I get this, but since I expect new PMs to show up as a notification, what I actually want is the reverse. I want it shown in notifications, where I will look for all alerts, and so I have no use for it being displayed beside the notifications box as well.imkingdavid wrote: If you don't want the duplication, you can turn off receiving notifications for PMs by going to the notifications settings page and unchecking the box next to "Someone sends you a private message".
If it meant "unread" messages, I could see how it's not really a notification (more like a status I may want to maintain), but if it resets when I view my inbox, what is the use of it? You've already got a way to tell me I have new messages.
Of course for my own project I'd just delete the latter from my template.
RE: Controls vs Settings: I think the term 'settings' is what people expect. 'Controls' sounds strange. And, indeed, some parts of the control panel are not really 'controls' (like the inbox). Maybe something like 'dashboard' as per wordpress.