I just noticed some weird behaviour which I don't really understand. Maybe a bug, or is it just something I didn't get yet?

I'm refereing to this question: Porting code from Unix using Visual Studio or MingW?

In the answer there is a comment from this user

Now I wanted to ask something using the @ to address him, but strangly his name doesn't appear in the selection box which usually appears. I entered part of the name manually, but when I submitted the comment, the name was removed from it and it appeared as if typed without it.

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    It's because nobody else is involved in the comments, so it will go to him (only) anyway.
    – PeterJ
    Jan 8, 2014 at 11:10
  • Oh! I was confusing it with another user, otherwise I wouldn't have used the address anyway. OK, I didn't know that the addressing will dissapear in that case as I never had seen this before.
    – Devolus
    Jan 8, 2014 at 11:11
  • This is a stupid design decision by our SE overlords, but they stick their fingers in their ears and sing when we complain to them, so STATUS-BY-INEPT-DESIGN.
    – TRiG
    Jan 8, 2014 at 14:08
  • @TRiGisTimothyRichardGreen, don't see why this is stupuid. If there is only one poster involved, then it makes sense. Might be overkill to adress this special case but it doesn't hurt either.
    – Devolus
    Jan 8, 2014 at 14:09
  • It's stupid because it's confusing.
    – TRiG
    Jan 8, 2014 at 14:35

1 Answer 1


As per how-do-comment-replies-work the author of a post will always be replied to.

The first author of the question or answer will always be notified of any new comment.

Additionally any @user comments that are known to be superfluous (only 1 other user in conversation who is the poster) will be automatically stripped out

The first author of the question or answer will always be notified of any new comment. There is no need to use @name to notify them. (You may still use it for clarity, if needed; however if only you and the author have been commenting on the post so far, the @name will be automatically removed from the beginning of the comment, as it adds no value.)

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