I can admit when I am wrong blush, I was quick to make judgment on the Watched Topic default change. After spending some time with it I have learned that members can turn it off by setting their preferences to NO By default should anything added to your Watch Lists be emailed to you?
Yes No

However IF a topic watch has already been created with the default set to YES it must be edited within "edit topic watch list" even if preferences have been changed later to no. This is where I assumed the toggle was not working. Also, as Henk said, when using "quick reply" a watch list will not be created. So I see that the user has control over this feature and that satisfies my concerns. grin