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In the top left hand corner of this webpage that you are looking at right now is the word StackExchange. To the left of that is either a balloon like object with horizontal lines through it, or a red circle that has a number in it.

I was driving me crazy as to what it is and what it means. I thought it has something to do with unread messages. I've clicked on it and scrolled down, but nothing was flagged in a way that said, "This might be important". I FINALLY scrolled down to the bottom and clicked on "more inbox messages" and then moved to the next page, and it finally went away. Yet there was NOTHING to state what it was referring to.

This seems to be a HUGELY FLAWED UI design. Could someone tell me what it is referring to? Or is it just to drive people nuts? :/

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  • I've never had any trouble interpreting the notifications icon. You realize there are different tabs in the dropdown that appears when you click the StackExchange icon? – ForeverWintr May 7 '13 at 20:43
  • @Brad: why did you edit my message? – Adrian May 7 '13 at 20:53
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    Thanks and salutations are considered not needed. The questions (and answers) here are meant to stand on their own. – Brad Patton May 7 '13 at 20:54
  • Also see the FAQ – Brad Patton May 7 '13 at 20:55
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That tells you that someone has responded to a post or comment that you made.

  • It didn't seem to be flagged in any way. Bolded or such. – Adrian May 7 '13 at 20:40
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    A user may have left a comment, then deleted it. The database then didn't get a chance to update before you clicked on it. – Kruug May 7 '13 at 20:42
  • That's probably it. When you guys posted, it showed it with a light yellow background. Thanks. – Adrian May 7 '13 at 20:51
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    @Adrian: These very comments should be giving you a chance to see how it works. :) – Scott May 7 '13 at 20:53

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