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This change also makes it harder to teach by example. When a new user enters a site, I make sure to reply to them in the form "@newuser: What do you mean by X? Y or Z? (Use @Jan in your reply and I get a notification)" This teaches them right from the start how the commenting system works. I know that you also get a notification without an @lert when no one ...


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I agree. The system should minimize instances where it automatically modifies user input. If you feel that the system should automatically modify user input, it should allow the user to override. Not allowing the user to override is offensive. Let the user say what they want to say, and if it's a problem, address it by moderation. If there is no mechanism ...


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I've been meaning to make this change for a while, so this was a good nudge to finally do it: From the next build on, if a comment thread contains a comment by a user whose name starts with a non-ASCII letter, then just typing @ will bring the tab completer up with that name: If all reply candidates start with "normal" letters (or numbers), then the tab ...


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You can reference another user using their name, and optionally by linking to a relevant question or answer that they wrote, or to their profile page. This isn't the same as the @ reply used in comments, which actually isn't a reference to a user, but a reply to them. See How do comment @replies work? for more information about comment @ replies. If your ...


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Why must the classification of signal or noise be binary? Redundant addressing might legitimately fall between the two. Even if you do consider it noise, it is the most easily ignored noise possible, always in the same place with the same format. I believe the downsides of this feature outweigh the upsides. Edit: I believe the proper categorization of the @...


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On a question, you will receive notifications automatically for comments on the question only, not the answers. One exception is auto generated comments, like closing as duplicate: you will not get notified of such comments. On an answer, you will receive notifications automatically for comments on your answer. On any question or answer, you will receive ...


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(This is coming at it from a different perspective, so I'm posting an answer rather than editing the question yet again.) I think most if not all of the SE sites have the same statement Stack Overflow does: "We don’t run Stack Overflow. The community does." At this point, some days after this started, more than seven eight nine ten times as many people ...


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I know all has been said. I know I cannot upvote twice. Maybe a picture helps. Below, @ajax333221 was removed, and also that original author is not listed as this a community wiki post: That bothers me a lot.


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Humor is okay, but we're here to solve problems Well, it's one thing to slip in a casual, yet related, joke to a question about a real, actual programming problem that you're facing, but if the sole purpose of the post is simply to get a rise out of people, then this just isn't the place for that. I use Stack Overflow a lot in my work. When I land on a ...


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Perhaps a mixed solution will suffice in these cases. My suggestion would be to append the users unique id to the username when auto-completing the @replies - perhaps within brackets. The resulting @reply would appear as the username - but the notification would be sent to the correct user. To compliment this feature we could also have the user_id ...


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I didn't want the system to modify my comment in the first place. Please don't make the system modify my comment any further. Further modifications require assumptions that aren't always true.


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There is absolutely no need for a feature that allows you to mark a comment as an answer. In fact, that goes against one of the primary tenants of the site: questions and answers are the primary focus, while comments are just "noise". The better solution is to simply leave an @username reply for that person, informing them that their comment actually ...


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After experimentation within this question the current behaviour* has been found to be as follows: If at any point @yourname was in a comment you will get a notification in your inbox. But you will only get a red(1) notification if @yourname is currently in the comment (either originally or by edit), i.e. if @yourname is edited out and you haven't seen ...


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I want to reply to the mod commenting on it after deletion. How can I do this? You don't. Mods can comment on deleted posts so that they can explain why the post was deleted or otherwise assist the author in better using the site. If a moderator comments on a post either after deletion or immediately before, consider it a courtesy and pay attention to ...


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Use backticks: `@@@@@@`


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And they should support the :commentId format in comments just like the :messageId in chat. And if the Apple Steve Jobs Commemorative iSocial iNetwork©™® comes out with the username syntax, they should add that! Hmm, now the programmer in me has seen 3 cases and wants to refactor. Maybe any symbol should be allowed to start? %username and ...


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I dislike this block. In general I feel annoyed by SOs recent tendency to cripple comments. The "Move to chat" reminder[No I don't want to, STFU], block @poster [But I want to address him], silently remove @somebody addresses, ... The current solution invites comment spam. For me the @poster isn't just about notifications, it's about what I want to address. ...


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Use backticks ` to make the @ mention into an inline code block.


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I am a mathematics professor who has been very active on both Math Overflow and the newer math.SE. The help that I give to others on the site is often on the professional level: indeed, a substantial proportion of the hundreds of questions I have answered on that site have required my expertise as a post-PhD mathematician. Nor has it been one-sided, not at ...


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I support this request, but I'd like to suggest a minor modification: If the the first comments where form John, John Doe, john and john, it might be difficult to figure out which John @john-2 will notify. I'd prefer the unambiguous @userid.


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Flag the question for moderator attention. Explain in detail what's going on. This is something of an odd situation, so you'll want to make sure the moderator responding has enough information. You could also flag individual comments, as Tim ManishEarth suggests... However, moderators don't see the identity of the person flagging when it comes to comment ...


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No, it is not. If one appreciates the comment and wants to show it, they can vote it up via the arrow to the left of the comment: The tooltip even says "this is a great comment". Putting another comment just to say "your comment" was great is noise and should be flagged as "not constructive / off-topic" or "chatty" (or if you want, something custom, but ...


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Looks like you can. This comment notified @JeremyBanks. Interesting functionality, since the autocomplete doesn't work. Undirected comments have no effect. Regarding undirected replies, I guess it's the duty of the bounty giver to keep track of it themselves. Remember, there are truckloads of comments on the answers as well--and it's good for the ...


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Google+ already supports @user syntax. The solution to your problem is to use @user everywhere which already works and is semantically meaningful, not to add the silly +user syntax to Stack Overflow. + doesn't convey the same semantics as @ at all, and it's only shoehorned into Google+ to keep with their dumb "+1" thing.


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You forgot option 5: Flag the comment! Flagging is the go-to option in cases like these. When something bad is happening – but the system doesn't let you handle it – flag it. Our mods have unicorn powers and can deal with it. Usually. They can delete the comments, send him a mod message (warning of suspension), etc. Use the "other" option in ...


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Yes. As @michaelb958 and other tested in this same question. I got all those three notifications after their edit.


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To quote two specific bullet points from the "How do the names get matched?" section of the FAQ you linked: Matching is performed in reverse chronological order, so if five people named John are participating, @john will match the most recent John. (Use the next rule to differentiate.) Spaces are removed from the display names for matching purposes. ...


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I talked about this with Jeff this week. The plan is to allow people to optionally leave comments on rejects so we can help teach people how to edit. Not implemented yet.


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I followed your link to Lawrence's profile and from there to an answer of his. I clicked Add Comment and typed @l whereupon the autocomplete offered me his whole name. For Ωmega I couldn't find a letter to type that triggered the autocomplete - I expect copy and paste would work.


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