I do enjoy seeing that I have alerts. But, I don't always want to look at them right away. I, as with many others, I presume, have an obsession with making the alert icon go away. My suggestion: Give us a quick and easy key combination to clear the alert. This way, those of us with this sick obsession don't have to move the mouse all the way over to the top right, open it and wait for it to clear. Suggestion 2: Instead of a key combination, popup a little (unobtrusive) box in the lower-left or right side of the screen that notifies us of new alerts and gives us the option to clear them. Budokai!