Why Are My Notifications Disappearing?


From time to time you may notice that the counter that tells you how many notifications you’ve received is getting lower. Why is this happening? Short answer: to keep the page running fast. Read a longer answer in this article.

Keeping score

So for every comment, like, new album, mention of your name, … you’ll get a notification. They are shown in the account bar on the very top. This was meant to be a simple way to show the users if something new has happened while they were gone, with the emphasis on new. We’ve also added the “mark all as read” button, to reset the counter to zero.

If you never press this button the counter will keep increasing. As we save all notifciations in one database, this database increases as well and slows down the whole system. So from time to time (usually every month) we clean every notification older than two months. Don’t get us wrong: the comment, like, … is still there, just the notification is gone.

This is a small sacrifice to keep the site fast. Hope you understand the reasoning behind it! Thanks and don’t hestitate to contact us if you have any questions (also in the comments here).

written by recurving on 2011-09-08 #news #development #notifications


  1. emilios
    emilios ·

    makes sense!

  2. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    hope the site will be more faster after this

  3. asya
    asya ·

    My notifications never go away...:(

  4. coca
    coca ·

    thanks for the explanation!

  5. explorette
    explorette ·

    you can delete a load of mine if you like :)

  6. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    understand, keep deleting then as long as it gets faster<:)

  7. gelibee
    gelibee ·

    Hello @asya have you tried clicking on the “mark all as read” button? :)

  8. oldtimer-rfh
    oldtimer-rfh ·

    Praise the Lord! Finally an answer,thank you for the explanation this has been driving me crazy.

  9. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Where is "mark all as read button" on the page??

  10. tsingtao
    tsingtao ·

    Now where is "mark all as read button"?

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