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How do comment @replies work?

When I respond to a question or answer, sometimes the sites ignore my @poster call out.

I'll type:

@Bob - I'd use a left-handed #8 semi-widget

but what gets posted is

I'd use a left-handed #8 semi-widget

In these cases, the helper popup doesn't come up either. It's as if I'm not allowed to refer to a previous poster, and I don't know why.

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marked as duplicate by Dennis, Mat, Adam Lear May 26 '12 at 15:37

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Was this on Bob's post? If so they're notified anyway so it doesn't allow you to do it manually :) – Rory May 26 '12 at 15:31
@dennis - Thanks. Since I didn't know what they were called, I couldn't search on them. I'll go read now. – Tony Ennis May 26 '12 at 15:37

From How do comment @replies work? - Accepted Answer:

​10. The first author of the question or answer will always be notified of any new comment. There is no need to use @name to notify them. (You may still use it for clarity, if needed; however if only you and the author have been commenting on the post so far, the @name will be automatically removed from the beginning of the comment, as it adds no value.)

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