I always wondered if users get notified about comments were their name was edited in afterwards.


I write a comment

See this link here

then I edit it to

@someuser: See this link here

Does the user get notified now?

  • Just try is here. AFAIK I have did it. And user got notification.
    – Himanshu
    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:44
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    @hims056 Did you get this? Just edited now.
    – PeterJ
    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:44
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    @hims056 Is this a notification? Sep 18, 2013 at 10:44
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    @hims056: this is a test comment
    – juergen d
    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:45
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  • @michaelb958 That was my understanding, that it ended up in the profile under responses but no red (1) notification. If this has changed it is a very welcome change Sep 18, 2013 at 10:48
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    [At removed] As a related test i'm going to cycle this comment through assorted notifications for all people in this thread. Edit; did anyone other than hims056 (the first @) get this? Sep 18, 2013 at 10:51
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    @RichardTingle - Did you edit my name? The Red ball came and went within a second.
    – Himanshu
    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:53
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    @hims056 I did, that’s interesting, so if you don't notice the fleeting @ its retrospectively removed from your inbox. Probably for the best to avoid people using this as a reply to all facility Sep 18, 2013 at 10:54
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    @RichardTingle No red 1 (was away when you were testing), but if I open my inbox your comment is there as it read at the time - just silently. Sep 18, 2013 at 11:01
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    Ok, so I think we've got the behaviour nailed down. If at any point @yourname is in a comment you will get a notification in your inbox. But you will only get a red(1) notification if @ yourname is currently in the comment Sep 18, 2013 at 11:05
  • @RichardTingle: Could you post that as an answer?
    – juergen d
    Sep 18, 2013 at 14:23
  • @juergend Done, I'll put the other screen shot in when I next get a notification Sep 18, 2013 at 14:32

2 Answers 2


After experimentation within this question the current behaviour* has been found to be as follows:

If at any point @yourname was in a comment you will get a notification in your inbox.

notification bar

But you will only get a red(1) notification if @yourname is currently in the comment (either originally or by edit), i.e. if @yourname is edited out and you haven't seen the red(1) notification yet it is removed.


* See the old behaviour

  • So, it's bφrken!
    – hjpotter92
    Sep 18, 2013 at 14:42
  • @hjpotter92 Less than it used to be, the old behaviour was that if the @ was edited in it didn't turn up in your inbox at all. Only in the responses tab of your profile Sep 18, 2013 at 14:43
  • @RichardTingle I remember Nick saying long time ago something like "if you edit it into the comment after it was posted maybe it will trigger notification and maybe it won't" - can't find it now though. Sep 18, 2013 at 17:44
  • @ShaWizDowArd in our testing we were getting real time response to both editing in and editing out notification, perhaps they've improved it? Sep 18, 2013 at 18:34
  • @RichardTingle yep very likely the case, I also don't remember the notification vanish when the comment is deleted/edited to remove the @ so probably this change also resulted in a more stable code. Sep 18, 2013 at 21:25
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    @ShadowWizard, the bit you couldn't find is in the FAQ under the section "Can I change who gets notified after the comment is posted?"
    – Wildcard
    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:46
  • @Wildcard nice find! Aug 10, 2016 at 7:57

Yes. As @michaelb958 and other tested in this same question. I got all those three notifications after their edit.

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