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How do comment replies work?

I'm curious as to whether the @ reply system in comments works "cold"? By "cold", I mean by writing someone else's name than is in the question/post...

Say that Oreo asked a question about flipping burgers, and PeanutButter answered. I knew that Watermelon has expertise in the area of Flipping Burgers, could I post a comment to Oreo's post with an @Watermelon comment, and would it notify Watermelon (to come check out this question and lend his expertise)?

Disclaimer: Oreo, PeanutButter, and Watermelon are fictitious users on the Stack Exchange Network, no names were changed to protect privacy, or are any users implied or referred to by these names.

Related: How do comment @replies work?


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Trust that FAQ that you referenced, hence: no.

  1. Notifications apply to the author, commenters, and editors of the question or answer that you are commenting on.
  • @Arjan: thanks, I did check out that FAQ, but could not find the answer...
    – studiohack
    Oct 9, 2010 at 16:56
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    @studio, the FAQ is community wiki, so if the above needs clarification then go ahead! ;-)
    – Arjan
    Oct 9, 2010 at 16:58
  • @Arjan, done, see the FAQ edit history, and let me know if that works...will upvote you tonight when i get more votes :P
    – studiohack
    Oct 9, 2010 at 17:07
  • Ooops, @studio, didn't just create a circular reference, endless recursion, stack overflow...? (By the way: I don't care about the votes.)
    – Arjan
    Oct 9, 2010 at 17:22
  • @Studio, perfect now! :-)
    – Arjan
    Oct 9, 2010 at 17:37
  • @arjan: actually, it looks like Roger Pate (the original asker of the comments FAQ fixed it...
    – studiohack
    Oct 9, 2010 at 17:43

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