I just noticed something that really bugs me on Stack Overflow.
@-syntax for summoning people in conversation.
@s are redundant.
One such situation is when you try to summon the guy who posted the answer.
As such, you don't have to say
@Jon, you're a saint! Cleanse my heart.
because Jon gets notified of any comment on his answer.
I believe this is the reason SO currently truncates redundant @user part:
you're a saint. Cleanse my heart.
But I don't want that. I wrote a sentence that started with capital and finished with a dot.
Now it starts with lowercase, which looks ugly.
Can we either cancel truncation, or uppercase truncated comments if they were uppercase in the first place?
To summarize my point:
I didn't ask the system to edit my comment. You know what—I don't care if the poster gets notified anyway.
Good. You set the business rules.
But why do my comments get distorted for no apparent reason, other than that I don't remember the business rules for @alerting?
Solutions that look fine to me (in order of convenience):
- remove the truncation (@Jon, you're a saint);
- truncate just
@(Jon, you're a saint)