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Someone just referenced my account in his question. I believe this is might not be a feature even supported by StackOverflow. But it would be cool to know who reference you in his questions.


[insert name] proposed something cool in a different question while [insert name2] proposed something different. Can anyone tell me whatever about these 2 solutions?

So I had in mind that it could take that form, when someone creates a link to your profile in a question or in an answer. You get notified about it since you might not be watching the current question. In that case, the referenced person may or may not respond but was at least notified that someone used him as an "example"...

And it could also take the form of badges. If you are referenced 50 times or something like that.


Since some people are actually getting scared about spamming. Notifications don't have to be immediate. For example, the example below shows some kind of abuse. Abuse as far as I know isn't tolerated on SO. In other words, the question would probably get edited or closed before it even try to send a notification to the linked users.

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what do you mean? – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jul 3 '12 at 11:05
Ah, misunderstood, it's a question not an answer. – Martijn Pieters Jul 3 '12 at 11:06
it could also notify who link your question or answers and not just profile. – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jul 3 '12 at 11:09
Cool! Finally, messaging and global pinging of users for everyone! – Time Traveling Bobby Jul 3 '12 at 11:13
actually no, see my edit – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jul 3 '12 at 12:12

Dear Jon Skeet,

could you please help me with ...

If implemented, this could be used to annoy the hell out of people. I don't think it's a good idea.

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I get the point that pining can get annoying while i'm not certain it would get that widely used and pinging should be possible to disable. Since SO isn't a social network it could be that bad. – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jul 3 '12 at 11:18
@LoïcFaure-Lacroix: SO is not a social network.. I cannot friend you, nor can you follow my questions or answers. – Martijn Pieters Jul 3 '12 at 11:43
Sure but the nature of stackoverflow is different. These kind of question/answer would get flagged even before the notification can even get sent. – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jul 3 '12 at 12:01

Cool! Global pinging and messaging of users for everyone!

Please look at this feature-request!

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Screw you buddy! What if that did ping devs already? Then you'd feel bad! – Nick Craver Jul 3 '12 at 11:54

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