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I received a comment to this answer on tex.sx, and "@Hendrik." was used to notify me:

Comment with @name reply; no pencil icon indicating any edit

According to How do comment @replies work?, the trailing dot shouldn't have mattered, and I should have gotten a notification of the comment. Instead, a strange thing happened: I didn't get a "red-dot-notification" in my inbox (in fact, there's still nothing about this comment in my inbox), but when I hit the (non-lit) envelope, I found the reply.

Maybe some recent change to the comment-reply feature caused this?

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(Just a comment to ensure you do get Inbox notification in general.) –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 11:57
Oh yes, I do. Thanks, @Arjan. –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 12:00
@Arjan: How many notifications did you get? –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 12:01
I assume that the contents of meta.stackoverflow.com/inbox are used to populate that list, but just in case it helps investigating: does that URL indeed not show you the item either? –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 12:03
Ah, I was just looking in my Inbox, so did not see a red notification for your 2nd comment. But it is in that Inbox (combined with your 1st comment). –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 12:04
@Arjan. Nope, not in there. –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 12:05
Oh, the 3rd notification is there too, so starting with @User. works fine for me too. –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 12:06
Any notification for this? meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/77524/… –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 12:10
@Arjan: Yes, for this I got a notification. Maybe the reason was that I already had another notification to that question? –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 12:50
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The following is wrong, as moderator edits do show the little pencil, which is not visible in the comment that is being discussed here. Hence: the comment has not been edited!

I guess Joseph edited the comment to fix a typo in your name, and that this happened after the 5 minute edit window. Such edit is not shown using the little pencil Edited comment, due to him being a moderator. (Or maybe another moderator made the edit; maybe point Joseph to this question?)

See also What are the ramifications of editing a comment with a reply well after the 5 minute window:

[...] the envelope is no longer highlighted from comment replies. So neither the post author nor the target of the reply will receive any feasible notice of this. In the new system, the Global Inbox is also not alerted of edits to comments, so that will also provide no data to either user.

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@Arjan: Thanks, this might be possible. It wouldn't be the first time that Joseph misspelled my name. I did point Joseph to this question already, but I'll also ask him if he remembers an edit, and I'll do some testing myself. –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 13:16
@Hen. Testing yourself is a bit hard if you're not a moderator: you cannot edit outside of the 5 minute window then... –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 13:17
@Arjan: Here I was notified, so your answer seems indeed to be the correct one. With "testing myself" I meant leaving comments of the sort of Joseph's comments, and asking the user what happened. I'll wait a bit with accepting your answer. –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 13:26
It would surely be nice if Joseph (or anyone) can confirm the edit to start with, before accepting, @HendrikV. –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 13:30
And again I was notified :-) –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 13:33
Seems like @Hendrik's notifications are not any issue at all! ;-) –  Arjan Feb 5 '11 at 13:36
Even this worked :-) I asked Joseph if he remembers an edit. Thanks a lot for your help! –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 13:38
Moderator edits do show the pencil –  Michael Mrozek Feb 5 '11 at 20:51
@Michael: Thanks! @Arjan: Hmm, so maybe it was just some anomaly? –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 5 '11 at 21:24
@Arjan: +15 rep for your help, +20% for my accept rate :-) –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 18 '11 at 8:46
Okay, @Hendrik, totally forgot about this. Then I guess I cannot delete this answer anymore—or do zero-answer questions not count towards accept rates...? ;-) –  Arjan Feb 18 '11 at 9:19
@Arjan: The strange this is that 0 up-vote answer seem to count. –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 18 '11 at 9:24
@Arjan: I have unaccepted this answer for testing purposes. Did you get some notification of that as described in this answer? (I'm actually somewhat hesitant to reaccept your answer afterwards ... :-)) –  Hendrik Vogt Aug 28 '11 at 14:49
Nope, @Hendrik. It does say -5 for today, and my profile shows +10 for one upvote I got. But I fail to see where the -15 came from. (Now I can finally delete this answer, later on!) –  Arjan Aug 28 '11 at 14:56
@Hendrik, i.stack.imgur.com/EBWEl.png for proof ;-) –  Arjan Aug 28 '11 at 15:04
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