And if it’s not clear-- I think this is a major problem. It’s all well and good for the MB nerds who don’t go a week without logging into MB, and read this forum on a regular basis; they (now) know that they can manually create collection subscriptions to keep an eye on their contributions.
But for newcomers, and occasional editors, who may spend an hour or more on some MB edits (not to mention the possible hours spent on research beforehand), having someone trash your work, and you get no notice because you didn’t know about some obscure feature of MB – that’s not a good way to encourage ongoing participation.
This is really an area where I’d say we should follow the example of Discogs – they’ve really got the right idea about notifications.
I think MB should ASAP (or at least as soon as we can get a destructive-edits-only flag into the notifications system) make automatic-subscription a default for all entity types.
While the edit that inspired this thread does not quite live up to the “trash your work” phrase I used, it was a destructive edit that did cause the loss of information (previous to the merge, there was a number of events that were attached to one or the other of the source Places – now we don’t know which of those two Venues/rooms those events happened in) And I didn’t find out about it until a year later (partly due to the nature of that year)