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I receive the following message when I have one additional user. I have one user that I notified (@waffles) and one additional user that I notified (@Bo P).

I'm pretty sure that I misinterpret the message — please confirm because otherwise it's a bug — but shouldn't it then be read as "Only one user can be notified adjacent to the post owner, please remove second @+name". The current message confuses me, I understand it that a new feature was introduced that allows me to notify two people (as everyone already knows the post owner will be notified, this is ignored).

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I agree that the message is bad. Only one user is being at-notified, the other is notified separately. The message should be something like The post owner will always be notified, and only one additional user can be @notified. – Matthew Read Aug 23 '11 at 21:44
    
Possible duplicate: Two @/ats, One comment… Change the message? – Hendrik Vogt Aug 24 '11 at 8:06
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It uses the term "additional" as the owner of the post is always notified of comments posted regardless of any "@user" notification. This is the meaning of the message, though it is clumsily worded.

So in this case the following people would be notified:

  1. The post owner.
  2. waffles.

Bo P would never get notified therefore allowing the post to go through would give the commenter (you) a misleading impression that they had been notified as well.

A better wording might be:

Only one additional user can be notified via the @user syntax; the post owner will always be notified.

The @user syntax can only be used to notify one user per comment; post owners are always notified of new comments

You could argue that it should warn but still let you post, but that's a different question.

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Or perhaps "The @user syntax can only be used to notify one user per comment; post owners are always notified of new comments" for a mere 11 characters more. – Tim Stone Aug 23 '11 at 23:06
    
@Tim - that works for me! – ChrisF Aug 24 '11 at 7:46
    
@Tim: I like yours more as the word "additional" implies for me that you can add one more (without saying from what number it starts counting). In other words: "additional" is, whatever the wording, always ambiguous. – Abel Aug 24 '11 at 13:18

It's not a bug, it's considered as by-design. You can't notify 2 users at once. It's strange, but that's it

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The bug is the strange wording of the message. – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 24 '11 at 0:56
    
@Paŭlo: indeed, the message is ambiguous at best. – Abel Aug 24 '11 at 13:19

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