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Another solution is to poll one of the PerlMonks XML tickers periodically (but no more frequently than you would actually want to be informed) by an automated process of some sort that is designed to identify threads in which you have participated, or threads that you've explicitly specified are of interest. This requires a lot of work on your part, but might appeal to your sense of Perlish laziness, impatience, and hubris... especially the hubristic part, as it could be of benefit to others as well.
A less ambitious approach is to monitor Recently Active Threads, or Newest Nodes for posts that seem interesting. I tend to use Newest Nodes mostly, and in addition to watching for questions, I also pay attention to follow-up titles that I remember interested me, or posts by authors who usually have something insightful to say.
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