How do I reply to comments of users whose name contains characters not normally found in English?

For example:

  1. Upside down letters
  2. Symbols not present in keyboard
  3. Maybe name in a different language etc...

I mean I have to type their name to reply, how do I do it?


Is there a way other than copy and paste to do this?

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    – ale
    Apr 10, 2015 at 1:13
  • Even with @ you need to type in 3 characters for auto completion @Qantas 94 Heavy
    – One Face
    Apr 10, 2015 at 2:31
  • @AI E. Ah, that is one solution I did not think of! Is there a way other than that?
    – One Face
    Apr 10, 2015 at 2:32
  • @OneFace: I thought I remembered that if they had unicode-only names it was like that. Let me check it out... Apr 10, 2015 at 2:32
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    Great question! I was going to ask it myself, because I couldn't reply to a person with an upside down name! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you find, @Qantas94Heavy Apr 10, 2015 at 3:13
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    @Sue: sorry, my bad. It works that way in the chat -- it shows up the names of all users with a first letter that cannot be typed. I don't know why it's not like that on the main site also. Apr 10, 2015 at 3:18
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    @Qantas94Heavy Thanks for checking. I'll be hoping this post will encourage someone to create it. For me, I use the iPad, which makes copy/paste more difficult. Also, I've noticed an influx of character-type names, especially on our language sites. As this question suggests, I think it would help those folks have an easier time here. I'm still trying to figure out how users turn their names upside down! Apr 10, 2015 at 3:40
  • I use nexus 10 and my mobile phone, so it is difficult for me too to copy and paste. Thanks for checking @Qantas94Heavy. Plus auto completion is not implemented in mobile website.
    – One Face
    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:27

1 Answer 1


On desktop, the easiest way would be to copy-and-paste the username (or just the start of it) which you can paste after the @.

On mobile, the easiest way would be via the app, as it recognizes the @ and suggests users in the current "comment thread":

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It's far more difficult on the standard mobile version of the site via a mobile device. Doable via the same method described for desktop, but difficult.


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