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We have two bobs at the moment. Bob (with the fox avatar) is a long time user, and bob, with the green avatar.

I'd like to ping Bob, without bothering bob with my pings. I see two ways to do this - It's trivial for me to get the username - so could we have a way to ping a user by user id number, the same way I'd do a superping as a mod? Alternatively, is there some way (case sensitivity? Letting me click on a user?) where I can pick one of the bobs?

For the moment I'm replying to the appropriate (B|b)ob but this might get messy if I wanted to actually initiate a conversation.

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    Not yet.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 6:11
  • It looks like implenting ping by user id would be the easiest way, you can just hover over a user and look at the id in the link. Maybe there should also be a ping icon as well (like the flag/star/link icons, just beside the user). Also, ping by id would probably need a new symbol. (@#<id> or something?)
    – somebody
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 23:01
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    Perhaps you could set up a global Bob numbering server. Each Bob could apply for a Bob number and then we'd refer to each one by their global Bob number. We'd all agree to ignore all Bobs without a global Bob number to force them to apply for one. Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 1:25
  • There's a LOT of Bobs. The bob I wanted to ping didn't even turn up in the superping menu Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 1:41
  • ping Tim instead
    – gnat
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 7:56
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    In that case, How do I ping the right Tim? Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 11:55
  • Do they not both get pinged? If you ping an @Oli in a room with an @oliver and an @olive, all three get pinged. It's been a while since I reported that and a while since all my pings chased out our last @oliver, but I think that's still the case.
    – Oli
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 14:18
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    I seem to recall it pinged both. The less senior bob changed his name. That's not a good solution though. Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 14:22


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