Is this alert necessary? Can I remove it?
Seems to go against most standard websites that just post new information without an extra step to review something and click an extra step. Facebook, Reddit, Tripadvisor, others just post new information. They already realized (probably through big data) that people tend to spend more time and clicking around if they don’t know exactly how many “new or updated topics” have occured.
People know when they last looked or can simple glance and see activity.
People don’t just look when there is a new topic. People also just want to look around at topics out of interest.
I think the alert encourages people to focus more on those few topics instead of perusing more.
Or is it helpful because the page doesn’t automatically refresh if sitting with no activity?