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Can I use @Username to notify users from within my question or answer?

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If I write a question or an answer, sometimes I want to notify specific users because of the context of my question or answer (for example if I post a follow-up question to an answer from another question).

Can I use the comment function @Username to notify users from within my question or answer?

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Let's please not!

I know different people have different views on this, but if the focus is on the question and on getting quality answers, then why would it matter who answers, to the extent that you actually need to notify a particular user about your question?

If someone is interested in a particular subject area, that person is likely to keep an eye out for questions about that anyway. Therefore, it seems likely that they would see the question whether or not there is some kind of explicit notification mechanism implemented.

If someone says in a comment "you really should break that question into its own post so it can get the attention it deserves", then a follow-up comment with a link might be reasonable; but that's already possible, and doesn't require naming the user in question in the question. Heck, the user might not even want their name publicly and perpetually associated with the question.

This kind of feature might work reasonably within a closed team, where you might otherwise e-mail or IM a particular person with your question. However, I don't think it's particularly relevant to the use case of public Q&A.

At an absolute minimum, if this gets implemented, it needs to be optional and selectable by each user whether they want to be able to be alerted in this manner or not, and that option needs to default to off. It probably also needs to be a per-site setting whether to allow use of such a feature at all.

It also needs to tackle the issue of multiple users having the same display name. How to differentiate between a dozen users who all have the display name "John Doe"?

Personally, I would likely, and certainly before long, treat such notifications as spam.

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Not at the moment, and it's not a planned feature. To be able to do this, we'd need to find a way to design the feature to avoid abuse - if you could notify Jon Skeet on every C# question you ever had, that'd be great, but I'm pretty sure he'd get tired of it.

There may be use cases for this kind of "notify X about your post", like SO for Teams has, but it would need some design consideration first.

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I totally agree that this is a feature i'd prefer to be left out. It is to hard to implement in a way that doesn't get abused.

The need for @mentions is rendered essentially moot through the proper implementation of notifications that can be customised by the end user.

IE - I want notifications on any posts or answers i've interacted with including comments.

if i'm a high volume poster modifying that to notifications on posts but not answers or comments.

The only place the @mentions really work is the first use case which, with our notifications doesn't offer us anything new.

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