I personally find it hard at times to get things done because the urge to click the alerts and notifications is too much to resist which really slows down whatever I am focusing on at that time. Once i've read alerts or roll over them by mistake and I finally get back to the task at hand I often forget later to go and reply since the alerts are now gone.
Can I propose that the moderator bar gives staff (or admins / definable groups) a way to toggle notifications on and off? I feel it will really help a lot of people.
A simple on/off affair would be cool - I've mocked up how I see it working:-
In normal mode:-
Silence is golden.... I can do some work now!
What do you think?