So I should just get in the habit backspacing people's handles when I start a reply, and encourage others to as well? Is there a downside?
@mattdm I just checked this and discovered if you remove the name from the beginning of the reply it doesn't show the reply in their notifications/mentions. Not a huge deal if you're following a discussion closely but if somebody replies to you a week from now and removes your name from it I'm guessing you might not see it.
huh. I guess that makes sense — but leaves the problem. I saw someone reply to me with a new line before the actual message and I'm going to copy that — it seems a little nicer at least.
This method is nice, but it uses up 10 characters right off the bat for your username (probably varies based on username/instance domain length).
I was thinking the new line method + an icon of some sort just to keep it organized and without looking like a formal letter.
I'd probably abandon the idea after a day or as soon as I start replying on mobile. 🤣
@KuJoe @mattdm I would naively think, as someone who has breezed through ActivityPub docs but never implemented any part of it, that it ought to generate `bcc` / `bto` in that case and still show up in notifications, but I haven't read the source, and believe you that it doesn't have that impact for whatever reason....
@KuJoe @mattdm Yes. I prefer this. Sometimes you end up on a Twitter thread with dozens of participants and you get flooded by notifications nobody ever meant to send. With #Mastodon, it's easy to remove people from notifications. (It's also very necessary for direct messages, given the mention determines whether the person receives a copy. It would be messy to have two different mention systems for public and private messages.)
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