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Is there a way to receive notification of comments on the main questions page?

(i) I do not want e-mail notification, my inbox is busy enough!

(ii) I would prefer not to have to keep clicking on the "Reputation" link to check for the possibility that someone might have a query.

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    $\begingroup$ Doesn't the StackExchange logo on the top left work for you? It is not entirely reliable but most of the time someone left a comment for me I see a red bullet (conatining the number of messages I have on the top left). If you leave a reply to this comment I'll make a screen shot and post it, so you can see how it looks for me. $\endgroup$ – t.b. Aug 30 '11 at 0:01
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    $\begingroup$ Here's a picture. The white $1$ in the red bullet on the top left shows that I received one comment notification. $\endgroup$ – t.b. Aug 30 '11 at 0:10
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    $\begingroup$ @Theo: Thank you, I was unaware of it! There is a slight complication, in that I have difficulty noticing red (blue would be useful). But in principle, and, with some effort, probably in practice, your comment solves my problem. $\endgroup$ – André Nicolas Aug 30 '11 at 0:18
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    $\begingroup$ I suggest that you make this a feature request. Accessibility should be one of the highest priorities of such a site and red may indeed be problematic for many enough. Unfortunately, on the usual sister sites I couldn't find anything allowing you to customize colors. However, here are two links for you that you may want to bookmark for easier accessibility of your inbox: 1. direct link to your responses tab and 2. raw inbox. $\endgroup$ – t.b. Aug 30 '11 at 0:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Theo: Thanks, that too will help. $\endgroup$ – André Nicolas Aug 30 '11 at 1:08
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    $\begingroup$ Another color blind? Hooray. I am not alone! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Aug 30 '11 at 6:37
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As pointed out in the comments, click the Stack Exchange logo in the upper left. It will show the number of pending messages specifically to you (answers, comments, etc) in a circle.


(source: stackoverflow.com)

See details at

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/09/new-global-inbox/

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