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How to mention a user

I recently noticed this sentence in the help section:

You can @mention users anywhere in the text to point their attention, follow users and conversations and report inappropriate content by flagging it.

However, I seem to be too stupid to use it ... I tried:

  • @< username >
  • @mention < username >

What is the correct way to use this neat trick?

/edit: removed the space in the first syntax

bit-pirate's avatar
asked 2013-02-24 19:48:08 -0500, updated 2013-02-25 23:31:36 -0500
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@bit-pirate tries to mention himself.

bit-pirate's avatar bit-pirate (2013-02-25 23:28:14 -0500) edit
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@bit-pirate works fine. I think the problem is you are giving a space between @ and username in your first syntax.

mether's avatar
answered 2013-02-25 22:12:15 -0500
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You are correct. It works - at least here. Somehow the same thing doesn't seem to work over at ROS Answers, e.g. (here). Any idea why?

bit-pirate's avatar bit-pirate (2013-02-25 23:32:13 -0500) edit

Thanks for the link, I will look at this issue tomorrow.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2013-02-25 23:38:04 -0500) edit

Its now working as expected over at ROS Answers. Maybe there was just a temporal clitch ...

bit-pirate's avatar bit-pirate (2013-03-12 18:43:23 -0500) edit

Using (@qubit) syntax immediately after parentheses didn't work in 0.7.43....let's see if it works now :-)

qubit's avatar qubit (2013-03-19 01:59:30 -0500) edit

Hi @Evgeny, why to not use the same feature that's used on the private messages to access directly to the users db without that our users must read and copy exactly the user name? Someway is very fastidious to copy all the nickname and in other way ( with very stranges nick ) is impossibile and happen very often that someone wrong. There is that function on the Private Messages so HOW to use it on the answer or comment? Do you prefere that I open a new question ? I've yet opened here ( but without solution :(

I Like AskBot's avatar I Like AskBot (2013-07-07 02:11:41 -0500) edit
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