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I am facing a pretty weird bug. Sometime, when I type an '@username' at the start of a comment, it disappears when I submit the comment. If I afterwards click on edit, the '@username' is not present in the comment text body either.

Specific instance occured in this question. Putting in another comment had the same bug. This has occured before, but I though it was just a freak accident.

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Was the username the person that wrote the question/answer that you're commenting on? I've seen this recently as well. My guess is that it is a new feature where the username is removed because it's implied.

(Personally, I think explicit is better than implicit, but I suppose there is some merit in this).

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    correct, the post owner is always notified of all comments so @postowner is never required. We auto-remove it if the only people commenting are you and the post owner. (protip: @username is also not required for post owner response comments in the same situation.. we assume the post owner is never talking to him or herself...) – Jeff Atwood Jul 11 '11 at 10:54

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