When there's new activity on the site, I'm notified about it by the system on the main page. It wasn't there before and I liked it better. Can I turn it off somehow? It startles me and I don't see how I could benefit from it.

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  • $\begingroup$ which notification do you mean? (Preferably can you grab a screen shot and highlight what you mean?) $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2012 at 15:22
  • $\begingroup$ @WillieWong I've added a screenshot. $\endgroup$
    – user23211
    Mar 9, 2012 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ huh, I've never seen that before. Sorry, don't think I can help. Maybe someone from the Stack team will drop by. $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2012 at 15:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Willie: It's brand new; started yesterday (3/8/12) I think. Keep the browser on the page but don't refresh, and it will be pop up. $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2012 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ @ymar: +1. I too find it a bit annoying. $\endgroup$
    – user17762
    Mar 10, 2012 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Arturo: I see now. Thanks. I don't generally leave the main page open in a tab that is on top, so I didn't notice it at all! $\endgroup$ Mar 12, 2012 at 9:30
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    $\begingroup$ It's just awful. I second the motion. $\endgroup$
    – user02138
    Mar 13, 2012 at 3:23

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There is no way to disable it at the moment and none planned that I know of.

I realize it's not an ideal solution, but in the meantime you can ignore it and refresh the page at your convenience as you would before.

  • $\begingroup$ As a programmer, do you think there's a possibility of a javascript hack around to make the browser ignore the incoming (I assume) AJAX updates about the new activity? (I'm thinking of a script a la greasemonkey which will override the function which displays the new activity.) $\endgroup$
    – user2468
    Mar 15, 2012 at 2:59
  • $\begingroup$ @J.D. I unfortunately have no idea. I haven't done much web development at all. $\endgroup$
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 15, 2012 at 3:02
  • $\begingroup$ @J.D. - if you're using Firefox, you can just disable websocket support. $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Mar 15, 2012 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Shog9: Will this affect anything besides the notifications? $\endgroup$ Mar 15, 2012 at 12:47
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    $\begingroup$ @TheChaz chat also uses websockets, but should fall back to polling if they're unavailable. Most sites should do something similar. $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Mar 15, 2012 at 13:05

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