Sometimes my inbox icon lights up with a red number, say "3", but when I click on it I see only 2 items highlighted. Sometimes when I follow the link I find that what seemed to be just 1 item is in fact 2 comments on the same question or answer, so that resolves the discrepancy, but other times I can't figure out what the 3rd item is. How are inbox items counted? I'm wondering if I'm missing some things.

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    $\begingroup$ I am not sure how to answer the question you actually ask, but the following might address the underlying concern: stackexchange.com/users/current?tab=inbox shows all in-box items (no "merge" of items). You can also get there by clicking "see all inbox items" at the end of the dropdown from the topbar. A final remark: there is some delay with delete items. So a deleted comment might still show/count in the inbox, yet not on the site. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Sep 4, 2015 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ My experience suggests they are grouped by question and just the questions are listed, so I see a number 3 might represent two (unread) comments tied to one question and one to another question. However, this is a perception, not a conclusion based on meticulous observation. Gerhard "Preferes Meticulously Observing Other Things" Paseman, 2015.09.04 $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2015 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ @quid : the deleted comment is an interesting suggestion and I think that is the best explanation so far. $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2015 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the feedback on the experiment. Me too, I just got two entries for your two comments. It thus seems that at east separate posts are handled separately. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Sep 4, 2015 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe we can get some combinatorialist to look into that. These guys are all about counting stuff! :-) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Sep 6, 2015 at 6:01


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