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In situations where an @lert is removed, if the commenting user included a full user name with spaces, only the leading portion of the @lert that doesn't contain any spaces is removed.

For example, in my case people often address @lerts to:

@Rick Sladkey: What about...

and these comments are modified so that they look like this:

Sladkey: What about...

Although spaces in @lerts are not supported, through abuse of the syntax this type of @lert is fairly common. It would be helpful if the rules that removed @lerts could support spaces in the user name so that the commenter doesn't appear to be addressing the post author by his/her last name.

Unlike questions, comments can only be edited by the author so other users cannot fix cases where the removal isn't ideal.

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How could people be using comments wrong, there's a help link that solves all problems – Michael Mrozek Jul 4 '11 at 18:25
@Michael Mrozek: That would be quite outlandish indeed- oh noes, i did it again... – H.B. Jul 4 '11 at 19:02
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This is already implemented – after you mentioned this in a comment to Jeff – just not deployed yet.

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Is it deployed yet? Still broken here ->… – Billy ONeal Jul 5 '11 at 6:01
@BillyONeal: No, it wasn't. But it is now. – balpha Jul 5 '11 at 7:57

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