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How do comment @replies work?

When I respond to a comment that's not the immediate predecessor of my comment, I'd like to include the commenter's @ handle so it's clear who I am responding to. However, since you are constrained from having only one @ handle, I can't reference the answerer as well. Is there an equivalent of OP (original poster) for the person who wrote the answer that it well understood on the StackExchange network?

Update: One workable solution is simply to prefix the second @ handle with a period; that way you can clearly indicate that these are users you're talking about (which, with some handles is not obvious).

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marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, John, Cody Gray, Shadow Wizard, ChrisF May 23 '12 at 21:14

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@kiamlaluno: Sheesh. Who's going to read all that? – Robert Harvey May 16 '12 at 23:50
@kiamlaluno - not exactly what I meant - I know about notifications, I just wanted a term for referring back to the answerer, and I didn't know if there was a specific convention. – Scott Wilson May 17 '12 at 1:31
DEAR SIR OR MA'AM I HAVE RECENTLY COME INTO A LARGE SUM OF REPUTATION AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU... (that is how you should address answerers) – user7116 May 17 '12 at 2:25
See point #10 in the duplicated question. It says exactly what happenes to @name if name is the author of the post you are commenting; it also says what happens if you use two @-references. – kiamlaluno May 17 '12 at 9:11
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If you are commenting on the answer, the person who answered will be notified. No need to prefix their username with @ or even use their username at all.

You can simply use their username if you want to be clear who you are referring to.

To clarify - a comment on a post will notify the writer of the post, name mentioned or not. Use @ as a prefix to a username will notify that user, so long as they were involved in the post (meaning they have commented or edited the post).

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The help shown when writing a comment says, "The post author will always be notified of your comment." – kiamlaluno May 16 '12 at 23:27
.@kiamlaluno - I know that. Reread @MrLister's comment. I wanted to know how to write clearly, not how to notify two people. Maybe I'll just use the . before the @ like I did in this comment - that works. – Scott Wilson May 17 '12 at 1:37
@ScottWilson If you use @ to refer the user who wrote the post you are commenting, that will be automatically removed. It is all described in the question I suggested as duplicated. – kiamlaluno May 17 '12 at 9:11

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