. So I'm with your idea

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    Wouldn't it be easier to just...not do that? Why would you have 100 tabs open in a single window? – Michael Mrozek Jul 21 '11 at 15:40
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    @Michael: As someone mentioned here "That is an issue to some regardless of how you, specifically, navigate Stack Overflow." – genesis Jul 21 '11 at 15:42

Clicking the notification will now open/show/focus the chat window that generated the notification. Note that if you have multiple tabs/windows open with chat rooms, the choice of which tab to focus may seem rather arbitrary (it will generally be the one that has been open the longest).


This would be nice feature and improve desktop workflow for those of us that leave chat open somewhere almost all the time.

It might also be useful to cause the chat app to switch to the room that generated the ping when the room was focused using the desktop notification. Additionally, the same highlight/focus action that happens when following a backref should be triggered so that you go straight to the message that initiated the ping.

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