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From what I can find, @replies only notify other users when used in comments. Does this also work across different answers?

What I mean is when writing an answer that expands on a previous answer (e.g. https://writers.stackexchange.com/a/12240), users will often @reply the author of the previous answer. Will that author get a notification, or is it simply a spillover of the way people are used to using it in comments.

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No, this does not work across answers. Only commenters on the specific post (answer or question) can be notified.

Quoting from How do comment @replies work?:

  • Notifications apply to the author, users with active bounties, commenters (associated to current non-deleted comments), and editors of the question or answer that you are commenting on—users not in that list cannot be notified.

Emphasis mine.

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