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Bell icon Notifications do not display in recipients portal



On assigning a work object to a user, a 'Send notification' smartshape is configured to send a notification. However, the notification is not received by the end user. The gadget Bell icon does not display the Counter or the message.

Error Messages

Not Applicable

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Create a Notification rule.
  2. Configure a 'Send notification' smartshape in a flow to send the notification.
  3. Execute the flow.


Root Cause

An issue in the custom application code or rules.
The sender was sending a notification to itself. This is incorrect according to the configuration.

  The data page used for the Notification rule is D_OperatorID.

When the data page is opened, it is of type 'Page' and is sourced from the data transform.

The data page only copies the current operator to a primary page, as per its implementation.

According to the implementation, when Operator A initiates the Notification rule, the data transform retrieves the same operator details and assigns them to the data page results. That is, a notification is sent to the sender itself. Pega or any Notification application, according to the standards, will not send a Notification message to the sender. Hence, the sender does not receive any notification.


Perform the following local-change: 
  1. Ensure that the Recipient or Recipient list is present when executing the data page referred in the Notification rule.
  2. Ensure that a notification is not sent to the sender itself.
  3. Ensure that the Operator ID property is referred correctly in the Recipients section of the Notification rule.

Published June 17, 2020 - Updated December 2, 2021

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