I Sound Like An Idiot...But what are alerts?
I've always wondered this.
And I've been on this site for quite a time now.
If anyone could tell me, that'd be super great.
Well, you're not an idiot...but maybe a little slow. JKJK!!
If you choses to have alerts activated on your account, it means that you will receive an email notice (Ie: alert), when the author/story updates.
(But, I agree. I am rather slow.)