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In some cases I would like to make sure that an OP is notified of a comment I make (because, say, the comment is in some way a request for more information).

I expect that if I comment directly on their question, they will be notified (tell me if I'm wrong).

But I don't think that a comment made on an answer to their question will trigger a notification. At least not based on my experience as an OP.

So if they comment on an answer I've made to their question, and I want to respond to their comment with a comment, is there any guarantee that they will be notified of my comment?

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If you include @their-user-name in your comment, they will be notified. See How do comment replies work?

Otherwise, they will only be notified if you comment on one of their posts.

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Thanks for the link, previously I wasn't sure whether the @user was informal or triggered a notify. – brainjam May 4 '10 at 21:26
    
@brainjam: You should be notified of this comment. – mmyers May 4 '10 at 22:04
    
yes, I got notified. – brainjam May 5 '10 at 3:16

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