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Currently parts of the chat engine ignore Unicode characters and punctuation, so if someone's name consists of non-Latin characters it's impossible to ping them.

Presumably there are Stack Exchange plans to improve support for internationalisation(?) If there are, could this be put on the todo list?

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After seeing your gravatar, I keep reading this question as unicorn usernames... :-) – user162697 Aug 7 '11 at 15:16
    
It's not only Unicode characters. My username there is F'x (which is ASCII only) and I can't be pinged either… – F'x Sep 2 '11 at 9:32
    
@FX, did you have that user name on the sites too? (And if so: did notification fail then as well?) – Arjan Sep 2 '11 at 17:22

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