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Okay, so I logged into the chat site a couple days ago and stayed for a few minutes.

Then today, I come back to it and discovered the "Events affecting you" page.

Here is the problem:

As you can see, many people posted stuff to me, but I wasn't there. But someone else with a similar name was: George Stocker.

So I'm guessing that it's showing me all of the comments made to him and not me.

Is this true? Can it be fixed?

Is this a problem on any of the other sites?

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It's all about efficiency, now we can contact all Georges at once. World Domination is just around the corner. –  Lance Roberts Jul 15 '10 at 21:24
    
@Lance: I don't think that's the way to do it... –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 15 '10 at 21:29
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Yet another reason the "other" George needs to revert back to "Gortok". –  user27414 Jul 15 '10 at 21:29
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Or you could become "Gored". –  user27414 Jul 15 '10 at 21:30
    
Who was in charge of keeping those two separated?!? –  Bill the Lizard Jul 15 '10 at 22:04
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@Jon B blame @Jeff Atwood for the whole ,"Moving to my real name" bit. Something about building your online brand. Yea, I drank that kool-aid. –  George Stocker Jul 16 '10 at 13:05
    
It may help that the auto-complete is now working and friendly, and uses full name - so it is easier to enter @GeorgeEdison than it is to enter @George. That do? –  Marc Gravell Jul 19 '10 at 20:03
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@name handling works similarly to SO comments at the moment. It looks at all people who have been active in the room, so it isn't all Georges on the site. It also intentionally still works after you've left the room for a while.

The system does support more granular naming, so @George-Stocker or @George-S will get addressed only to "other George".

Your thoughts on what we should do differently here? Maybe it ties in slightly with auto-complete....


With auto-complete now implemented, IMO this is no longer an issue. It is now easier to get right than wrong. And when it is wrong, it is wrong in the same way as SO comments.

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well you might start, by behaving more like comments.. where @georgestocker or @georges is the correct way to uniquely address "George Stocker" –  Jeff Atwood Jul 16 '10 at 5:47
    
@Jeff: Yes, good idea. The more 'correct' usernames you accept the better. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 16 '10 at 8:07
    
why don't you just add a reply button to each message? then you could internally store the correct addressee. The comment reply greasemonkey script is already something I don't like to browse SOFU without... –  Tobias Kienzler Jul 16 '10 at 8:36
    
sheepishly heads off to remove the dashes... –  Marc Gravell Jul 16 '10 at 9:18
    
Facebook's @user uses autocomplete and seems to work fairly well. Wait... Jeff doesn't know where I live does he? –  user27414 Jul 16 '10 at 14:30
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See, I've avoided commenting in questions comment in just so we wouldn't have this happen on a Stack Overflow site.

Now it's going to the third-place as well? Swell.

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Why does this happen anyway? Is this a known issue? –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 15 '10 at 21:38
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@George, @George: one of you is going to have to be killed. When is a good time for the arena death match? –  Ether Jul 15 '10 at 22:41
    
@Ether: Dec 31 / 69 - 16:00 –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 15 '10 at 22:49
    
@Ether: Hmmm... looks like my SQL database reset that field... –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 15 '10 at 22:49
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Interesting what you consider a "rather serious" bug -- I expected something like

I entered a room and a message box popped up saying "PWNED!"

-- or would that be a quite serious bug?

Anyway:

@mentions are currently applied to anyone who has ever been in the room; in other words: Every George who has ever been in the Chat Feedback room will be considered "mentioned" when someone says "@George". This obviously won't scale quite well in the long run.

We do, however, want some more flexibility than @mentions in SO comments currently provide. The logistics of this aren't non-trivial, so we're still figuring this out.

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No, if a message popped up saying "PWNED!" would not be serious. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 16 '10 at 8:08
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