If a user comments on their own post and there is only one person who has previously commented, then that person should be notified when the author comments even if '@user' is not specified

courtesy to Benjol from my closed question Notifications for comments of others posts

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    +1 because I forgot the @ on my answer to that question :)
    – Benjol
    Mar 8, 2011 at 9:27
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    +1, I've seen several cases where this would have been helpful for new users who didn't know the "@" syntax. Mar 8, 2011 at 9:53
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    Or maybe just add a default @user to the new comment, so that you can delete it if it is not appropriate. Mar 8, 2011 at 10:04
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    How about a 'reply-to' link on comments? Not for threaded discussion, but just so that by clicking the 'reply-to' link the comment field is pre-populated with the appropriate @user syntax? Mar 8, 2011 at 14:12
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    @David, already exists as a user script: stackapps.com/questions/2051/reply-links-on-comments
    – Benjol
    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:42
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    +1 Very nice. I often comment to new users that don't know the '@user' syntax, and I've already gotten a few replies from this. Mar 10, 2011 at 15:02
  • This cuts both way. Now it's even more confusing when an @-reply is needed and when it isn't. I am not thrilled with htis. Aug 6, 2012 at 22:25
  • Wait, this means that by default I don't get notified about new comments on a post that I have commented on? I probably missed a lot of things because of that! Jan 17, 2018 at 14:36

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Excellent idea - this will be pushed tonight.

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    Wow, just got my first notification! I told @mahesh "Good luck, I doubt it will happen though.", I take it all back!
    – Benjol
    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:41
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    I loves it! This solves a lot of problems very nicely.
    – Pekka
    Mar 12, 2011 at 19:17

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