I would like to ask about two types of problems. One seems to be a bug, the other one - not.

  1. When I started using MSE I always receive notifications in my inbox about comments on my questions, comments on my answer and that there is a new answer on my question. Unfortunately, some of these notifications do not appear now in my inbox. As an example, when joriki answered my question Bounds on random walk with a negative drift nothing happened in my inbox, I eventually read the answer and then checked inbox - it was empty.

  2. I never received notifications that the answer on my question was edited, so I guess that such notification in not provided on MSE. Since sometimes people add details/extend their answers even without the request of OP, won't it be useful to notify OP also that the answer on his question was edited?

  • $\begingroup$ @Gortaur, two questions: Does #1 persist? Is (was) your inbox completely empty? (The latter happened to me some time ago, too, but the problem went away all by itself.) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Hendrik Vogt: no, I received notifications on your comments for this question - but it is quite often with comments and answers for my questions on MSE. $\endgroup$
    – SBF
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Gortaur: Then this looks indeed like a bug. When you look at this version of your inbox, do you see that answer of joriki? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Hendrik Vogt: unfortunately, not. Seems to me to coincide with the pop-up version. $\endgroup$
    – SBF
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Gortaur: Too bad. So you'll have to wait till someone with a little more power stops by :-( $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Hendrik Vogt: Thanks for you help. In fact it's bad since I do not know now what the empty inbox means: either there are no new messages, or I should check it by myself. $\endgroup$
    – SBF
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Gortaur: I'm still not sure what you mean by "empty inbox". Are all the messages inside, but you just didn't see a red disc with the number of new messages? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 9:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Hendrik: no, some messages are delivered (and I can see the red disc when there are new), but some answers on my questions do not make notifications - they do not appear in my inbox (hence, there is no red disk also) $\endgroup$
    – SBF
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Gortaur: OK, then checking by yourself is rather difficult indeed - you'd have to check on all your questions :-(. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Gortaur: you can also look here. $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Commented Jul 15, 2011 at 0:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Theo Buehler: Thanks, it seems to me that all notifications are here. That's strange they are not in my inbox though. $\endgroup$
    – SBF
    Commented Jul 15, 2011 at 8:04

1 Answer 1


#2 is indeed not a bug; there are no notifications for edits of answers to your questions. See also this question on meta.SO for a related feature-request: Optional notification on an edit to an answer.


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