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After using Vanilla for some time, I started getting annoyed by the red notification icon, always compelling me to click on it even though I already checked out the new message or read the new comment it wants to tell me about:
And it is not only me. About one third of the active users of this forum participating in this little survey have already given up, ignoring the red signal with an average number of 17 unread notifications. Another third is behind schedule in making the irritating icon go away and only the last third has a clean notification icon, probably the OCD folks among us.
Suggested improvement: When reading a new comment or message that created a user notification, said notification should become inactive instead of continuing to steal the user's attention with its red eye-catching popup.
Is that feasible / does that scale up?