In comments, I frequently see people doing an inline, twitter'ific @other_user_name reference that actually turns into a link to another user's profile page.

How is this done?

NOTE: This is very likely a duplicate question, but the Googles didn't see fit to find an answer, so perhaps this question should be preserved for people searching for this concept with these words.


Something like:

[@Ross Rogers](http://meta.stackoverflow.com/u/138799) #helpwithlinks

I strongly recommend that you do not do this.

There is already a link to the addressed user in the comments, since comment replies by definition can only refer to previous commenters (and always the post owner too).

  • After reading meta.stackexchange.com/questions/43019/… it is now clear to me that you can properly reference another user and receive no inline visual feedback that my inline reference/user notification request actually worked. I came upon an old question on which I wanted to spur clarification though comments, but I didn't think I was referring to other people correctly. – Ross Rogers Sep 29 '11 at 13:03
  • Now I believe I actually was using references to other users correctly, but I thought they were failing because my @foo wasn't turning into links, whereas I saw other people's name references turn into links when they created links outside of this canonical user reference flow. – Ross Rogers Sep 29 '11 at 13:05
  • the correct references to this are the "help" link under the [add comment] button, and stackoverflow.com/editing-help#comment-formatting – Jeff Atwood Sep 29 '11 at 14:33

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