I rather read my friend's post from a new timeline called "Friends timeline". Too many notifications make me want to ignore my real notification. Now I have to scroll down to read your comment. I totally believe the BELL is useless. I even want to make a Chrome plugin to remove it from the page.
You can open a feature request, explaining why you think notifications should be disabled or at least have a configuration that allows users to disable it for their own account: github.com/thepracticaldev/dev.to/...
This should help, both you and the team
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