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Recently I have noticed for the first time a comment by a moderator which contained @@username. Previously I have seen something similar in chat - I know that the mods have superping in chat - the ability to ping any user, even if they were not present in that chatroom (so they are not pingable by regular users using @username.)

I have also seen that when a super-ping is used un chat, the syntax @@user-chat-id is employed. (Although it is rendered simply as @username.) So the syntax @@username naturally reminded me of a super ping.

I have never seen something like that in a post or in a comment - so this made me curious a bit.

Question 1. Do moderators have ability to notify any user in a post or in a comment? (Even in situation where the user would not be notify by the standard comment replies.)

It is natural to ask also this:

Question 2. Could implementing something like this be useful in some situations?

I will explicitly say that I am not posting this as a feature request - my personal opinion is that situation where something like this would help are going to be rather rare and there is always some kind of workaround. But since I asked whether such feature exists, this seems like a natural follow-up.

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  • For all you know, their finger could have accidentally double-tapped the @ key...especially since superpinging in chat works only through user IDs and not names, even though they're rendered as names. May 5 at 6:45
  • In this case, the superping-in-comment attempt should be chalked up to a newbie mod not knowing things :). May 5 at 14:36
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No, we don't, and I don't know of a situation where it would help moderating the site. Perhaps on Meta, if a main site post is being discussed where user X is involved. But there's a workaround: if I want to invite them into the discussion, I'll leave a neutral comment under the post on the main site mentioning something like 'This post is being discussed on Meta' with a link.

♦ moderator comments are special in one regard: they remain in your inbox when the post is deleted.

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  • The situation where some action of a specific is discussed on a per-site-meta was exactly what I was thinking about. But notifying the user elsewhere is probably better - if the user wasn't mentioned in the meta thread by name, this gives them more privacy. (It's up to them whether they joint the discussion - that will usually make more clear who was the user that caused the meta discussion.) I did not know about the comments by moderators remaining in the inbox - it is interesting to know.
    – Martin
    May 5 at 6:36
  • I kinda forgot about that :D
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    May 5 at 6:37
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  1. Nope
  2. We rarely need to pull someone in who isn't involved. If we knew them well enough, we have ways to get in contact with them.

The use of a superping in these situations is a bit weird. Its kinda a way to pull someone aside for a private informal chat. It often starts on a post or comment thread but we don't want to keep it there.

It can also be a way to get the attention of a specific person - which often means a broader bidirectional communication - Which posts aren't and comments needn't be. It works great as a way to start a conversation, especially in a new room.

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