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If a user comments on their own post and there is only one person who has previously commented, then that person should be notified when the author comments even if '@user' is not specified

courtesy to Benjol from my closed question Notifications for comments of others posts

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+1 because I forgot the @ on my answer to that question :) – Benjol Mar 8 '11 at 9:27
+1, I've seen several cases where this would have been helpful for new users who didn't know the "@" syntax. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 8 '11 at 9:53
Or maybe just add a default @user to the new comment, so that you can delete it if it is not appropriate. – Mad Scientist Mar 8 '11 at 10:04
How about a 'reply-to' link on comments? Not for threaded discussion, but just so that by clicking the 'reply-to' link the comment field is pre-populated with the appropriate @user syntax? – David Thomas Mar 8 '11 at 14:12
@David, already exists as a user script: – Benjol Mar 10 '11 at 9:42
+1 Very nice. I often comment to new users that don't know the '@user' syntax, and I've already gotten a few replies from this. – Bill the Lizard Mar 10 '11 at 15:02
This cuts both way. Now it's even more confusing when an @-reply is needed and when it isn't. I am not thrilled with htis. – Erwin Brandstetter Aug 6 '12 at 22:25
up vote 22 down vote accepted

Excellent idea - this will be pushed tonight.

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Wow, just got my first notification! I told @mahesh "Good luck, I doubt it will happen though.", I take it all back! – Benjol Mar 10 '11 at 9:41
I loves it! This solves a lot of problems very nicely. – Pëkka Mar 12 '11 at 19:17

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