I had always assumed that posts weren't supposed to reference other users by name (mainly because a high rep user removed the references I had in my first Q posted on SO here). But when I edited the following reference out of another user's post, they asked why:
Thanks to Brian [...] I am able to use a custom
ContractResolverin Json.Net [...]
I decided to see if there was anything about it on Meta, but I couldn't find anything about this. (Except this, but this is about referencing other answers, not users.)
So is there a rule about referencing other users by name in posts, or is it just a personal opinion, or could it be thought of as noise? I had thought it was fine because it was showing gratefulness (until the names were edited out of my first post). Thanks.
Note: What I mean by referencing a user by name is saying the user's name almost only to thank them; what I don't mean is reference them to give them credit for a comment you turned into an answer, etc.