Twitter, facebook, GitHub, Slack, trello, Pivotal Tracker… and those are just the things I use every day! @ is pretty standard.ecwpa wrote:Maybe using @ isn't a great idea since there's a big change for people mentioning actual twitter handles, maybe it should be something like reddit mentions, they mention users like this /u/username since user profiles have URLs like reddit.com/r/username, so using /u/ triggers the mention function. I'm guessing phpBB won't be using short urls but something like this looks elegant enough for me.
Hey look, it's even on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_sign#C ... rary_usage
On some online forums without threaded discussions, @ is used to denote a reply; for instance: "@Jane" to respond to a comment Jane made earlier. Similarly, in some cases, @ is used for "attention" in email messages originally sent to someone else. For example, if an email was sent from Catherine to Steve, but in the body of the email, Catherine wants to make Keirsten aware of something, Catherine will start the line "@Keirsten" to indicate to Keirsten that the following sentence concerns her. This also helps with mobile email users who cannot see bold or color in email.