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deborah ([personal profile] deborah) wrote in [site community profile] dw_suggestions2018-12-04 09:28 am

@ syntax as a synonym for user name=

@ syntax as a synonym for user name=


In an entry, if someone types "@[string]" (more specifically, something like "(^|\s)@[legal characters in usernames]*\b), check to see if that's a username at posting time. If so, translate it internally to <user name="> syntax.

This would allow users to choose the now-common shorthand of '@username' to indicate users on the local system. This would be taking a design pattern that has become mainstream over the last several years, which users are used due from Tumblr, Slack, Twitter, etc. I'm not suggesting auto complete; there are too many more important pending changes to the post system. I'm also not suggesting a variant for the other-sites functionality of the user element; no @username@twitter, or something. Just a very straightforward replacement. But this would be a nice shorthand that users have become accustomed to.

Poll #20845 @ syntax as a synonym for user name=
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 97

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Should be implemented as-is.
42 (43.3%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
37 (38.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
11 (11.3%)

(I have no opinion)
6 (6.2%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (1.0%)

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