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[...] 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 good content one comes across. Moreover, I think for many it is rather a nice experience to be reminded by an up-vote of an old post. It shows that the content ...


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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 you can improve the corpora with a better answer, add it.


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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 on an answer also notifies the person who posted the answer. Commenting may also notify a few others who have contributed to the question/answer – see the ...


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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 them to say "This answer was deleted by the user", or something similar. The edit history is also visible to 10,000+ rep users, but the edit hides the old ...


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You can notify anyone who edited a post using the @user syntax, see this post on Meta.SO for more details about the notification system that you really don't want to know.


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Every question has an associated RSS feed. While I'm not 100% certain that all comments appear on that feed, the answers certainly do.


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I disagree with this proposal. Personally, I do not see my participation in Math.SE as an invitation for everyone to ping me with their questions. A user leaving an off-topic comment to draw my attention to their question goes on my personal "ignore" list at once. (Unofficially; there is no built-in ignore list.) Tagging questions properly is the best way ...


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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-notifications-dont-go-away


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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 users that at the moment cannot review), where it says that several improvements are planned.


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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 that the vote needs to be the only vote that created the effect), that is a moderator or a user with a gold-badge in the tag that marked your post as a duplicate. ...


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While I sympathise with the bona fide goals of your suggestion, I think it is too susceptible to abuse, and may excessively burden high-profile users. Consider the following thought experiments: OP sends dozens of flags to users who have no acquaintance with them Good-willing users flood high-profile users with a very large amount of "notifications" ...


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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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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 be redundant with the bounty and not out-of-line either.


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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 be redundant as you remarked). Very roughly, it can be used only to reply to users already in a communication not to call somebody into a communication. ...


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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 "StackExchange"). In comments, the '@' symbol signals type-ahead for names and leaves a message in the recipient's inbox As Martin Sleziak comments, your global inbox is ...


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The user Dustin, who is a nominee, in a comment, confirmed that pings are received.


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The answer is yes. The needle in the 50-question haystack (the intersection of [comments] and [notifications] on meta.stackoverflow) is a link inside one of those questions: Micro-refinement to notifications for comments of others posts where this suggestion was marked as implemented on March 8, 2011: If a user comments on their own post and there is ...


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You can get RSS feeds for every page. While that does not cover accepted answers or comments, it does give a partial coverage of new answers (and possibly edits). You can also add the post to your favorites and remember to check the page often, it has a similar effect (and I suspect it might be using RSS based mechanism to begin with).


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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 mine. Of course there is a grey area there, and someone may object to my decision to post my answer too. To bad. I will gladly tell you why I disagree with you. My ...


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If you are willing to get a somewhat enlarged range of notifications, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for that Question (this will notify you not only of edits to the Question, but new & edited Answers; however Comment activity does not appear to trigger notification). You'll need an RSS client, such as Google Reader, to receive such a feed. Even ...


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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 was more of a comment, though I posted it as an answer, not knowing any better. Apparently I would not have bumped the question up to active if I'd followed the ...


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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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Let us tried to summarize several possibilities how to follow question, which are mentioned in various answers and comments on this site: One possibility is to use favorites. You would have to check favorites tab to see whether there is something new. Changes to favorite questions are highlighted, if you sort your favorites by last activity (most recent). ...


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You only get notifications for comments on posts that you own or when you participated in the comments and someone addresses you with @Yrogirg. You don't get notifications for comments on answers to your own question, the answers are not owned by you.


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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 reputation. The details are described in this Meta post but it's already six years old so I don't know if it's up to date (for instance, it doesn't show the new ...


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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 be like. This will then reflect on what kind of material they upvote, downvote, vote to close, vote to keep,... As a metaprinciple I think that for the site ...


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