# New users should be informed to use @ when replying

It's getting silly how many times I notice people not using @ when replying to someone. This is very concerning since the one who replies never gets an answer.

It should be written somewhere near the reply text box that @ is required if you wish to reply.

• But it is not always required. Sometimes it is even automatically stripped. – quid Nov 9 '14 at 18:35
• @Integrator thank you, I am well aware of this. My point was that it is not always necessary to write an @user for example in the case you mention. But there is also a slightly more subtle case, namely a postowner replying to the unique commenter on their post does not need to notify either. Or, as common generalization, as long as there are only two users (including the owner) involved in conversation on a post it is not necessary to use notification. And, then a notification might even be autodeleted on submission. Thus the problem might (or not) be less widespread than it appears. – quid Nov 10 '14 at 11:02