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How do comment @replies work?

How do the comment replies (aka "pinging users") work? Who can I send an @reply to? How do I respond to a specific user when entering my comment? Will they be notified? What do people mean ...
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How do comments work?

Across the Stack Exchange network you may leave comments on a question or answer. How do comments work? What are comments for, and when shouldn't I comment? Who can post comments? Who can edit ...
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Let's make it easier to reply within comments!

Here's my proposal. Every comment has a 'Reply' link after it. Clicking on this link adds the standard @UserName: to the comment edit box. After posting, the @UserName: is converted into a ...
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Don't remove the @ part of my comment

Recently I posted a comment on Stack Overflow on an answer by (say) Felix. He replied to the comment, and when replying to him I started my comment with "@Felix". Stack Overflow stripped that ...
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Allow more than one @name notification per comment

Now this is probably a surprise to many since I always see thousands of comments like the following(10k only): @Sarfraz, @balpha just told you they did in the first comment he wrote. Also, allowing ...
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Change all @username references in comments when a user changes their name?

The fact that a user can change their name at will can lead to some confusion in the comments. For instance, suppose a user named "foo" changes his name to "bar", all those comments signed by "foo" ...
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Dealing with "difficult" usernames in targeted comments

Once in a while you wish to address a comment to someone in particular, so you type @ and then you pause ... because the username is l̕aͨŵƦȆ̴̟̟͙̞ͩ͌͝ƞCͭ̏ȇ ƇhƐȓ0nè or Ωmega. Short of using copy-paste ...
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Micro-refinement to notifications for comments of others posts

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 ...
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Tell the user who will be notified of a comment

Note 2011/09/20: Jeff's marked this status-completed. I (the person making the request) disagree that what's been done, which is actually an implementation of this other request, meets this request ...
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@<name> comments should link to the named person's profile (like twitter)

When you respond to someone in a comment you use @PersonsName. Is there anyway it could be linked like this @Lucas McCoy
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Will edited comments reach addressees? [duplicate]

As we all know, if you want to make somebody aware of an response to a comment, you have to address them using @username if it's not their answer or question you're commenting in. (Sadly - Facebook ...
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Expand the username auto-completion to everyone who can be notified

@username auto-completion for comments was recently implemented, and is already active on MSO. However, it only seems to auto-complete the usernames of people who have commented on the post. ...
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Let me reply to one user among two having same names in comments

Suppose there are two users that have commented on an answer. Both have the same user name, and I want to reply to one of them. How can I do this? It appears that, under the current system, there is ...
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The StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ says I've got replies, but I've already viewed those

The StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ says I've got replies, but I've already viewed those.
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Allow for Comment Reply to Usernames With Less Than Three Characters in First Word

I know this is somewhat of a rare request/edge case, but this is becoming really annoying. In the faq, which I've linked to below, you state that for the comment reply system to work, There must ...
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Are bounty placers notified of comments?

The rules governing @User comment replies are described at length, but don't address bounties. If I put a bounty on someone else's question, will I be notified of undirected comments? Can people ...
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When exactly do I get comment notifications? [duplicate]

Incredibly, I couldn't find a single, consolidated and up-to-date answer for this question. All I found was people complaining about missing notifications, discussions about changes in the ...
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Allow rejected editors to be @replied to

Within the canonical answer on how-do-comment-replies-work it is clear that post editors can be replied to. Notifications apply to the author, users with active bounties, commenters (associated ...
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Do users get notifications when @ was edited in

I always wondered if users get notified about comments were their name was edited in afterwards. Example: I write a comment See this link here then I edit it to @someuser: See this link here ...
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Auto-expand @username in comments to keep the username up-to-date

Comment-discussions are becoming very inconsistent if users change their names, so it might be a good idea if @username would be automatically replaced by @userno on submission and autoexpanded to the ...
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Add @reply autocomplete when commenting on the Android app

When commenting, having an autocomplete when you want to @reply to a user would be wonderful (similar to the one available on the desktop site). Normally when I'm on mobile site, I can copy/paste the ...
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No notification for comment reply when using Dupe Hammer along with other close voters

User who cast a binding close vote on a question should be notified when someone comment-reply him/her, even without ever leaving a comment. This still works fine when I am the only close voter, e.g. ...
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Prevent (or at least notify about) display names shorter than 3 chars

Until yesterday my display name was 2 characters. This ended when I started wondering about some issues with comments and notifications, went to meta, and found out that there is an important ...
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How do I view the recent replies to things I have written?

How can I see recent activity, such as when someone answers one of my questions, leaves a comment reply to me, edits one of my posts, or votes on my posts? How do I see recent activity on my "...
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Global inbox message not updated after comment edit

At the moment, I have the latest notification in the global inbox, content of which does not correspond either to the comment itself or the copy of it on "recent responses" page. This seems like the ...
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The `dot` in username within first 3 character preventing from comment replies?

The dot(.) in username within first 3 character preventing from comment replies? Because I never got replies from anyone else using that feature.
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Advanced Syntax Ideas

The one useful thing I was ever taught in HCI was always give advanced users "hidden" short cuts and features. Things a noob is not interested in but a power user can easily take advantage ...
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Unanswered Question - Answered in comments [duplicate]

I am relatively new to SO and see this very often. As the title suggests there are many questions that are answered in comments itself and they remain unanswered forever. Shouldn't there be an option ...
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Don't block comments with two @lerts if one of them is @postowner

Comments containing more than one @lert are blocked now unless they contain a backtick. In principle this is a good idea: it educates unexperienced users, while experienced users still have a ...
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Are users who have a suggested edit rejected valid targets for @comment replies?

After reading Suggested edits that add an answer to the question, linked in the comments was a suggested edit that was rejected. I thought I'd leave a comment to the new user who suggested it so they ...
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Way to convert an answer to a comment?

I answered a question which Dennis Washington correctly pointed should have been a comment than an answer. Is there any way to change an answer to a comment while still respecting the sentiments of ...
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Is the @reply in a comment to the editor of a post broken?

According to Jeff's answer, @replies to post editors are implemented: So you can now @reply to editors of a post even if they haven't commented. Yet, I just tried to address the editor of a question ...
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Add "Reply" link to comment that pre-populates comment box with @username

In relation to this problem, I propose that a new link, reply, be added added after the time indication on comments which opens the comment box and pre-populates it with the @username of the comment ...
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Why only one @user per comment?

Why does Stack Overflow only allow one @User per comment? This restriction lead me to a non-comment like this: @MiMo - seem my previous comment (Only one @ user per comment) Which left me ...
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Add the comments @ auto-complete to mobile theme

When browsing the mobile theme of Stack Exchange sites, when I type a @ sign followed by a letter, it never auto completes the username for the comment like it does on the full site theme. I think ...
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Should the site prompt new users to include an @name in comments?

Lots of the first questions come with insufficient information, context and eventually left unanswered after days. While other users comment below requesting more info, the inexperienced OP usually ...
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Using @ signs in comments without invoking comment replies?

How can I put the @ sign in a comment without referring to a person? I want to have six @ characters in a comment (ruby on rails variables), but when I try to do this, I'm getting an error about ...
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Notify on deletion of replied-to comment

There are quite a lot of apparent monologues in comments which where actually replies to other comments leaving an incomplete conversation. If the original commenter wants to delete his comment, those ...
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Alert users as to why their @lert is being removed from comments

While I personally despise this change, so long as we have to live with it it needs to be made clearer to new users. I've seen people who are not aware of the @ syntax's affect on notifications get ...
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@Peter works for Péter Török?

Not to single him out or anything, but just wondering if I can just do @Peter to address a reply to him, or if I have to copy and paste every time.
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Do users receive notifications for replies if the target comment is deleted?

Assuming the following, not entirely hypothetical exchange of comments: User A: user B is a moron Moderator C: @userA insulting other users is not acceptable, ... Moderator C also deleted the ...
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Comment notification special characters

It was pointed out to me today that I don't need to copy and paste the Æ in "Æther" to respond to her comments, the system accepts "Aether" as well. I'm curious to know if this is a special case for ...
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Provide more user feedback for unsuccessful comment replies

The comment reply system is, at first glance, a fairly elegant and simple system that solves a fundamental problem with comments. However, there are many pitfalls and edge cases that even experienced ...
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If I change my display name, will the change reflect in comments?

I am interested in changing my display name to my full name, but am concerned about losing the connective tissue in the comment threads I participated in. Because @name links do not appear to be ...
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What is the syntax of @username in comments when username has spaces? [duplicate]

I like the new @username feature of comments. However, what syntax do I use when the username has spaces (or perhaps other weird characters) in it?
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Does @OP also notify the OP?

According to How do comment replies work? and explicitly stated in What responses will trigger an OP’s red-envelope icon?, you should use @OP's-user-name to notify the OP of a question when commenting ...
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Comment, directed to me, not shown in inbox or responses

I think I've detected a bug. A user directed a comment to me yesterday, and the direction (@TomZych) appears to be correct. However, it's not listed in my inbox, nor in the list of responses on my ...
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Reply to comment feature request

Maybe I'm creating a dupe here, but here goes... Similar questions: Make recent activity and responses show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don’t own them) and Let’s ...
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What responses will show up in an OP's inbox?

In some cases I would like to make sure that an OP is notified of a comment I make (because, say, the comment is in some way a request for more information). I expect that if I comment directly on ...
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Why are editors not suggested as targets of @ comments? [duplicate]

When replying to a user in a comment, their name is automatically suggested in a pop-up: But that only works if they have already left a comment. Sometimes I want to notify a user who has made a ...
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