As I already suggested here, it would be nice if the OP is also notified of comments on answers when @OP's-user-name is used, even if the OP isn't a participator in a comment discussion on that answer, yet.

This way, I can e.g. make an (IMHO) important comment on an answer and notify the OP.

  • If there's a collision (someone with the same name as the OP already commented in the comment thread), who should get the notification? – mmyers Jun 3 '10 at 16:23
  • @TheCat Collisions are already possible and handled as the most recent. I think the implied question is "Who gets priority if the OP isn't in the comment thread?": If Jon Skeet asked a question, Jonathan Sampson posted an answer, Jon B edited the answer, and Jon Seigel made a comment, who gets notified if you follow Jon Seigel with @Jon? – Grace Note Jun 3 '10 at 16:26
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    I believe Jon S would be notified. – devinb Jun 3 '10 at 16:28

If it's that important and the OP hasn't participated in that answer yet and you think the OP won't notice it when reading answers later (but if he doesn't care that much...), then you should comment on the answer and the question. Delete one of those comments later. All three of these conditions combined should be really rare.

I only want to check one place to see who will match, especially on questions with several answers (say 7-9). Not the current question and somewhere else, even if that is only the OP's name. You'd have to determine a sort order, and it's just not worth the complication. Keep it simple. If you must ping them, you know how to do it: comment on the question.

Stack Exchange isn't instant messaging, even if it's important we can reply sometimes.


I think this is worthwhile. Today on English.SE, i asked a question, got some answers, and someone tried to ping me on an answer. I only noticed it because i actually came back to look at it again.

  • Well, if the comment is important enough the user can also post comment under the question itself, e.g. "see my comment on the answer". – Shadow Oct 26 '14 at 20:32
  • I've experienced this as well (IIRC, it was also on English, but I'm not 100% sure). – Shokhet Oct 26 '14 at 20:43

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