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    • I do agree that badges can be anxiety-inducing, however lock screen messages and banners can also be distractions. That is why I typically use badges for social apps and lock screen messages/banners for must-see things like Messages. But that is also just my personal preference.

      I've always considered a good app citizen should give that choice to the user. If an app shows badges as an option and they do not work, it feels broken.

    • I like getting a push notification when someone reacts or replies to me on Cake, but if it also added a badge to the icon then I'd feel like I have to go do something to make the badge disappear, and that feels like a chore.

      Interesting, the only push notifications I find useful are the weather alerts I get from my Accuweather app. They are useful to me because they provide specific details of what the severe weather is (tornado watch until 6pm, extreme cold advisory until Tuesday night, etc).

      For gmail, I prefer seeing the unread count on my app, i.e. a badge. I used to use the badge notification for Twitter, however, I sometimes contribute to threads that turn into a storm of likes and retweets, which turns the badge count into noise instead of signal.

      The push notifications from the Cake app aren’t intrusive. However, it might be nice to know whether it is for a reaction, a mention, or a post—especially if I’m participating in a great discussion like this.

      My two cents, for what it’s worth.

    • I think I've come around on maybe disabling badges on my social apps. ;-) I've already removed Tweetbot from my dock on the Mac and only open it when I need to or have some spare time during the day. On the phone, I'll open the app when I want to spend time in the app and not have a notification force me to sidetrack or distract me.

    • The lack of badges is intentional. Personally I find badges anxiety-inducing since they make me feel like I need to do something. We want Cake to make people happy, not anxious. 😄

      I like getting a push notification when someone reacts or replies to me on Cake, but if it also added a badge to the icon then I'd feel like I have to go do something to make the badge disappear, and that feels like a chore.

      But obviously not everyone feels this way! Anyone else like badges? Should we add them?

      Android user here, but the systems are similar enough to talk about this in general:

      I think this should be left for the user to decide. Modern Android versions come with app settings that allow users to

      - disable/enable notifications from an app completely

      - disable them on a "per category" basis; categories (or channels internally) are used for different types of notifications, for example Cake could have one channel for "reply to your post" notifications and another for "reaction" notifications, and the user can easily choose to see one but not the other

      - if notifications are enabled, allow or disallow a "notification dot" (Android's variant of a badge)

      This can either be used as-is, or used as a model for own in-app settings. For me personally, badges have some smell of "open task that I need to finish", but what's more anxiety-inducing than that is the fear of missing out on some important interaction, either because of swiping away the notification or by not being notified in the first place.

      It is great that you have user "well-being" in mind while designing your notifications. It's just that different users feel well in different situations, which might include seeing badges/dots.

      What I'd like to see is a "digest" type of notification that is pushed to me not instantly when something happens, but once per day at 6pm, if something happened in the last 24 hours.