Hi there Steve_R_Jones,
I am fully aware of...
The "BELL" Icon called NOTIFICATIONS
...but the the danger of not receiving email notification of posts
is that it can eventually kill a forum stone dead.
This once very active forum...
...made that mistake, ignored it and suffered the consequences.
Non regular or new members will just assume that their posts
have not been replied to, or have been ignored. They then
migrate to forums that are user friendly.
I would strong suggest that you point out to the "Owner" the folly
of his ways.