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This is by design.

"It's not a bug, it's a feature."

What it is is a lack of interactive feedback.

Now that there's this "shortcut", the comments text box no longer hovers the user's name as an option for auto-fill and tab-completion.

This is jarring for the users who were already accustomed to using @ every time, not just in ambiguous cases.

For example, replying to a user Bob who doesn't believe how it is would be as follows:

@BTab Yes, that's right. This is essentially what happens in the general case.

What happens now is as follows:

@BTab The cursor is no longer in the comment field. Expecting to be writing text and hitting backspace at any point will change go one page back in the browser. Nothing will be entered and only terrible things can happen.

A solution

Give us a placebo. Give us the same exact functionality with the @ in both the ambiguous and the obvious cases, auto-fill with tab-completion of names, the full shebang. Filter it out however you want once the comment is posted, but let us do the whole song and dance so that things don't break when they don't have to.

marked as duplicate by Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard, Nathan Tuggy, Ward, Infinite Recursion, rene May 2 '16 at 18:01

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  • It seems that the post I quoted is in regards to notifications and not the quoteability of another user. However, it seems like this is more "progress" in the vein of the same shortcut. – Axoren Apr 29 '16 at 18:24
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    Sorry, I have no idea what you ask or report here. You start with some quotes, out of any context. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Apr 29 '16 at 20:14
  • I gave a use-case below the line that starts with "For example". Tab signifies the usage of the Tab key on the keyboard. – Axoren Apr 29 '16 at 20:43
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    Still no idea what's going on. Might be just me being thick, but others might also hit this same obstacle, hence I wanted to let you know. Your question starts with "This is by design" - what is by design? Then you say "It's not a bug, it's a feature." - what is not a bug? Why make the readers' life so difficult? – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Apr 29 '16 at 20:58
  • The fact that you can't reply to users in comment threads using @ if they're the only other user in it. – Axoren Apr 29 '16 at 21:10

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