AFAIK there is not way for a user to set their preferences so that they continue to receive e-mail notifications of changes to the pages on their watchlist, even if they do not visit the page after the most recent notification.
When I get notifications, they are accompanied by messages like this: "There will be no other notifications in case of further changes unless you visit this page." and this: "Note that additional changes to the page "User talk:Sue Gardner" will not result in any further notifications, until you have logged in and visited the page."
This makes me crazy: it's terribly user-unfriendly. I have a lot of pages that I monitor, and every time I receive a notification I worry that if I don't visit the page afterwards while logged in, I will never be notified again. (For example, I am not logged-in on my phone. If I receive a notification, I will often visit the page immediately from my phone, but since I am not logged in, the system will not realize I've done that. So I need to remember to visit *again*, from a logged-in computer.)
The system seems to have a strong built-in assumption that I do not want to be notified, and it requires me to continually reaffirm, by visiting the page while logged-in, that I do indeed want to continue receiving notifications. I think this is the wrong bias. If I've put a page on my watchlist, and requested e-mail notifications of changes to the page, I think I've made my preference clear, and shouldn't need to continually reaffirm it.
I would love to see this changed, such that once I have requested e-mail notifications of changes to pages on my watchlist, I will continue to receive notifications of all changes to all pages on my watchlist until I request otherwise.
- T56609: Recent changes email workflow is inefficient - possible duplicate?
- T129710: Allow e-mail notifications about changes of watched pages without having to log in and load the entire pages again. - related feature request, for a lightweight way to reset the "viewed" [keyword?] timestamp, directly from the email.
- T18447: Software should allow blocks that only expire when a user has read a specified page (training module, user talk page, etc.) - semi-related feature request