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Lately I've seen that whenever the comments are directed at me, I no longer see «@username blah blah», but just «blah, blah».

I don't think this is a good idea.

People will start to forget to put @, specially the new users(many may not even notice that is how we direct a comment to a user if they've never read a comment with the @).

Isn't there the possibility of turning back?

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  • $\begingroup$ If you are the owner of the post, then @Anoldis not needed, and is automatically removed. May be that is what you have seen? $\endgroup$ Nov 30 '16 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ @JyrkiLahtonen I'm referring to the case when I'm not the owner of the comment... $\endgroup$ Nov 30 '16 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ Here's an example: math.stackexchange.com/questions/619778/… I cannot read my name in the comment of the other user, but it still showed up in my message box. $\endgroup$ Nov 30 '16 at 17:21
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There are some situations when a user is notified about comments even without being addressed using @username syntax.

Details on how work can be found here: How do comment @replies work?

The situation you linked to in your comment is mentioned there too:

Note if a user comments on their own post and there is only one person who has previously commented, then that person is also notified if @name is not included.

You posted the first comment under this post and the only other person who commented there was the post owner. Which is reason why you were notified, even without @username.

This situation is also described in this older post: When is @ ping necessary to cause comment notification to take place?

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    $\begingroup$ Nice summary. I would just stress that the situation is like this since a long time. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Nov 30 '16 at 18:21

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