It would be nice that username auto-completion in comments starts when the user type @ (vs @ + first letter of the name of the intended user

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I am aware of the StackApp Reply links on comments.

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    Nice idea, surprised nobody suggested it before. Naturally, the first name that will appear is the last person who pinged you. Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 4:36
  • It's too bad that the two downvoters didn't share what could be a downside of this feature. Commented May 2, 2016 at 14:18
  • Can't really know, from own experience starting to wonder about this is pointless. But as long as the net score is positive, all is good - in a sense. Commented May 2, 2016 at 14:20
  • @ShadowWizard Wouldn't it be nice to reduce the number of keystrokes? My use case is as follows: I use the computer hands-free and in order to trigger the auto-completion I need to dictate both the @ character as well as the first character of the username (then I either dictate tab or choose the intended username using a hands-free pointing device). Dictating a character is a costly operation (~ 1 second), and as a result adding the @ShadowWizard almost takes as much time as dictating the rest of a short comment. Commented May 2, 2016 at 15:58
  • No need to convince me, I already upvoted. :) Commented May 2, 2016 at 17:26
  • This works, unfortunatelly except for the OP's name, which is possible to notify as well. I added a feature request for that :-) BTW, shouldn't this be marked as status-completed?
    – Tomas
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 5:24
  • @Tomas not completed yet as still nothing appeared after typing @. Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 5:49

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We have an existing feature to autocomplete the name in comment box. It works with Tab key.

For ex:

@ + S + Tab = ShadowWizard

comment shortcut

  • Thanks, I use the keyboard sparingly and would prefer the auto completion to start when I type @ :-) Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 15:06

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