I reported a bug, and they decided to fix it. Specifically, modified (+/- given to friends, foes, new users, long posts, etc.) will be honored by the messages threshold. This means, for example, if i have foes at -6, and messages at +1, i will no longer see when a foe posts to my journal. This makes it much easier as i can start clicking on the actual messages recieved rather than clicking on the JE and finding the message (in order to avoid it in case the message came from a foe).