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How to get someone's attention with @mentions

Discussion in 'About This Site' started by Forest, Oct 27, 2014.

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  1. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    You may have seen in different posts on the forum where someone's username appears like this:
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    These are "@mentions" and are a great way to draw someone's attention to a specific post.
    This is a similar concept to tagging someone in a post on Facebook. This thread is a tutorial on how to @mention someone in a post. You can find a video demonstrating all these steps at the end of this post.

    How to @mention someone in a post

    Start writing your post in a new or existing thread. When you want to @mention someone, start with the @ symbol, and then start typing the username you want. (Do not put a space between the @ symbol and the username.)
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    You should see a list of usernames show up after you start typing the beginning of the username:
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    Click on the username of the person you want to @mention, and then continue with the rest of your post. You can also just type in the username yourself without using the drop-down menu.

    Here's what your completed post should look like:
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    Notice that in the post itself, the @mentioned person's name will also automatically become a link to their forum profile and other details:
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    If someone has @mentioned you in a post, you should also get a notification on the forum letting you know who tagged you and what thread they tagged you in. Look in the top-right corner of the forum, under the "Alerts" tab.
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    I should add that you don't want to overload people with @mentions. Consider who it is you are @mentioning in a post. For instance, you probably don't want to @mention TMS celebrities such as Steve Ozanich a lot. For me, as I say in the video, I'm not great at writing so @mentioning me may not get me to post in the thread.

    Overall, though, this is a great way to notify people about certain discussions happening on the forum, and is a great way to pull them into the conversation, especially if you think they would enjoy contributing to the discussion!

     

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  2. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks, Forest. This is very good information on getting more people to share ideas about TMS.
     

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