One click on the notification bell icon should give you a drop down list - click on a thread. If there was more than one item in the drop down, just click the bell and the list will reappear. Double click on the bell and you'll get an all-time listing starting from the newest. Also, once you have looked at the drop down list, the red number flag is cleared. It will reappear (with the number 1) as soon as an alert is subsequently set.I find that if you get a little red alert saying someone has replied and you click the alert but don't visit the actual thread then the emails will stop coming through but you will still get the little alert on your profile.
The less you visit the thread the less emails get sent.
That's not the point if it doesn't bother you, the point is it bothers me and I check for my emails often and have had to find other ways to stay is some for of communication with this group.I’m on this site every single day, on Facebook every 2nd day, but I check email less than once a week. So that doesn’t really bother me