Don't remove the @ part of my comment
A brief scan through similar questions here on Meta revealed that apparently SO staff regards the feature useful for removing noise.
I beg to disagree and humbly suggest that aside from serving as mere notification triggers, references also indicate the intended recipient to us, readers.
References make following the discussion easier. Current approach distracts attention every time an unreferenced comment comes up: Are there at least three users involved? Or was the reference simply omitted? To whom was the comment intended for anyway?
In short, is @name noise really so bad that it justifies inconsistent referencing which distracts more than it helps?