I could not test this behavior thoroughly. But I experienced it several times.
From my observation it may be possible that a user will miss a notification due to the fact that the user was
Viewing the topic the notification was initiated from.
I am refering the to notification counter in this area.
###Consider the following scenario.
You are reading a topic,
You receive a like that will result in a +1 added to the top notification area ( you may not notice it at first)
because you are scrolling in the topic or you may be over that post. This may automatically dismiss the new notification for you. Consequently the notification will be considered acknowledged, without that actual user acknowledgment.
Is it possible that I may miss a reply notification , or a mention, with that behavior mentioned above? possibly. I don’t have a way to fully test that easily.
Certain notifications that are not acknowledged via the notification area, that notification active status could persist for longer. giving the user enough time to realize that there is a notification.
I believe that retaining the notification counter / status visible for longer. may prevent that.
share your ideas.