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In this question I was trying to write this comment:

@RichardFreedman @MattJenkins @vicatcu please check my edit to the question and see if I have understood correctly. Thanks!

No matter how many times I tried to edit or repost it always removes "@RichardFreedman". Why is it doing this? Does it have something to do with him being the OP?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It worked for me when I tried it. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 1 '11 at 14:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ But the "@Kellenjb" was removed from the previous comment too! :-( \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 1 '11 at 14:17
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@lerting the post owner in a comment is not necessary. If comments are only between you and the post-owner, and nobody else is commenting, then an @lert to the post owner at the beginning of a comment will be removed.

You can only notify one person in a comment. So in your example, you'd be notifying the post owner, except that the post owner is always notified of a comment on one of their posts without being named in it. Matt and vicatcu would not receive a notification. By removing the post owner from the beginning of a comment, we're freeing up a notification slot to Matt. Note that vicatcu still will not be notified.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I am not sure what other users think of this, but it seems very annoying to me. It seems like the amount of work done to realize that the @lerting was to the post owner and then editing the comment could just as easily have gone to looking at @lerting for multiple people in one post. \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Jul 1 '11 at 15:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ I am also not a big fan of a website automatically changing the content of my post, especially with out alerting me first, even when it is something as minor as removing an @name. \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Jul 1 '11 at 15:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Like I commented under the question, I tried to comment under the question @Kellenjb mentioned, with exactly the same text, and it didn't remove "@RichardFreeman". I have the impression that this may be a bug. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 1 '11 at 15:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh, please read my post more closely. It only happens when only one person besides the post owner is involved in the comments. It is just noise at that point, but when someone else gets involved, the text isn't messed with for clarity. \$\endgroup\$ – Rebecca Chernoff Jul 1 '11 at 15:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Rebecca Chernoff In my situation removing the @RichardFreeman hurt the clarity of my post as it made it seem like I didn't care for him to edit his own post. I don't understand how that is noise at all. \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Jul 1 '11 at 15:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ i can confirm, i did not recieve a notification... unfortunate limitation \$\endgroup\$ – vicatcu Jul 1 '11 at 19:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Vicatcu I guess in the future I will just need to make several comments, each referencing different people. :-) \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Jul 1 '11 at 19:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Rebecca Was this a newly implemented feature? I never remember running across this before and it has managed to catching me twice in 1 day. I am pretty sure I am so used to doing it I don't even think about it. \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Jul 1 '11 at 20:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I tend to always type "@first last" and the site strips off the @first and leaves just the last name. \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Jul 1 '11 at 20:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kellenjb, yes it is new, see meta.stackexchange.com/q/97098/140548 for more details. \$\endgroup\$ – Rebecca Chernoff Jul 1 '11 at 20:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree that @lerting the post author is noise and removing it makes sense since putting the @alert there is pointless in the first place. However, I think it would be useful if a comment can alert multiple people that are not post owners. Of course that's easy for me to say since I don't have to modify the code to do that. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Jul 2 '11 at 13:26

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