I am curious as to why we can only tag one user in a comment. I'm sure it helps with clarity and readability, but it seems a little strange still. What should I do if I wish to tag multiple people in the comments? It seems counter-productive to post more than one comment.

Thank you!

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    Note that the question/answer OP is always notified, so if you're tagging someone else there's always 2 people getting notified.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Jun 21, 2016 at 21:12
  • Afaik, the previous commenter is also notified, so it might be 3 people. Not sure though. Robotnik?
    – MrLemon
    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:22
  • Related: How do comment @replies work? (MSE)
    – MrLemon
    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:27

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I've always presumed the rationale was to make it less-effective to use comments as an open, large-form discussion platform. Doing so is generally considered inappropriate (on most sites).

It also makes it harder to spam people via notifications (and also thus reduces the workload on the back end that is processing all of those notifications).

  • That explains it, thanks! Jun 22, 2016 at 15:47

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