I am very confused about the Notification system and I would appreciate any suggestions or perhaps info about plugins.
First and most important, I don’t understand why the “Dismiss” button does not seem to do anything. I was thinking that the Notification list would provide me a clearly marked list of new posts in threads to which I had responded, or information about new messages to me in the messaging system, that I could then check and then make go away after I had checked them.
Maybe it is because I am administrator and I see so many system messages, but what I get instead seems to be a very confusing list of icons and clipped messages (“Thanks for spending time with us” is a big one) that don’t really tell me anything and don’t disappear when I click dismiss.
What I really want my users (and myself) to see is a clear list of links pointing me to active private message threads and active threads in which I have posted. I don’t need most of the rest which I think is going to be seen by my users as just clutter.
Perhaps I misunderstand how to set up the notifications and that’s the problem? Or are there any plugins that might make the presentation of each item more clear, or provide the ability to clear (dismiss) the list?
That last is probably the worst problem. I was thinking through notifications I could keep track of whether I had looked at new material, then dismiss those notices, and come back next time to see a list of only the new activity. I especially miss the ability to see a bright red dot that alerts me to new private messages.
What am I missing?
Thank you for any suggestions!