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If you are on the site at the 'questions' page and someone pages you with a comment, the red indicator will light up immediately. Similarly, if you are on the 'questions' page the green indicator will light up as soon as you acquire a new badge.

If you are viewing a question that has been submitted to the review queue, does the close counter react in real-time? Or is a page refresh needed in order to see the current count? Same question but for questions that have entered the review queue for edit approval.

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  • Note: I was reading comments and the page flickered a bit and I thought the close vote counter adjusted. But it could have been the meds, hence this question. – Gayot Fow Apr 3 '17 at 21:08
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Looks like this has been raised before, and they don't update dynamically, despite some people wanting them to, from that thread.

So I guess the answer is no, you need to refresh the page.

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  • I also think that there is a 3-minute window where you can answer a question after it gets closed. – EKons Apr 17 '17 at 7:59
  • The window isn't actually based on a time box, it's given to people who are already in the process of answering at the moment that the closure occurs. They then get up to four hours to finish up. – Pops Apr 24 '17 at 18:49

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