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User QiL responded in a comment to a previous comment I made about his answer to a question.
To my knowledge I have not been advised, although he wrote @GeorgesElencwajg in that comment.

Why is that?

1) Because my "about me" is blank? (stackexchange has my e-mail address, though)
2) Because there was no space between @Georges and Elencwajg ? However I think some users did put a blank when addressing me in their comments and I wasn't advised either.
3) Because I don't know where to look?
4) For some other reason?

(Apologies if this has already been asked)

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See here and here for the official info on the @ reply system.

Reason 1 is not correct; you will receive your notifications whenever you are logged in on an SE site (if you mean email notification, that is something you have to opt into; however the "about me" section does not affect this either).

Note that only the first three letters have to be a match; so reason 2 is definitely not it (in fact when typing an @ reply, the system provides you with a list of users in the comment thread, for convenience; all of its suggestions take the user name and strip the spaces).

Regarding reason 3: the notifications are displayed in the global inbox on the upper left corner of the site; a notification will look like

global inbox

(that is where you can set up your email notifications if you want).

So, as far as I can tell there should be no reason for you not to have been notified. However I do have a guess: seeing that QiL's comment was edited, perhaps the original comment had the @ reply in a situation where it would not work, and then it was edited to its current form; if the system doesn't know to recheck a comment for new notifications after an edit, you wouldn't have received one. But I don't know if that's what happened, or if that's how the system works.

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  • $\begingroup$ Dear @Zev: thanks a lot for your swift answer, which completely solves my problem and as a bonus gives a lot of interesting information on the way the site works. So the answer was reason 3): I didn't know where to look! Now that I know where it is, I see that the global inbox works perfectly and I just saw the test comment you added under QiL's answer.Fantastic! All the best, $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Jan 18 '12 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ Actually that inbox is even more fabulous than I would have hoped: I can actually access 28 pages of comments to my past answers! Talk of a backlog! But I'm looking forward to catching up: comments are always quite interesting on our site (and I certainly don't mean just those related to my answers) $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Jan 18 '12 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Georges: Very glad to help! $\endgroup$ – Zev Chonoles Jan 18 '12 at 20:30

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