Regarding the forum: yes, we maybe change the standard behaviour so that there are email notifications.
Well, yes. I even look at it another time now. At first, I did not find the setting for this. Do I have to enable:
under Settings? This is really a bit cryptic (“Send e-mail notifications for topics you’re watching” or so would be better; maybe a discourse bug?). FWIW, I just did so now… Let’s see.