position – Is it beneficial for users to be able to change the display location of user and system alerts?

Some background story. I work on a data science platform, and sometimes when I work with Jupyter, RStudio, H20, etc., notifications for one type of notebook work, but not for the other.

Since each of these products has its own set of controls, more specifically its own UX, notifications generally depend on the product they use to prevent some controls from getting in the way.

We currently offer a raw log view, but it is not sortable, searchable or digestible without knowing exactly what you are looking for. This raw log contains everything from starts, stops, errors, deployment and setup issues, etc. It is completely useless.

When I suggest a design, someone says, "This solves the problem." [here], but not [here]Msgstr "" However, our app notifications block controls, there is no way to discard, metadata is missing, and sometimes fires several times, creating a notification wall.

Since I seem to be unable to prioritize warnings and notifications, I have to make suggestions that are not appropriate for any project I'm working on. In interviews or feedback sessions, users have mentioned that these notifications are hampered by locking controls. Therefore, I would suggest that the user has the option to change at least the location and possibly the type.

I've suggested that we use a Chrome (top-control-bar) flyout (with metadata and deep links), but it has some resistance.

I wonder if…

  1. The ROI at the user's permission to specify the display type / display position is
    beneficial, or would the overall UX improve?
  2. How can you get the engineering team to consider notification of improvements?

If someone has specific examples of web apps (not mobile) using this pattern or offering this feature, I would like to hear / see them.

Comments, suggestions, opinions are always welcome and thank you in advance.


Some posts that I have read on similar topics.

Alternative method for displaying a notification alert for users with cumbersome icons

Good examples of notification systems (except iPhone / Android)?

Feedback: View and remove notifications

Should users be able to customize everything, or should the UX team decide for them?

Place Flash / Growl notifications or messages in the web application