This is something planned. You can also activate the email notification with the icon in the top right of a topic
When one clicks the 'watch this thread for replies' it seems that the only way to get back home is to reload the website....
I'd have to agree with Sojurner that the 'old' way was a bit more effecient (even though for we lurkers the 'watch the thread' was a viable option...)
and also with G-Paw that having to quote to denote who one is replying to is wasteful of system resources.
I'd also either like the thread count re-enabled, or a clearer definition of 'stranger' and 'member' classifications. Post count would be more accurate...
And the number of popups is getting ridiculous. I don't post so you can advertise within my post. Personal gripe.