When you write comments, and you want to write to a specific user, you type:

@[username] [message]

But the [username] characters count as those 15, which means you can write a message like:


with only a space after, which I think should be invalid.

  • @MartijnPieters Dec 2 '20 at 5:30
  • Like the above one Dec 2 '20 at 5:31
  • @MartijnPieters Seems edits not clashed Dec 2 '20 at 5:37

Is this actually more of a problem than comments like this?

No. [15 chars.]
Yes. [fill 15.]

I don't think so.

Not counting the ping will just create more spacefillers in comments.

  • What do you mean?
    – super
    Nov 11 '14 at 19:59
  • It's already easy enough to put a bit of placeholder text in the comment to reach 15 characters. Making the ping (@someone) not count towards it wouldn't make any difference.
    – Scimonster
    Nov 11 '14 at 20:00
  • But then the reciever would see that as empty but something in their notification bar?
    – super
    Nov 11 '14 at 20:08
  • I'm not sure i understand what you're talking about now. Would you like to clarify the intent of this suggestion?
    – Scimonster
    Nov 11 '14 at 20:09
  • @Scimonster It counts towards it Dec 2 '20 at 5:32

I don't see this as a bug. I also don't think it is a problem.

There is no difference in using @LongUserName and LongUserName inside of a comment when considering the amount of characters (aside from being off by 1). The only difference when using the @ is that it causes a "ping" or "notification".

Creating a comment which is little more than a ping to another user and a white space will be removed with flags. Users should know better than to do this because it is slightly rude to the user being notified.

If a user is doing this, flag their comment as "no longer needed". If they continue to do it, a moderator will probably issue a warning to them. If another user is doing this repeatedly to you, then flag their comment as "other" and type in a message explaining the situation.

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