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The all-new implicit replies functionality has a quirk.

Hovering over an @Jeff doesn't highlight the previous message

Hovering over an @JeffAtwood does.

I assumed that the difference was to do with incomplete names, but here are some other examples:

  • @Benjol (full name): works
  • @Richard (full name): doesn't work
  • @Nick (partial name): doesn't work
  • @NickCraver (full name): does work
  • @Tree (full name): does work
  • @AndyE'shead (full name): does work
  • @Andy (partial name): does work!

(Started experimenting in Chat feedback, here - though that's not much help, because the hover isn't implemented in transcript yet...)

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I think it's supposed to be that partial matches don't act as replies, at least, that's what I understood when I was flicking between the discussion and work. – Andy E Aug 6 '10 at 12:42
this has been re-worked, if you care to re-try. – Marc Gravell Aug 9 '10 at 22:24

I have a strong suspicion that it isn't working there because it is am ambiguous match... so there have probably been multiple "Nick"s in the discussion. Hence @Nick works as a mention, but it can't make it an unambiguous auto-reply.

Additionally: it will only do an implicit reply if the other person has spoken in the last 12 hours.

However; I also believe that there is a slight overlap here. For example, if two "Nick"s have been in the room, but only one has spoken recently, maybe that should assume it is the recent Nick. At the moment it will short-circuit as soon as it finds the two "Nick"s. I'll tidy that up.

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It was the @Richard not working that I really didn't get. – Benjol Aug 7 '10 at 21:35
@Benjol - assuming this is the chat feedback room (77), then there is only one richard involved (userid=67392) - but; had he spoken in the last 12 hours? – Marc Gravell Aug 7 '10 at 22:31
Yup, it was around the #54701 message, we were discussing it together. – Benjol Aug 7 '10 at 22:43

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