After changing my user name to D B Lim, it seems whenever someone does @D or @D B Lim, I don't get a notification. Is this some kind of glitch? Should I change my username to one that is just one word?


  • 3
    $\begingroup$ To help with the diagnostics: did Srivatsan's comment here reach you or not? Note that @D definitely doesn't work, as three characters from the username are at least required. $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Sep 5 '11 at 12:15
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. No it did not work. $\endgroup$ – user5783 Sep 5 '11 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ @DB: There's an exception if there are spaces in your user name. I just tested that one can notify you with @DB, although this has only 2 characters. $\endgroup$ – Hendrik Vogt Sep 5 '11 at 15:16

You need to remove the spaces to get the notification working if the first part of your username is only one letter, so @dbl or @dblim should work.

See How do comment @replies work? for much more details about the comment notifications.

  • $\begingroup$ Personally, I find it quite confusing when I find names that had spaces or dots in between. This post seems very useful. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Srivatsan Sep 5 '11 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ It is interesting to note that @DB (or @db) also works. $\endgroup$ – Hendrik Vogt Sep 5 '11 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Srivatsan: You may want to have a look at this userscript or that one $\endgroup$ – t.b. Sep 5 '11 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Theo Wow, that should be really useful. Thanks! (A separate thanks for pointing me to stackapps. I hadn't known about this...) $\endgroup$ – Srivatsan Sep 5 '11 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Hen Do those two-char names work per doc or per actual confirmed use? $\endgroup$ – Bill Dubuque Sep 6 '11 at 5:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Bill: Well, you know what "documentation" means here - most of it is written by the community itself, after actual confirmed use. However, in this case it's documented in an answer by a developer, namely balpha. (That @DB will work is not really documented there; this I tested myself.) $\endgroup$ – Hendrik Vogt Sep 6 '11 at 7:46

Click the "help" link underneath the Add Comment button:

The post author will always be notified of your comment. To also notify a previous commenter, mention their user name: @peter or @PeterSmith will both work. Learn more…

The implication is that the user's name is "Peter Smith" so the lack of space is indicated there.

Additionally the Learn More link to https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/editing-help#comment-formatting is HIGHLY recommended.

  • $\begingroup$ I find it quite strange that the software does not somehow warn you when you type in an invalid at-name. Can't you simply highlight invalid at-names somehow? i.e. names which will not be pinged. I suppose my prior suggestion was too much work (i.e. also highlighting valid at-names and their targeted comment in matching colors - to achieve WYSIWYG adressing). $\endgroup$ – Bill Dubuque Sep 6 '11 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ @BillDubuque Your post here has not given me any notifications. Aren't I supposed to get one? $\endgroup$ – user5783 Sep 6 '11 at 2:10
  • $\begingroup$ @DBL Iirc only the author of the parent of the comment thread is defaultly notified (here Jeff). I don't know if it works to ping the questioner in a comment thread they are not in. Jeff? But I think this DBL ping should work. Did it? $\endgroup$ – Bill Dubuque Sep 6 '11 at 2:14
  • $\begingroup$ @BillDubuque How come (at)DBL gives me a notification? $\endgroup$ – user5783 Sep 6 '11 at 2:51
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @DBL See Fabian's answer. $\endgroup$ – Bill Dubuque Sep 6 '11 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ @DB, I can confirm what Bill wrote: if no @ syntax is used, then you'll only be notified of comments to your posts, and this is Jeff's post. Thus, I used @DB to notify you of this comment, and it only works because you already participated in the comments here. Bill in his first comment had no way of notifying you. $\endgroup$ – Hendrik Vogt Sep 6 '11 at 11:07

You must log in to answer this question.