Sometimes (quite often) persons write the wrong @name in a comment. For example, in Generic T get type from class Preet Sangha tried to reply me in a comment to the question, but addressed the comment to @xantos instead of @xanatos. Would it be possible to issue a warning when you write a comment that won't notify anyone in the page? (I know there are some rules for matching usernames.)

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    Very much related: Tell the user who will be notified of a comment. Sep 10, 2011 at 14:43
  • possible duplicate of Tell the user who will be notified of a comment
    – apaderno
    Sep 10, 2011 at 16:21
  • The other suggestion doesn't seem to directly cover wrongly typed @name. If one speed-write the comment, it could miss it.
    – xanatos
    Sep 10, 2011 at 16:49
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    The matching algorithm uses the first three letters of the name, by design. So your "incorrect" example would still match.
    – user102937
    Sep 10, 2011 at 19:10
  • @Robertt: No, that's not correct. See the last sentence in #3 of How do comment @replies work?. (And I can't submit this comment without a backtick, isn't that crazy :-)) Sep 10, 2011 at 20:03
  • @Robert: Ping!! Sep 10, 2011 at 20:03
  • Only now I see that Robert provided an excellent argument why xanatos has a good point here :-) Sep 10, 2011 at 20:24
  • @Robert I know I didn't receive the comment in the inbox. Had I received the comment, I wouldn't have done this question on meta. Ah... Now I comprehend what Hendrik did :-) :-)
    – xanatos
    Sep 10, 2011 at 20:30
  • @Hendrik: Aw, hell. You really expect me to read all that? :/ OK, this gets an upvote from me.
    – user102937
    Sep 10, 2011 at 20:57
  • @Robert: No, I don't :-) Just wanted to point you to the standard reference that has become almost unreadable indeed. Sep 11, 2011 at 6:04


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