When I receive a new comment, I get the usual Stack Exchange notification in the corner of my screen. However, recently it's been erroneously telling me I have a comment on this answer beginning "While eplain supports loading some LaTeX packages"; neither of the comments to that answer begin that way (the second one almost does). However, if I go to the "responses" tab of my profile page, I can see that I did get a comment, in this case over here.

Can a moderator flush this thing from my queue or does it require deeper intervention?

2 Answers 2


The comment you're seeing in your inbox is actually this one, but the inbox's text doesn't reflect the edit that was made.

This is a known issue with how our Stack Exchange inbox items are stored.

  • You tagged this question as status-bydesign. Does this mean it's never going to be fixed?
    – doncherry
    Jan 30, 2012 at 18:58

That comment has probably been deleted before you went to read it. Seems they don't get deleted from the inbox; I think I've encountered this behavior before as well. Perhaps a mod can confirm this, as they might be able to see deleted comments?

  • There is no deleted comment: I wonder if one got edited
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Jan 29, 2012 at 15:57
  • The problem is not only that it's still in my inbox, but that it occasionally rises to the top. This is the third time I've "seen" it. Though interestingly, today I got two notifications of real comments and no mention of this one.
    – Ryan Reich
    Jan 29, 2012 at 17:25
  • I also mentioned that I get re-notified of comments I already looked at after a while. Also I had some notifications about already comments as well. Jan 29, 2012 at 20:09

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