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TalonMan said:

As you all should know by now, awhile back I had added the ability to "mention" another user (ala Discord) by typing an "@" symbol, followed by the username. It was a rudimentary, hand-coded feature that sort of worked for the most part (barring the annoying notification, if somebody happened to quote a mentioned username). 

When I upgraded the text editor that you are all now using, I was able to implement a more sophisticated "mention" capability that provided for username lookup - this has now been fully implemented and is the ONLY way mentioning will work, from here forward (simply typing the "@" followed by a username will NO LONGER do anything - you MUST pick a username off the drop-down list that pops up, while typing the username).

You will know you've done it correctly, as users that are properly "mentioned" will have their username color-coded (depending on their role on the website):

SiteAdmin are red - @Machina 

GameDB are purple - @Bisa 

Moderators are green - @CGI-Quality 

Our PL Admin is pink - @kirby007 

Writers are blue - @trunkswd 

And general users are black - @SpokenTruth 

(...and yes, I've just annoyed each one of these users with a mention!!!)

Any troubles or problems, please let me know...

...oh, and the issue with quoted mentions is also fixed - you will no longer receive a secondary notification if somebody happens to quote a mentioned user!

Edit: At some point in the near future, I will further enhance this so that the mentioned usernames link to the user's profile. For now, they're just colored text.

Couple of quick updates:

 1 - I discovered that using the mention while creating a new thread, wasn't working - this is fixed now. Just the same, since they didn't receive notifications in my original post, I'm gonna annoy them with notifications now!!

SiteAdmin are red - @Machina 

GameDB are purple - @Bisa 

Moderators are green - @CGI-Quality 

Our PL Admin is pink - @kirby007 

Writers are blue - @trunkswd 

And general users are black - @SpokenTruth 

2 - I'm aware the "black" for general users while using the "dark" theme, sucks - I'll work on a better color choice

3 - The mention capabilities will NOT work in the "mobile" version of the editor! This is an unfortunate restriction in the mobile interface, that I have no control over. Which means I'm forced into one or two decisions:

    - Allow for manually typing a "mention" as I had originally designed (the onus being on the user to correctly type the "@" sign, followed by the complete and accurate username)

    - Add a setting to the User Preference page, which will allow users to disable the mobile editor and see the full desktop version of the editor while in mobile.

I'm going to have to think on #3 here for a bit, before making a decision - so for now, please just be aware that there is an intentional limitation in the mobile editor, and that limitation is not something I can control at the moment...