Questions tagged [notifications]

Questions about the various user interface and email elements used to notify users of events on the site.

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Allow an edit to notify downvoters: “I think I've fixed the issue now - please check”

To me, a downvote usually indicates a problem with an answer. When I downvote it's to mark the answer as having a problem, not the person. If the answer is fixed, I want to remove that downvote - but ...
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How do comment @replies work?

How do the comment replies (aka "pinging users") work? Who can I send an @reply to? How do I respond to a specific user when entering my comment? Will they be notified? What do people mean when ...
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Decision on rejected edits should be displayed as a notification to the editor

Update, April 2014: I fully support Shog9's proposal of adding the message where it belongs—in the actual editing form. This is less intrusive than displaying it as a notification, but it serves the ...
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Send authors an inbox message if their question is closed

I think it would really help if you get notified that a question of yours was closed. Especially for the multi-site power user, usually (at least for me) a question is asked and then left alone for ...
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“You have gained power. Here's how to use it.” kind of message

Right now, crossing one of the magical rep borders happens more or less unnoticed. People just gain the particular powers. Now, of course they have eagerly been awaiting this moment, and want to start ...
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Subscribing to questions and comments that don't belong to you

There has been some discussion about getting notified on comments to questions or answers that don't belong to you, and the long-standing wish to be able to keep track of new answers or developments ...
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Display lost/negative reputation in topbar achievements

When you get reputation, you get a +X green spot on your reputation feed telling you that you gained reputation and if you drop down the menu, you get more detail. How about we make it that when you ...
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Make recent activity and responses show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don't own them)

I'd like the recent activity and responses pages to show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don't own them). If I leave a comment somewhere, I am implicitly engaging in ...
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Make voting activity on your posts available on site metas (what you would get from rep if metas had rep)

Child metas don't have rep, so there's no point in tracking a rep stat or reporting changes. But one of the things rep updates do on main sites is to alert me when there's activity on older posts. ...
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Eeeeek - what happened to my @ salutation?

I just posted a comment beginning with @username, and my @username part of the comment disappeared (it was the first word in the comment). Is there a lolcat inside the Stack Exchange database nomming ...
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“Question closed” notifications experiment results and graduation

Users have long been asking for and discussing the pros and cons of a feature to proactively inform the question asker when their question has been closed. Although the initial response many years ago ...
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Mark questions to receive notifications and updates? [duplicate]

Right now there isn't a great way to monitor the questions that I am interested in following. What I seem to do now is go to my recent history for questions I have commented on, and then link to the ...
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Notice of deletion

When something of yours is deleted (answers, comments, questions, Area 51 proposals) it would be nice to get some kind of notice other than just not being able to find it anymore. You receive notices ...
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Badge symbol in notification is of the site you're on, not where badge was earned

It's so cool that the notification reminds you of the colour of badge you've earned. But I am a little puzzled by the symbols: Is it feasible to use the symbol from the earned site? At the moment it ...
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Please notify us when a reputation recalc occurs

As summarised succintly in David Thomas' comment: Is there a chance of putting a notification bar in place to warn people when this happens? If nothing else it reduces confusion, and a spate of ...
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Could we have the ability to mark a change as minor in questions or answers?

It would be nice to allow users to mark a change in an answer (or question) as minor (e.g. for a simple spelling or grammar correction). A change marked as minor wouldn't push the question on top of ...
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Notify us when the question has been edited after posting an answer

Consider this situation. I post a legitimate and correct answer to a question and receive a few upvotes. Then the OP realizes that's not what they wanted to ask, and significantly rewrites the ...
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@Downvoter sends a notification to all downvoters for your post

Similar to the new @user feature, I am interested in a feature wherein if I preface a comment to one of my own posts with "@Downvoters", a notification would be sent to all users that downvoted that ...
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Notify us when one of our posts is edited

Your summary page shows "N Edits to your posts" for the selected time period but you really have to be looking for it. Could we add edits to the notification feed? You could put the reason for the ...
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Send a notification to mods (and 10k users?) when questions go “hot”

Editor's note: This is not a duplicate of Now you can know if a question really hit the HNQ. This asks for a notification when a question hits HNQ; the revision history item mentioned in the other ...
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Alert only people that have been in the room recently for chat events

Chat pops up a notification anytime a scheduled event in a room you're interested in is about to start. Unfortunately, it defines "room you're interested in" as "room you've been in, ever", and there ...
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Notify question OP (and those who marked it a favourite) if an answer has been modified

Seriously, I had not noticed e.g. Jeff's edit here had he not also retagged my question.
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False negatives when validating notification e-mails (“widespread sloppy coding establishes a [stricter] de facto standard than the formal standard”)

TL;DR: Stack Overflow's (and Stack Exchange's) client-side and server-side code rejects valid e-mail addresses, this should be fixed: preferably by only making a basic check, e.g. ^[^@]+@[^.]+(\.[^.]+)...
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Reputation and inbox notification shows up again after refresh

This was asked before too. link. Currently I am facing the issue of appearance of reputation notification in above toolbar. I can see the reputation notification, for every page refresh even after ...
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Notify us when an answer we've accepted has been edited

This could potentially completely change the answer. We should be given the opportunity to review it and if necessary comment or change our minds about accepting it. Of course we can do that now but ...
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Notify me when a bounty is placed on one of my questions [duplicate]

Placing a bounty on a question changes its last activity timestamp and bumps it to the front page, the same as posting a new answer or editing the question or one of its answers. It would be nice to ...
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Send custom flag responses to messages inbox

Long story short: since custom flag responses are messages to users like any other (answer, comment, suggested edit, chat message etc.), users should be notified about them!! A problem I have with ...
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Allow us an exit hatch to dismiss the system message notification bar [closed]

Please add the functionality to dismiss or kill the site-wide announcement bars. Not the standard notification bars that come with phrases such as: You've earned "Iconoclast" and 1 other badges. ...
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Notify Author when Question is migrated

I have accounts on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User. Today I asked a question on Super User that was migrated to Server Fault. I was never notified that my question had been migrated. ...
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Notify room owners when a user is kicked

Currently when a user is kicked from the chatroom room owners other than the one who kicked the user do not get notified of the kick. This is problematic since it leaves us with two options: Notify ...
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Badge notifications should have the same color as the badge [closed]

I would like to suggest an update to Stack Exchange sites regarding the notification that is shown when a user earns a new badge. Currently, all notifications are shown in the same color, like this: ...
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Subscribe to others' questions [duplicate]

I have been coming across many interesting questions on this site, for which I really like to know the answers; but, there is no way (at least I'm not aware of) to get notified when answers are posted ...
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Can there be a notification for bounties started on questions you've asked or answered?

Can there be a a notification for those people that participated on the question in the past (either who asked or answered it) once it is made a bounty?
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Add desktop notifications for Chrome or Firefox

I noticed that chat supports desktop notifications to notify you when someone pings you, which made me think that maybe the main site has this functionality as well, and I'd really like to use it in ...
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Add timestamps to chat “Kick” notifications

I'd like to request a small addition to the notifications room owners get on chat, when a user is kicked. I usually leave my PC on, overnight. Since I'm a RO in a couple of rooms, it's not that ...
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Could I be notified when a question I answered is deleted?

I poured my heart out to write a great answer to a question, and I earned a gold badge for it. I'm so proud of the answer that I've even linked to it on the web in several places. To my surprise, I ...
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Getting email notifications when comments or answers are posted

Is there a way for me to get email notifications when comments are posted on my answers or when answers are posted to my questions (mostly the former...)? I have looked all over in my preferences ...
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Indicate the color (bronze/silver/gold) in tag badge notifications

Right now there is no difference in the names of bronze, silver and gold tag badges - they're just named after the respective tags themselves. This not only makes the following notification rather ...
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Notification for reviews shows way too many

Since a recent change in notifications, I see more than I should: I see no reason to see 134 posts are awaiting review, when there is literally nothing I can do about them. I think it is a bug, ...
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Let me know I have upvotes even after hitting the rep cap

When you cap, you don't see any upvotes you get on your profile, therefore, you don't have any update on how your questions / answers are doing unless you look at them manually. Capping the 200 ...
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When exactly do I get comment notifications? [duplicate]

Incredibly, I couldn't find a single, consolidated and up-to-date answer for this question. All I found was people complaining about missing notifications, discussions about changes in the ...
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Please allow me to follow questions [duplicate]

Sometimes I look a question that interests me, but I don't have the answer or would like to follow up later. Normally I just bookmark it, which then ends up in a big pile. It would be great if there ...
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Can more of the functionality of the old envelope be added to the new drop-down menu?

Buried deep in the now deleted Eeeek post, I had a well-hidden feature-request. Grace Note encouraged me to make it a real feature-request, so here it is. The new drop-down menu is nice, but some ...
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Notify close voters when a closed question gets edited

As mentioned in this discussion, a question closed because it was not well-phrased is currently very unlikely to be reopened after an edit clarifying the issues. Those who voted to close should at ...
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Provide a way for moderators to respond to the person who flags for moderator attention

Yesterday I noticed what I thought was a suspicious voting pattern on a question. I flagged the question for moderator attention and noticed that most of the set of downvotes on the question (all but ...
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I do not get notified when the system adds a canned “possible duplicated” comment

This happened to me twice. Someone flags my question as duplicated and only when I visit the question I notice the comment. Before I had no proof, but today I have *evil laughter*. This is the ...
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Which badges do not cause a notification for experienced users?

Yesterday, I have received two badges: Revival, and Self-Learner. However I was only notified of the Revival badge, because apparently the Self-Learner badge is not considered "veteran-worthy". What ...
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Notify user when their name is mentioned in comment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make recent activity and responses show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don’t own them) Quite often on SO, there are extended ...
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How do you want to be notified of unaccepted answers?

One feature-request we keep seeing is users want to be notified when someone un-accepts an answer, so a few questions that follow are how often should these notifications be seen, under what ...
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Could new users see a notification in the space where the add comment button would be, like “you need a minimum of X reputation to comment”?

I just went to comment on this answer, saying something like "hey thanks that solution worked for me; You know anything about extending it to provide this feature too?" I was confused why I couldn't ...

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