With the rise of twitter, it has become now fairly commonplace to use the @Username format to reply to someone. I was wondering if there would be a way to have the system detect that use to 1) create a hyperlink to the mentioned person's profile page and 2) to create a notification (à la twitter) to the mentioned person (possibly on a dedicated page instead of via email).
Indeed, this already works. See:
The notation you're looking for is specific to comments, but broadly speaking, notifications will occur for
- new answers to your questions
- comments on your posts
- comments which reply using
@usernamenotation to an earlier comment you left