We like to let you know what's going on here and we do so by way of the little red alerts that appear in the top menu. It is very easy to customise the alerts. However we suggest that to get the best out of the forum you leave most of them checked.
An example of an alert
The following screen shots show you how to customise your alerts system
If you are using an iPad or device that does not not Hover, then click on your name and you'll find the Alert Preferences on the left.
These are changed in your preferences file.