When you respond to someone in a comment you use @PersonsName. Is there anyway it could be linked like this @Lucas McCoy
Jeff has stated that since our member names are not unique, there's no way of reliably doing this.
However, if you can come up with a way that will link the right person's account, please suggest it to him!
Here's my suggestion: Allow the following syntax:
@[#95589] Comment goes here
Which would turn into:
@Eric Comment goes here
The comments include links to our profiles, so this should be fairly easy to grab for anybody. Perhaps make an AJAX button that would auto-insert this code into a comment to the right of the comment (where the delete button is on our own comments). Any time this pops up, you can then notify the right profile.
Adding another link to comments would make them even noisier than they already are.
Plus, it's redundant.
99 out of 100 times you are referring to a user in the same conversation -- so just click on the link to that user's profile in the comment above yours .. or in the answer .. or in the question.
@[ID} are good suggestions but even with non-unique names you should be able to do
@Name and get an auto-complete dropdown with users to select the one you want, much like the tag auto-complete drop down.
Linking a @name comment to a user profile would be mostly useless since the comment probably wasn't about the user in general, but references a comment/answer the user posted. So if anything the link should lead to this comment/answer. That's probably impossible to do reliably.
Also the reference established is usually to a comment/answer right above the post, so it is easy to see the connection (and find the link to the user profile) by just looking at the surrounding context.
This is a great idea actually.
But it should not be limited to comments only but extended to question/answers too:
Sometimes, when answering or expanding the question, I want to give credit to someone for a partial answer or saying:
As @Oscar Reyes said, you could delete the filesystem using AJAX if etc. etc....
If is not technically feasible to grab someones name ( due to names may be duplicated ) Then as suggestion using:
Could be parsed into:
By the system, because using @[#20654] is a bit awkward.
To use the bracket style user will have to:
- Click on user link
- Grab the mouse and select exactly only the user number ( and selecting in the address bar is not always the easiest thing in the world )
- Ctrl+C the user number ( or memorizing it )
- Type @[Ctrl+V]
While using the former would simplify the process
- Click on user link
- Ctrl+C the whole URL ( easier than select just a part )
- Type<Ctrl+V> ( less wrist force )
While it may sound ridiculous this tiny bits of functionality makes life easier.
p.s. I delete my previous question because it was a dup of this indeed
How about just highlighting the names that actually worked for notification? That would at least clue n00bs like myself into the fact that it actually DOES something... I wasn't sure for a while if people were typing that just to make it clear who they were responding to or if it actually did something.