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On other SE sites, I receive a notification if someone comments on a Q/A I asked, answered, or commented on, or votes up a comment I made.

However, on the Eng Beta, I have only been receiving notifications for upvotes to Q/As, or for answers to a question I asked.

Is there a bug? Is this a feature that needs to be turned on? Am I doing something wrong?

Also: I also received a few upvotes to a Q on meta.engineering, but did not receive any notification of this, either.

To be clear: all of this activity appears in the dropdown menu. But there is no notification of "unread" activity like I get on, for example, Stackoverflow.

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    $\begingroup$ You wouldn't get a notification about votes on your meta posts, since they don't affect your reputation. (Your rep on meta just mirrors your main site rep.) Did you get a notification for this comment? $\endgroup$ – hairboat Feb 3 '15 at 5:09
  • $\begingroup$ Yes! Bizarre. I actually may have gotten some earlier today as well (can't remember for sure), but I definitely didn't get them for several days prior. $\endgroup$ – Rick supports Monica Feb 3 '15 at 5:13
  • $\begingroup$ Huh. Try and keep note going forward of what specific events did and didn't trigger notifications if you're still seeing the weird behavior. $\endgroup$ – hairboat Feb 3 '15 at 5:20
  • $\begingroup$ No problems so far today. The problem seemed to disappear when the site moved out of private beta yesterday. $\endgroup$ – Rick supports Monica Feb 3 '15 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ abby: I did not receive a notification of this reply to a comment I made. The reply is also not listed in my dropdown menu on the control panel. $\endgroup$ – Rick supports Monica Feb 4 '15 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ Aha! That comment didn't @-mention you by name, and since you weren't the owner of the post, you wouldn't have gotten a notification. You get notifications on every comment on your own post, and only the ones that @-mention you on others' posts. $\endgroup$ – hairboat Feb 4 '15 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ ...is that the way things work on the other SE sites as well? For some reason I think I recall getting notified of any replay to a comment on, say, Stackoverflow. I guess I could be wrong though. $\endgroup$ – Rick supports Monica Feb 4 '15 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ That should be how it works, but... I just got notified about your most recent comment, which did not @-mention me. I'll see if I can dig up the docs on how this works. $\endgroup$ – hairboat Feb 4 '15 at 17:48
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OK. So.

Here's the lowdown on how comment notifications work.

This passage is relevant to the mystery we encountered in our comment thread above:

Note if a user comments on their own post and there is only one person who has previously commented, then that person is also notified if @name is not included.

Read up on that MSE post -- this is how it should be working on all Q&A sites, Engineering included. Let me know if you're noticing any behavior that's not listed in there.

From your post:

On other SE sites, I receive a notification if someone comments on a Q/A I asked, answered, or commented on, or votes up a comment I made.

You shouldn't be receiving notifications for comment upvotes. We don't send those on any site.

Also: I also received a few upvotes to a Q on meta.engineering, but did not receive any notification of this, either.

Voting on per-site metas doesn't change your reputation, since your meta rep mirrors your main site rep. This means meta votes don't trigger green rep notifications like votes do on main sites.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's extremely helpful! I probably am imagining notifications from comment upvotes, then. I'll pay more attention from now on (for some reason it's hard to remember what, exactly, I was notified about). $\endgroup$ – Rick supports Monica Feb 4 '15 at 18:59

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