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I just posted a comment beginning with @username, and my @username part of the comment disappeared (it was the first word in the comment).

Is there a lolcat inside the Stack Exchange database nomming on notifications? May I suggest you feed it?

lolcats always get peoples attention

P.S. I'm guessing this is a brand spanking new feature, but I can see this coming up a lot

  • Love that picture. xD <3 – CaTx Mar 13 '18 at 21:13
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Yes, this is new.

@lerting the post owner in a comment is not necessary. If comments are only between you and the post-owner, and nobody else is commenting, then an @lert to the post owner at the beginning of a comment will be removed.

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    I thought there was a canonical post by Jeff which explains how this is the greatest thing ever and not at all likely to confuse people, but I can't find it, so I'm registering it here: yet another user confused by this useless feature. – Gilles Jul 26 '12 at 22:35
  • @Gilles - my question about something similar was closed - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/148389/… - However, I am still confused by this. In this post - stackoverflow.com/questions/12588249/webcryptoapi-secure-or-not - I tried to add 'at'tntu while replying to tntu's comment but it disappeared. tntu is not post owner - so It shouldn't have disappeared, right? – user93353 Sep 26 '12 at 6:55
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    It is misleading to suddenly have your @tag vanish in only some cases. I have been using SO for a while, was really confused by this feature and then i had to search for like five minutes before i finally stumbled this (above) question and explanation. At any rate this is an inconsistent usability aspect and at the very least should have SOME indication about what happened IMHO. – fkl Oct 11 '12 at 6:19
  • I don't really like this feature. @name can be useful if you want to make it clear that you're responding to another comment and not commenting on the post. Also, if a user writes @name, there is a reason and so it should not be removed. – Donald Duck Mar 7 '17 at 20:00
  • @Rebecca Chernoff You said post owner. However, does it also work for answerers or other commenters as well? – HeavenlyHarmony Jun 15 '18 at 7:51

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