Whenever I make a reply to an answer or a comment I precede my text with @name reference, so the relevant person gets notified. The question is, when a name is comprised of several fields, separated by spaces, do I need to copy all of the fields, or will the first one work as well for the purpose of notification?


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According to the blog post that announced the feature:

Spaces are ignored in the match, so if the person’s display name is “Peter Smith” then just use @peter to match, or @petersmith.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! (OK filling the space so I can post the "Thanks!"... ;-) \$\endgroup\$
    – ysap
    Jan 25, 2011 at 16:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ysap, and if you check now, you'll see there's a little help button next to comments which explains that (and other details). (Note that it also works for two letter first names) \$\endgroup\$
    – Benjol
    Feb 3, 2011 at 6:16

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