What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 134 Stack Exchange communities.

This question already has an answer here:

It's difficult to test this without setting up a new account, and asking myself a question...

When including a @username in a comment, does it need whitespace after the username for the notification to work?

For instance, if I say something like...

Thanks @username, that worked perfectly

... will @username get the notification?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by hims056, Shadow Wizard, Bart, Azik, РСТȢѸФХѾЦЧШЩЪЫЬѢѤЮѦѪѨѬѠѺѮѰѲѴ Jan 29 at 12:39

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

reply to me and I'll tell you :P –  OGHaza Jan 29 at 12:09
Thanks @OGHaza, that's a good idea! –  freefaller Jan 29 at 12:10
got the notification :) –  OGHaza Jan 29 at 12:10
Excellent, thanks for that @OGHaza, it's put my mind at ease :-) –  freefaller Jan 29 at 12:11
@OGHaza_You_Need_Only_First_Three_Letters_For_Notification. –  hims056 Jan 29 at 12:11
@him were you expecting extra letters to still notify me? –  OGHaza Jan 29 at 12:13
From the faq: Single trailing punctuation such as a dot, comma or colon is ignored, like @name, yes works, but @name... no does not. –  Shadow Wizard Jan 29 at 12:15
@OGHaza... you will not be notified now. :-) –  Shadow Wizard Jan 29 at 12:16
Thank @ShadowWizard, that's really useful. I'd completely forgotten that the notification would also work with a single commenter. I'll have to remember the ... rule, as I quite often do that –  freefaller Jan 29 at 12:17
Why don't you update your answer, @OGHaza, with this notification... as that will prove you got it with other commentators on the question –  freefaller Jan 29 at 12:21
Yes, @AlienArrays, I did get that notification –  freefaller Jan 29 at 12:22
Sorry, @AlienArrays, I've just realised that I would get your notification ANYWAY, even if you hadn't put my username, as I am the original poster –  freefaller Jan 29 at 12:25
youtellme@AlienArraysdidit? <- hims056 reply to be earlier didn't notify me so I imagine the additional letters on the end are a deal breaker. –  OGHaza Jan 29 at 12:30
@AlienArrays nope, it was considered one word or more likely partial email address ;) –  Shadow Wizard Jan 29 at 12:30
Author of the post always gets a notification for any comment on his post @AlienArrays –  hims056 Jan 29 at 12:30

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Exhibit A

enter image description here

Exhibit B

enter image description here

Additional information gathered from the comments:

  • If you're the only commenter or the post author, you'll be notified whether they @Reply you or not.
  • Single punctuation marks are ignored, but multiple are not so @OGHaza, works but not @OGHaza...
  • You only need the first 3 letters of the username to notify the user @OGH
share|improve this answer
Even if he didn't write your name with @, you would have get the notification since there was no other commentators at that time. –  hims056 Jan 29 at 12:14
haha I had no idea, ah well... –  OGHaza Jan 29 at 12:14
updated but then I noticed the duplicate link in the comments that explains it all much better ;) –  OGHaza Jan 29 at 12:28
Indeed, but at least you get a few reps for this answer :) Thanks for your help –  freefaller Jan 29 at 12:29

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .