If we got an email every time someone replied, I'm sure it would add to the "community" feel here. At least then I wouldn't check back twice a day only to find no-one has answered my questions. That's called "having your hopes smashed".
I could just forget that I had asked here and go looking for the answer myself. Then, when I have failed that because maybe I really did need someone else's knowledge or opinion, and when finally someone did decide to answer one of my posts (Oh sweet delirious JOY!), then I would receive the pleasant surprise of an email from WordPress.
(I've asked 7 questions this week, and none have been answered. I got a better strike rate over at Joomla! I like the look and layout of WordPress more, but am wondering if the forum structure here makes it easier for newbies like myself to be lost in the noise?)