I've just logged in to find out that I have a few week-old messages waiting for me, with absolutely no indication other than a tiny counter in the top right corner. Since I don't spend a lot of time here, I even managed to miss it the first time around.
Needless to say, I'm mildly irritated. Pretty much every other forum I'm on, by default, emails you when you have a new message AND pops up a notice when you log in. Heck, I didn't even realize the setting existed until now.
Is there some specific reason for disabling them for new users?