DVC500_at_last wrote: Better than the email indicators.
Those can be turned on or off in your profile too. By default when you register all email notifications are turned off.
To enable/disable email notifications for PM's:
Notify me on new private messages:
To enable/disable email notifications for posts:
Edit Posting Defaults
Notify me upon replies by default: yes/no
Also note you can apply this individually to just specific topic using the subscribe/unsubscribe link on the lower left of a topic.