Uhm, what do you mean?
You know I wrote half a plugin for this very thing, right?
The post above mine about using TinyCon - I did most of a plugin to put the number of unread PMs into the favicon but for some reason I never finished it.
Lemme dig it out, I'm sure I can convert it to use the regular notifications system without too much trouble.
You don't have to use permissions for that...
I'd say there are things that should be left to the user's discretion, rather than the admin's.
For instance, what if I don't want users to access my profile? Or I'm okay with that, but not with reading my latest posts? Or my galleries? Or my posting statistics..?
Things that can be stored in data fields:
- topic data: set a 'fallback' topic for a particular topic; if it's locked, Quote and Reply buttons will still show up, but will be redirect to said fallback topic.
Of course, all that matters here, is making a suitable UI for these... And I'm not exactly the greatest at UIs, I'm afraid, so it's not even in my to-do list I think...!
Other than being Webkit only, and don't actually appear to work for me (the example about grabbing tweets from Twitter didn't show me a single notification even when I specifically gave it one to test)