Right now, when you respond to someone by using an @-replies, there's no visual indicator to let you know whether you've properly used the feature or not.
I'm often confused by whether I've used it properly or not - is it valid to have a : without a space right after their name? a -? Do I need to include punctuation that they have in their name? Is it valid to have multiple @-replies in a single comment?
Because it's not rendered in any particular way, it's impossible to tell whether it has been accepted as ordinary text or if a notification has actually been sent to the other user.
- I'd like to request that it be rendered in a different style to indicate that it was registered.
- Possibly the way it could be rendered is exactly like a hyperlink, and clicking on that link should then take you to their userpage.
I only have this special rendering in mind for after you've actually posted the message, but if it's possible to make it occur in the actual comment text box that would be cool, too.