Notifications explained + how to customize

When someone is talking directly to you – by replying to you, quoting your post, mentioning your @username, or even linking to your post – a number in a circle will immediately appear over your profile picture at the top right.

When you have been sent a Personal Message you will receive this in your Inbox and a number in a different circle will appear over your profile picture at the top left.

Click your profile image to scroll through all your notifications.


You can optionally receive all these notifications as push notifications to your desktop browser or Android device. Simply allow the site to send you notifications through your browser when it asks permission. Don’t worry about missing a reply — you’ll be emailed any notifications that arrive when you are away.

You can customize your notifications by updating your User Preferences > Notifications page.

If you want, you can get notified about other things happening on the site as well, either at the channel or topic level.

Topic notifications

You can change your notification level for any individual topic via the notification control at the bottom of each topic:

or at the end of the timeline on the right of the topic, if the topic is long:

Channel notifications

Notification level can also be set per channel. To change any of these defaults, update your User Preferences > Notifications > Channels, or visit the category page and use the notification control above the topic list, on the right side:

Tag notifications

Notification level can even be set per tag. To change any of these defaults, go to your user Preferences > Notifications > Tags: