@alanralph @amit To quote myself on the subject of notifications

notifications are initiated by the publisher, not the reader. In my proposal, the individual would choose in her own good time what to add to the watch list, whereas under the present system the site asks for permission to show notifications, perhaps at a moment when she doesn’t want to think about that because she’s busy trying to read a post. I don’t believe I’ve ever consented to being sent notifications by a website, yet I’m clearly amenable to the idea of being told about updates …