Sometimes someone may post more than one comment on a post. If I am referring to one of their older comments it is hard to tell which one I am responding to, without going into details in the comment ("Regarding your comment on January 21st, [...]").

It would be nice to add a chat-like reply feature, where your comment's @ mention is replaced with a link to a specific comment, while still appearing as an @ mention, but with a reply symbol in front of it. Clicking on the mention would highlight the replied-to comment.

Here is a screenshot of something similar in chat:

Image showing reply ability in chat

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    You mean this? Feb 21, 2017 at 9:12
  • @PatrickHofman not really. That was posted in 2009 and is about @ mentions.
    – anna328p
    Feb 21, 2017 at 9:35
  • If you are using comments as chat, the solution is to stop using comments as chat, not to add chat features to comments.
    – user315433
    Feb 21, 2017 at 17:05
  • @Mithrandir no, that would just pre-populate the comment and is a quality of life thing.
    – anna328p
    Feb 21, 2017 at 20:06
  • @zaq This is not about using comments as chat. Suppose PatrickHofman replied to this comment. If I wanted to respond to his first comment, I would have to either explain this in the comment, or I would just be able to click a reply button.
    – anna328p
    Feb 21, 2017 at 20:07


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