WSS receive alerts for specific discussion category

I am trying to enable alerts for certain users on a specific discussion category.  We have several categories in a discussion board that are specific to certain roles in our company.  So, when one particular category is updated, I want an alert sent to the appropriate people.

I have set up alerts on a category, and the alerts do not go out when a new discussion is posted, or updated, etc.  However if I put the alert on the root of "Discussions", then the alert goes out to the specified users.

So, is there a way to have alerts send out any time a discussion is added/changed under a particular category?
Jake PrattAsked:
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Jake PrattAuthor Commented:
Doesn't look like this can be done.
Do you mean topic?
Discussion - topic
Blog - categories.

As far as I'm aware there is no way to subscribe to an individual topic, only to the board itself. You can specify how and what to be alerted to e.g. reply to my post.
Jake PrattAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your response.  In the WSS 3.0 discussion database custom template, they actually are called categories.

Discussion topic - that is basically an individual post/question/discussion (whatever you want to call it)
Category - A group that holds a list of discussion topics.

When you subscribe to a category, it only alerts you when changes are made to the properties of that category (i.e. you rename the "Sales" category to "International Sales".)

I suppose if there were a way to filter, that would work as well.  For example:

Alert me anytime a change is made in the "discussion" list
   The "category" field of a discussion = "Sales"

I really don't think there's a way to throw in that terminology, but that's basically the result I'm looking for.
Apologies, I thought we were talking about the plain old discussion site built into the standard team template
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