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According to Jeff's answer, @replies to post editors are implemented:

So you can now @reply to editors of a post even if they haven't commented.

Yet, I just tried to address the editor of a question in a comment and couldn't. No auto-completion of the name. I typed it in anyway, but it doesn't seem to have reached the editor. I tried it at another post where the same user commented and the @reply worked as expected there (auto-completion and everything).

Happened with this question: SQL query issue (with screenshot)

I haven't changed anything further so I wouldn't contaminate the crime scene.


I ran some tests with OMG_Ponies, and he did get the messages. So, it's only the auto-complete that doesn't work as expected. And the _ in his name helped to fool me at first.

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@yoda: It's clear by now that you should get this. But for science! – Erwin Brandstetter Nov 16 '11 at 6:32
Yes, that was never in doubt. Was just checking to see if it was broken, but it isn't :) – Lorem Ipsum Nov 16 '11 at 6:34
up vote 8 down vote accepted

It's that it's not broken, it's just not implemented as part of the comment autocomplete.

While there is a related request to get that working, as I noted in my answer there the current feeling is that adding the list of editors to the autocomplete would introduce unnecessary complexity. @replying to an editor without the assistance of the autocomplete will still work, however.

In your particular case, your original comment referenced @omg_ponies which isn't a valid match for that user's name (the underscore cannot be used as a replacement for the space), so no notification would have been generated.

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Yeah, the '_' in combination with the missing auto-complete had me fooled. I amended my answer with the result of additional tests. – Erwin Brandstetter Nov 16 '11 at 6:28

No, replying works – just the autocompletion doesn't. The autocompleter only autocompletes actual commentors. We decided to not autocomplete editors, because

a) it's a very rarely used feature,
b) it'd be quite some work to make this work nice performance-wise, and
c) it would probably be more confusing then helpful ("Who the hell is this User12345 and why is he in my autocomplete list?").

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Thanks for the answer. I understand your point, though I am not sure I agree. There are usually only one or two editors involved or a hand full at most. Anyway, it did confuse me. An addition to the faq might help. Or maybe this post will. Would have helped me if I had found it .. – Erwin Brandstetter Nov 16 '11 at 6:26

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