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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 is also notified if @name is forgotten. From: How do comment @replies work?

This is good, but it's not clear to many users that this is happening and new users might not realize they need to add an @ since it sends replies anyway in this case.

Could @{user} be prepended to the comment when notifications are generated automatically?

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Hmmm... there might be an issue with max comment length, but in principle I think this is a great idea. – Jon Seigel Mar 29 '11 at 2:00
    
@Jon, I agree there would be an issue, but I think it would be rare that anything critical would be lost if the end of a comment at the max was truncated. Btw, thanks for the edits! – jzd Mar 29 '11 at 2:06
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Don't you think such a user is going to be utterly mystified that a @user appeared out of nowhere? He'll try to edit it a dozen times to get rid of it. There's little value. – Uphill Luge Mar 29 '11 at 2:31
    
@Hans, well prepend it the first time, but don't for edits. I think it is more clear what is happening if you prepend the user than if you show nothing to the user and send a notification anyway. – jzd Mar 29 '11 at 2:40
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Fix for the comment length issue: if the resulting length with the @ name would exceed the max length, then don't include the name. This would probably be a rare case anyway. – Jon Seigel Mar 29 '11 at 16:37
    
I'm pretty sure this isn't going to happen, since the opposite was implemented (unnecessary @foos are stripped now) – Michael Mrozek Aug 23 '11 at 2:56

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