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Here's a screen shot of what causes the notification: enter image description here

Is this a known issue? Anything I can do to stop it?

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Do you get notifications, or just highlights? The system tries to help you find references to yourself, and just highlights if you have a partial match that's not good enough for a notification. You didn't show your Gravatar at the lower left, if you have a real notification there will be a number in red. – Kevin Vermeer Nov 7 '11 at 17:04

Quoting my comment from here (just replace "Mark" with "Matt"):

Let's put it this way: If you're at a party, and someone yells "Hey Mark!", you'd turn around. That's the principle chat replies are modeled after.

I see your confusion with the first "@Matt" in your screenshot. That's just the orange highlighting, though; you did not get a notification for that (it was a direct reply to a message by the other Mark). May be worth to improve that highlighting logic.

As for the second one – well, they said "@Matt" (and didn't use a direct reply), and you are a user named "Matt" who was (either at that very time, or at least recently) in the room. Hence you were notified (just like the other Matt was).

See here for the precise rules as to when a user gets a notification for a @mention of their name.

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I get red notifications in my inbox in the left hand where the stack exchange drop down menu is, not just highlighting – Matt Nov 8 '11 at 0:05
Are you sure you received an inbox notifiation for the message starting with "Well, unfortunately, the answer is ..."? – balpha Nov 8 '11 at 8:24
All I know is I log on and have a notification, I click on the notification and it brings up that conversation. – Matt Nov 10 '11 at 16:42
Yes, the line that's highlighted in yello -- that's what I refer to as "the second one". – balpha Nov 10 '11 at 17:39

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