The forums can notify you of new content two ways. Via email or via "on site alerts".  The number in the green dot is an on site alert.

The number indicates the total number of alerts, private messages, or notifications with new content. Click on your name in the navigation bar and a drop down menu appears allowing you to see how many of each type of "alert" you have,  Click on the various types of alerts in the drop down menu and it will clear those items from the total in your green dot.

plt-1 posted:

Why do I have a pink dot?  I'm not a fan...


If its an alert then nobody else can see your pink dot, if that's of any consolation .

If you're talking about the substitute for an avatar in the "Current Visitor" widget, well everyone can see that. The solution to that is simple, upload an avatar.

joules posted:

Mine has been at 26 since the forum switched over, I think it's just an arbitrary number at this point!

Try this:

Hover the cursor over your name in the top navigation bar. From the drop down menu that appears click "Notifications".

Once you're on the notification page, you'll notice there are two choices:

(1) Settings (2) Primary Notifications

The settings page has 3 boxes, the primary notifications page has 17 boxes.

Try unchecking all 20 boxes. Go back to the forums directory page and see if the number clears. You may have to refresh the page. Afterwards you'll have to go back to the notifications pages and re-check the boxes for the things you want to be notified about … and how you want to be notified.

There are also boxes on the "Personal Settings" page you may try unchecking.

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