Occasionally when posting a comment I find that the @username that I generally put at the start gets dropped when I save it. This is normally correctable by editing and re-saving the comment. Somewhat annoying but not the end of the world.

Tonight I was posting a comment to this question and despite twice editing and re-saving it, the "@Frerich" that I was trying to put at the beginning just kept getting dropped. I gave up at that point.

Using Google Chrome version 22.0.1229.79 on OS X 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion), with all updates applied.

  • This is not a bug; meta.stackexchange.com/questions/97098/… Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 9:55
  • dammit, Mark, one single second.
    – tombull89
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 9:57
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    Wtf meta auto converted my answer to a comment!! Now THAT is annoying Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 9:58
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    @MarkHenderson, yes, that's also by-design, as explained here - and also managed to confuse another mod here
    – tombull89
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 10:01
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    Ok, it's not a bug but that just means it's really poor and unfriendly design. Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 10:03

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This, to the best of my knowledge, is actually . In this MSO thread, it says that as you could only be replying to the person that asked the question (in your example) then the @Username is stripped out automatically. If you can fully understand that answer in its entirety I would be more than impressed as it's not exactly clear.

  • I'm sure you'll understand if I don't bother to read anything that justifies such absurd design. Thanks for the answer. Of course that doesn't explain why I can normally edit the name back in. Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 9:59
  • And now I have to wait another minute before I can accept your answer. Gotta love devs who understand UI design. :/ Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00
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    To be honest, I don't think it's justifiable, apart from "to reduce clutter and noise" or to save some precious database bytes.
    – tombull89
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 10:02

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