I think if you’re going to base this on “I think these words have meaning X” now we’re having an argument about the meaning of words, which is a slow train to hell. It’s one of the signs that a conversation has degraded into something unsalvageable. Once we drag out “my dictionary can beat up your dictionary”, the discussion is effectively over.
Now. Bear in mind this new state is for categories only and most people won’t see it at all. So for the average user, this will affect you not in the slightest.
That said, It is a new notification state, and so it is true that adding a new state unavoidably adds more mental work in selecting which notification level you want, because the list of choices just increased by one … but as I said, only for categories. I guess conceptually you can think of it like this:
How many notifications do I want about (thing X)?
- THE MAX, I love it ←
- Slightly more than that
- Just the usual amount everyone else gets
- Never, I hate it ←
Once you handle the love/hate extremes, which I think are really quite clear, there isn’t too much subtlety. There is simply:
The default same-old same-old level of notifications everyone else gets, the standard, the usual
Slightly more notification than usual
OK. So, all that said, I get the gist of what you’re saying – rather than add another named state for people to puzzle out, use additional clarifying words on what we already have. I think you might be right. So here’s what I propose:
You will automatically watch all new topics in these categories. You will be notified of every new post in every topic, and a count of new replies will be shown.
Following Watching First Post Only
You will only be notified of the first post in each new topic in these categories.
I think for this to work as an exercise you need to write out the name and the description, as I’ve done above. Is that clear?
(Finally, any change to “watch” terminology is off the table. That ship has absolutely ed.)