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The way inbox works - it shows essentially saved items in ActivityAuditStatus records - essentially alert messages - that link recipients of activity with the Activity records, and the Activity records are stored when something happens on the site. At this point not all of those alerts are displayed.

For example - when somebody answers your question - you and all question subscribers will get a "red envelope". When you visit the related question - the ActivityAuditStatus will change to SEEN and the envelope will become white, unless there are other unread items.

So - we could expand that functionality accordingly - whatever that might mean:). The UI can definitely be improved: pagination could be added, display filtering by status, reduce number of dialogs when deleting items.

We could also add personal messages to the inbox.

We want to keep the inbox functionality simple from the user's point of view.