You have quite a bit of control over what you are notified of and how you get notified.
Spend some time getting familiar with your notification options and choose inline notification......see how it makes the site work much better for you.
To choose your inline notifications
Go to Settings
Choose Notification Options
Put a check in every box in the notification list column that you want inline notification for
You can always change your settings here so, if it's too much or too little, go back in and change it
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