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Let’s make it easier to reply within comments!

As many people know, users will post comments, and refer to other users by name using the "@username" syntax. It would be nice to be able to create links to a user's profile by either of the following ways:

  • Pick from a list of matching usernames when an "@" symbol is typed in a comment (similar to Facebook status updates)
  • Be able to drag-and-drop a username/gravatar from the page into a comment

Since the StackOverflow sites allow you to change your display name, often times past comments will be left in a "corrupt" state - comments may refer to you by "@oldName", even after you've chnaged your name to "@newName". Allowing the linking of usernames would keep comments up-to-date even after name changes - "@newName" would always be shown.

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marked as duplicate by random, Greg Hewgill, fretje, ChrisF, Ladybug Killer Jan 8 '10 at 9:39

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

The name changing isn't that much of a problem anywhere else but on meta, is it? And meta is, well, meta ... – balpha Jan 8 '10 at 6:27
I originally used a handle, but quickly realized I'd prefer to use my name. I can imagine there are others who would like to switch, but realized that too late, and now feel stuck as they don't want to break anything. People like "Johannes Schaub - litb" clearly wanted a change with the least breakage, for example. So while it isn't much of a problem... I think users would greatly appreciate it. – Gnome Jan 8 '10 at 6:36
Perhaps making the names on posts be static? (Therefore nothing ever breaks.) Or including both name-when-posting and current name. – Gnome Jan 8 '10 at 6:38
@balpha - Just curious, why would Meta be more affected by name edits than SO, for example? I'm new to actually participating here, so I might just be missing something. – Pwninstein Jan 8 '10 at 6:43
It's common to change your name on meta for humorous affect; at least much more popular than on SOFU. – Gnome Jan 8 '10 at 6:48
@Roger Pate - +1 I see, thanks! – Pwninstein Jan 8 '10 at 7:03
@random - +1 for the chuckles :) – Pwninstein Jan 8 '10 at 7:16
@Spacklepants do you think my real name is sockpuppet? Last week it was I hate haikus – alex Jan 8 '10 at 8:43
A much better suggestion is covered at… – Ether Jan 8 '10 at 19:43

Usually when someone addresses another user within the same question thread, the referred user would have left an answer and/or a comment and/or the question itself. Hence chances are there is/are already links to his/her profile.

I do find it a nice feature but I has a hunch the addtional server load might not be able to justify it.

I may be wrong though.

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