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Upvoting on previous questions

[...] would it be considered bad form if I were to upvote it (as they would receive a random notification for an answer they wrote a few years ago and most likely forgot)? It's good form to up-vote ...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

The whole point of stack exchange is to build a high quality collection of questions and answers for a given subject. If you think of things in these terms, it is irrelevant how old a question is. If ...
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Has the notification system for comments changed?

Could you be a bit more specific about the situation in which you expect to get a comment. In the current revision you write: "I do not get a notification when someone writes a comment under an ...
14 votes

Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

Answering bumps the question but (I think) only for those who have clicked the "active" option, not for those who are using "recent". Commenting notifies the person who posted the question. Commenting ...
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Someone edited my answer... years after I deleted it!

Users with 10,000 rep or more can see deleted answers (and moderators, although in practice they likely have more than 10,000 rep anyway). One way to make deleted answers less prominent is to edit ...
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10 votes

A way to "watch" questions?

Just added today... the "follow" feature.
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8 votes
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Is there a way to contact a person who voted to close a question

It is not possible to contact users that vote to close your questions, especially not before the vote took effect. It is possible to contact users that cast a binding vote on your question (note ...
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8 votes
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Should I be getting the "Red Dot" on the "Review Queues " Icon?

I believe it is not literally by mistake, but it will likely be changed. See Please don't red alert me for queues I've handled for not the exact same matter but something related (it's about ...
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8 votes
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Groundhog Day bug

We had problems with a datacenter test that left our caching layer in a partially broken state. All issues should now be resolved. See also https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/268957/topbar-...
8 votes
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Are askers notified of close votes on a question they've asked?

No, they are not notified. That is unless you vote to close as a duplicate, or use a custom off-topic reason; those actions generate a comment and they are notified of comments. Note that users need ...
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8 votes
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Red dot on reopen queue but no items available to review

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This is now fixed. What happened: We show the red dot when the number of active items queue is over a specific number (can differ by queue and by site). The ...
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7 votes

How do I get to know if my question has been commented or answered?

Check your inbox: Like this: The number of unread messages will show up in red: (thanks to Daniel Fischer for providing the last image!)
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7 votes
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Are users who already posted an answer notified about offering a bounty?

Placing a bounty on a question will not directly notify a user that answered it. I am not convinced it is useful to inform the answerer again that you want a more detailed answer, but it would not ...
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6 votes

Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

My first post was quite recent, answering an OP that was about one and half years old. It got an immediate response which was quite gratifying and made me feel welcome on the site. However, my post ...
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The @ symbol, does this do anything or are people just using it to reference a person because of Twitter?

To complement robjohn's good answer let me just add that not rarely when it is used in fact it does not do anything as user use it in ways so that it will not result in a notification (or indeed will ...
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The @ symbol, does this do anything or are people just using it to reference a person because of Twitter?

In chat, the '@' symbol signals type-ahead for names and usually makes an audible ping on the recipient's computer as well as leaving a message in their inbox (the blue inbox icon next to "...
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6 votes
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Do candidates receive pings from comments under their nominations?

The user Dustin, who is a nominee, in a comment, confirmed that pings are received.
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Why was I notified inbox without being tagged?

The comment is addressed using "@trueblueanil", with I suspect that member having a previous comment there that was deleted. If that's true and this deletion occurred before the comment you'...
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5 votes

A way to "watch" questions?

EDIT: All possibilities mentioned here are superseded by possibility to follow posts implemented in April 2019. It is described in another answer. The original version of the answer (before this was ...
5 votes

Be aware if someone other is writing an answer to the same question while you're doing so

I am slow and I get beat to an answer very often. I like getting points. They're fun. But I love mathematics. If someone beats me to an answer and his/hers is better than mine, I discard or delete ...
5 votes

Notifications to participants are needed.

I will share some of my thoughts. The main reason you run into these disagreements is, AFAICT, the following: Various users on our site hold wildly differing ideals of what they want the site to ...
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Why don't I receive notifications of new privileges?

This is probably because you already have more reputation on another site in the Stack Exchange network, and are supposed to 'know' that you can view close votes (on your own questions) at 250 ...
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Missing Notifications for Comments on a Question.

A regression bug was introduced here that prevented some (but not all) comment notifications from going out. The issue has been fixed. Unfortunately there is no practical way for us to requeue the ...
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4 votes

Change notifications through email

You should be able to get to it from the "preferences" tab in your user profile. From there I believe you click on either "Manage filtered questions emails" or "advanced tag subscriptions".
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2 votes
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Notifications to followers of a question about its status updates (closed / open)

For post reopening: Post owners receive an inbox notification when their closed question is reopened. See Are users notified when their questions are reopened?. Post followers receive an inbox ...
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Double notification when pinged on a followed post

This was fixed back in April/May.
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