Status Updates are not treated the same as threads. And, really, that’s a big part of what they are - a chance to have random conversations with people. I have gotten to know many people here through exactly those sorts of random conversations. This isn’t an example of trolling but people having a conversation. If you’re concerned about massive notifications in the future, turn that alert option off. I have it set so that I still see it if I get tagged in a comment or someone likes my comment. That way, if that happens, I can go back and see if there is a comment I want to respond to without getting hundreds of alerts.