Could you change the notification settings so that default for posting in threads and comments is off instead of on. When I want to subscribe to something I'll turn it on but that's very rare for me.
Also for the comment section we get notifications for whenever someone makes a comment and not just when someone replies to your comment, which is what I had set up in my settings.
I also agree with this. DH doesn't have enough constant new articles that I can't just check the comments myself for all the new stuff. Make it just for replies to my posts!