So I have admittedly had a hard time in any of my attempts to be active on this site in the past couple years. This mentions thing just makes everything more annoying, because it tells you every time someone posts a thumb of one of your deviations. This sounds like a great thing, right? Unless you make/have made emoticons, since those are generally made to be used in conversations.
So there's an opt out option, which is good. But what if someone makes a comment actually linking to something you made for the sake of linking to it? And having them link back to your name with :dev(username): seems to create a notification too. There is one opt out option for all of this; all or nothing.
And this just makes the idea of dragging myself back here even harder.