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This is a not duplicate; I am asking that this "feature" be removed.

This Q now has more votes than the previous request, thus making this one more valuable.


Pinging the name @nick, in chat, also pings all users whose names start with "nick" (like my own).

Not only do I get pings while in the chatroom, I also receive notifications on my phone about new pings.

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In the case of "nick", and room 17 (Javascript), 3 users will get pinged:

  • nick
  • NickAlexeev
  • NickDugger (me)

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There are other cases of this happening as well, and sometimes with names not as common as above.

The importance of this feature was before there was auto-completion, which even mobile now has: http://i.imgur.com/dYwLA1N.png

Typing in the first few letters and using autocompletion will spell out their full username. This should be encouraged, and this short-name matching should be removed.


tldr; Pinging users with a shortened version of their name causes irritation and should be removed.

marked as duplicate by random, ᔕᖺᘎᕊ, user259867, James, Tim May 12 '15 at 17:46

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    For people with a long name, Tab-completion already works fine so I don't really see why the short name form would be needed at all. – ivarni May 12 '15 at 13:53
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    Agreed, this was much more useful before tab complete on mobile. now I see very little use case for it. – rlemon May 12 '15 at 13:56
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    I must admit Ill miss pinging multiple people at one time, however definitely agree this needs fixing. – Loktar May 12 '15 at 13:58
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    No matter how you put it, it's not a bug. That's how it was supposed to work, so asking to change it is feature request. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard May 12 '15 at 14:08
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    It's very clear that I want the feature removed where you can ping someone by using the first few letters of their username. – ndugger May 12 '15 at 14:11
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    +1, there's a Stephan in the Python room that I get a bunch of pings for regularly – Stephan Muller May 12 '15 at 14:28
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    Related, not duplicate though in my opinion because the issue was seen as resolved at that time. Avoid pinging multiple users in chat – Travis J May 12 '15 at 15:54
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    That's not how duplicates work. The other question is better written – random May 12 '15 at 17:14
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    @random The docs clearly state the purpose of marking as a duplicate; your suggestion does not match that case; your argument is invalid. – ndugger May 12 '15 at 17:22
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    You need to read more than one page on the site meta.stackexchange.com/questions/225852/… – random May 12 '15 at 17:24
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    @NickDugger yes, duplicate on meta means that they're duplicate, not that it solves the issue. You've asked a feature request that has been asked before. The questions are duplicates. – Tim May 12 '15 at 17:46
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    @Tim according tot he link posted by random, the more upvoted request is viewed as 'more valuable' and therefore should trump the other request. Albeit this is a meta answer and not a hard rule. – rlemon May 12 '15 at 17:47
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    "This Q now has more votes than the previous request, thus making this one more valuable" But all your "valuable" votes here could have been on the other question which already has 14 votes. Then the total net upvotes for your "cause" would have been greater, and you more likely to have gained some official attention. A bounty would have been better on the other question really. – James May 12 '15 at 17:50
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    @Tim the argument could be made the other is a duplicate of this. on meta the age is meaningless – rlemon May 12 '15 at 17:51
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    both questions are clear on their intent; "remove the partial username match pings". I don't know why this is such an argument. the end goal of a feature request is to get a status-complete. If this question is gaining traction let it stay open and close the older one. – rlemon May 12 '15 at 17:55

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