In many cases where people have responded to me, given my moniker of "Sofware Monkey", people have chosen "@Monkey: ...", which makes sense. Likewise, if Jeff Cho and Jeff Atwood had both commented, I might use "@Atwood: ...".

It seems like it would be very useful to do an ends-with match as well as the current starts-with match for identifying comments for notification.

Alternately, if no match is found with Starts-With, perhaps it could try again with Contains.

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    @ftwa - I'm waiting for "has SOUNDEX within 1 of" ;-p – Marc Gravell Feb 2 '10 at 21:06
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    Change your name to "Monkey Software". Problem solved! – Ladybug Killer Feb 2 '10 at 21:12
  • They only have to type the first three letters of your username. If the person responding to you cannot manage this task, chances are good their comment isn't worth reading. /cynical – Pollyanna Feb 2 '10 at 21:26
  • @Poland: What's annoying about the first-three rule is that when people misspell my name, they almost invariably do it by getting the third letter wrong (mmeyers). – mmyers Feb 2 '10 at 21:51
  • @John: (@Smithers??): [grin]. If I were a Software created for Monkeys, that would make sense. – Lawrence Dol Feb 2 '10 at 23:47
  • @Poll: I don't want to see people starting to type "@Sof: xxx" to direct a comment to me. – Lawrence Dol Feb 4 '10 at 18:25
  • @mmyers - ha, I didn't receive notification for your comment. @software - yeah, I'm curious to see how this all falls out. I'm shortening the names on a case by case basis, but it's easier, faster, and less error prone to go with just the first three characters, so I expect the shorthand will win out. – Pollyanna Feb 4 '10 at 18:37
  • @Pol: I wonder why not; is it now the first four letters or something? Or is it because the "Pol" wasn't followed by a space? If you get one for this, then that makes it more curious. – mmyers Feb 4 '10 at 19:03
  • @mmyers - I get pol, poll, pollyanna. Interesting. – Pollyanna Feb 4 '10 at 19:26
  • @mmymymy - do you get this one? – Pollyanna Feb 4 '10 at 19:27
  • @Pol: No, I don't get mmymymy. I suspect that the match must succeed up to the first non-alphabetic character. – mmyers Feb 4 '10 at 19:56
  • @mmy - that's what I've been assuming. – Pollyanna Feb 4 '10 at 20:35

It still doesn't solve the real problem. It would be interesting if we could address Jeff as

@wood: this is a comment.

  • I have to agree, it should not be difficult to make the matching much more effective. – GEOCHET Feb 2 '10 at 21:25
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    If you think about it, "@wood" more or less correct if you say it out loud... – Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 2 '10 at 21:28
  • @meta name: Are you just figuring this out? – GEOCHET Feb 2 '10 at 21:31
  • @Geoffrey Rich B Chetwood - No, I noticed it a while ago. It's not exactly a common topic of conversation, and never came up before now. You can give me back my two cents if you like. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 3 '10 at 6:23
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    Actually, this would work with an ends-with match. Of course, @wood would match Geoffrey Chetwood too... which may not be wrong since Rich B is parodying Jeff. – Lawrence Dol Feb 3 '10 at 6:24
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    It won't be an issue unless Rich B and Jeff actually talk in the same thread. Which only happens on Meta, and even then most people say @Atwood anyway so it won't be an issue. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 3 '10 at 6:39
  • "impersonating" – juan Feb 3 '10 at 17:29

Well... all we need is a good morphophonemic software and a training run to help our new awesome comment notifier AI. I get the feeling that very soon, a rudimentary knowledge of english will become necessary. Anyone want to work on such an AI?

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