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I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.

stacked-notifications

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Are you referring to the message that pops up when you earn a badge? We tend to call that the "flash", based on the same concept from Ruby on Rails, eg. rubypond.com/blog/useful-flash-messages-in-rails –  Rahul Sep 17 '10 at 6:23

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The terms I see the most are "message bar", "notify bar" and "notification bar".

There are tons of examples with Google using the terms above. Below are a few.

'Notify Bar' plugin

Top Floating message box using jQuery

jQuery: How to show a message bar at the top of browser window

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We also use "Notification Bar" –  Susan R Sep 17 '10 at 11:59
    
Thanks @Susan, I added it. –  rick schott Sep 17 '10 at 12:42
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The Stack Exchange team also call it a "notification bar." See google.com/… and twitter.com/jzy/status/24755401237 –  Patrick McElhaney Sep 17 '10 at 13:15

Within Google, we call it a Butter Bar, to disambiguate it from all the other types of notifications that might also be shown on a page.

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are you referring to the full width notification bars like here at SE, or the shorter butter-coloured bars which are overlaid top-centre of the page? –  Erics Oct 7 '11 at 4:56

IE calls it "information bar".

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I just found a good page from Chromium project about this UI element. They call it infobar and have there quite nice guidelines, rationale and examples: http://www.chromium.org/user-experience/infobars

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As Rahul mentioned, this is called the "flash" in Ruby on Rails, CakePHP, Yii, Lithium and TYPO3 at least.

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