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.

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    $\begingroup$ But it is not always required. Sometimes it is even automatically stripped. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Nov 9, 2014 at 18:35
  • $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:02

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  • $\begingroup$ It took me ages to start using @. I did notice people using it, but I thought it was just way people chose to address each other without necessarily having any sort of notification associated with it. I missed both the paragraph above and the notifications on the inbox. Having said this, I suppose the problem here is me, I'm not a very visual person. $\endgroup$
    – Git Gud
    Nov 11, 2014 at 11:35
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    $\begingroup$ I have a habit of typing a space after the @ symbol. Hence I don't get a match. It would be nice if that was a common enough problem that it might be addressed. $\endgroup$ Jan 29, 2016 at 23:40

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