We have a community site set up with several different categories. All those categories use the Category.aspx page to pull discussions from the discussion list.
Users who set an alert on a page expect to get alerted when somebody posts to that category, but that isn't how it works! SP sets the alert on the Category.aspx page and only sends out the alert when that page is updated -- which is very rare and something we actually would prefer the users not notice.
I found this post which describes how to set an alert for the discussion list by going to ribbon > Page > Alerts > Manage alerts > Add alert > select Discussion List > configure alert.
That is just a ridiculous series of steps to ask a user to do and far to many places where something could go wrong. And even if they were successful they would only get an alert on the whole discussion list, not just the specific category they were interested in.
So the question: How to provide a simple one or two click way for users to set an alert for the discussion category they are interested in?
Is there some add on or other way to make alerts a user focused feature?