Recently I commented on Gershon Gold's answer here. Shortly thereafter (about 5 minutes), I noticed that friendly red notification icon in the top left corner. It was notifying me that Gershon had responded to my comment.

Screenshot from the StackExchange inbox, including notice of a comment, showing the title of the post it's on and the beginning of the comment, which does not include an @mention.

Just one thing. He never @mentioned my name. Nor is there the little pen icon next to his post, so it can't be that he mentioned me and then edited it out.

Jeff Atwood has said:


2. Response must include @username that you are referring to, where "username" is a reasonable match to the user's current display name (as seen in the comments above yours).

But is there another way to get notified by comments, besides for @mentions?

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The FAQ entry says:

If a user comments on their own post and there is only one person who has previously commented, then that person is also notified if @name is forgotten.

  • Ah! I was looking for that page, but I couldn't find it. Thanks!
    – HodofHod
    Commented Feb 24, 2012 at 5:25

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