The "watching" feature allows you to follow changes on a site, page or category. One of the methods of receiving the notifications is by email, directly into your inbox. Other delivery channels, e.g. RSS, is on its way too.
Delivering event notifications by email has tremendous positive impact on both large communities and small teams. It helps keeping people aware of what is going on, makes the collaboration more efficient (because you do not need to exchange emails saying "Look, I have edited this page") and keeps communities more organized.
It will be removed in the near future, since it was a half-baked solution and somehow counter-intuitive.
You can watch whole sites, whole categories within a site or individual pages. If you are watching the whole site, you will be notified about changes from all pages. The same goes for category and its pages.
If you are watching a page, we will notify you whenever someone alters a page or adds a comment to it.
There are 2 ways of starting watching:
Automatic watching can be enabled/disabled in the Activity / Settings.
To give this new feature proper launch all our users have been automatically subscribed to sites and pages based on the following rules:
If you are getting more than a few notifications per day you might want to put all of them into a separate folder. If your email service (or email software) supports filters, you can easily create one. All event emails are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org address, so you can use it as the only and sufficient criteria.
Every notification email has a unique link. Once followed it allows to unsubscribe from a given kind (source) of events or stop all email notifications.
You can also configure your list of watched items in your Activity / Settings.