Fragment of a discussion from User talk:McDutchie
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Yes, I did have Support in my watchlist and have done so for years, intentionally. Until two days ago that never caused any email flood. I only got notifications about the threads (not pages) I was watching, as the preference states. That is now broken.

McDutchie (talk)16:28, 20 August 2012

Having Support in your watchlist currently serves no purpose at all if you don't want to receive notifications for its threads, you should just unwatch it.

Nemo (talk)16:33, 20 August 2012

You don't seem to be distinguishing between email notifications and notifications on the site.

I do want to receive "new messages" notifications on the website for every thread on Support. I just don't want to receive emails about every one of them - I only want to receive emails for the threads I watch, as the preference "Notify me by email about threads I'm watching" plainly states.

That is how it always worked, but this broke two days ago. I keep trying to tell you this but you keep ignoring it. You now have several users complaining of unexpected email floods. Frankly I'm dismayed that you don't seem to be believing any of us.

McDutchie (talk)16:40, 20 August 2012

I never said that "I don't believe you", it's just that we're mixing up some things and we don't fully understand each other (for instance Verdy_p is talking about another issue).

It's correct that it's not possible to distinguish from Special:NewMessages and email notifications/watchlisting, but it's always been like this, as well as there is a two-years old bug (which I linked from the support thread) about threads inheriting the "watched" status from their talk. The preference "Notify me by email about threads I'm watching" has never done what you say that it "plainly states", which is why I'm not sure that you remember correctly. For instance, I'm absolutely sure that on, which has the same (default) settings as this wiki used to have before the recent change, not having "E-mail me on replies to a thread I am watching" enabled means that I don't receive notifications for any thread I'm watching, either directly or through its parent talk page, as it is supposed to do (however confusing it may be).

Are you really sure that you received email notifications for replies to threads you were watching outside your talk page?

Nemo (talk)18:06, 20 August 2012

Yes, I am really sure.

I am even more sure that something changed two days ago, that caused me to suddenly receive a big flood of emails, without me having changed any setting whatsoever. This is a fact.

I turned off all my email preferences and still the emails continued. Only removing the pages from my watchlist stopped them.

So apparently it is now no longer possible to watch discussion pages on the site without being flooded by emails. I would like to have that functionality restored.

McDutchie (talk)19:49, 20 August 2012

Thank you! Finally the information I requested a while ago, this is indeed a bug: filed as bugzilla:39513.

Nemo (talk)20:35, 20 August 2012