I am usually pinged with my full username [Dr. Shmuel]. However, sometimes people will remove the dot.

I have it on record that rov (1, 2, 3) of the moderators have pinged me as [DrShmuel] without using this dot.

Some question are now begged.

In the course of normal conversation in the comments, am may be pinged even with an [@] if I was directly prior to the next comment. However, with this pinging method not including the dot [DrShmuel] I receive no pings whatsoever. Even when I would have normally been pinged (see fig. 3) through the succession system in the comments. I presume the system thinks a certain [DrShmuel] is being paged, and leaves me [Dr. Shmuel] out of it.

Is the system supposed to ignore dots? Or has this all been a case of mistaken dots.

  • 2
    The easiest solution, of course, is to just remove the dot from your name.
    – DonielF
    Aug 12, 2019 at 23:33
  • 1
    @DanielF I see.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Aug 12, 2019 at 23:43
  • @Dr.Shmuel Great reply.
    – Oliver
    Aug 23, 2019 at 5:35

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I think you're seeing "manual" pings as opposed to auto-completed ones.

(1) is mine. I was using my phone at the time and didn't get the "pop-up" for auto-completion that we get on the desktop site. I thought that was just a client-side problem and would be fixed in the posted comment, but I guess not. Typing on a phone is somewhat challenging; I apologize for that, and also for the lack of capitalization.

(2) was almost certainly typed manually; you don't have any comments there, but comments can ping people who've edited a post. So there, too, your name was imperfectly typed. (I have no special knowledge of #3.)

I conclude from this that @-pings must be exact in order to actually produce the notification, and that when we need to type them manually we have to be extra-careful. I didn't know that omitted punctuation would block a ping, since (I know from being on the receiving end) case mismatch does not block.

  • I’ve manually typed DrShmuel and he was pinged, so I’m not sure if your conclusion is correct. Then again, I usually use the iOS app, which has some bugs in commenting anyway.
    – DonielF
    Aug 12, 2019 at 23:32
  • @DonielF Interesting.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Aug 12, 2019 at 23:45
  • @drshmuel test ping
    – Double AA Mod
    Aug 14, 2019 at 13:40
  • @DoubleAA no show
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Aug 15, 2019 at 2:11
  • @dr. test ping.
    – Double AA Mod
    Aug 15, 2019 at 11:54
  • 1
    @DoubleAA Bingo.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Aug 15, 2019 at 13:18

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