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Does this glitch dealing with @username bother anyone else?

Asked by keobooks (14322points) November 22nd, 2011

I frequently edit, back up and retype when I write posts. If I do this, the @username feature breaks and I can’t use it anymore. I know I can just type out the name myself, but sometimes if the name is long or I have trouble spelling it correctly, has spaces or nonstandard capitalization, the @username feature doesn’t work.

I didn’t write this just to whine. I want to know if there are any Firefox scripts or fixes so I can help myself. I’d like it to be added on a to-do list to fix. I love the @username feature. But my typing sucks and I need help keeping it working.

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Judi's avatar

It doesn’t work in an edit either or on the iPhone. I’m old enough to remember typewriters, white out, and carbon paper so it doesn’t bother me so much.

thorninmud's avatar

Yeah, I suck at typing too, and it is a pain. You can only get the drop-down menu of usernames if the ”@” is at the end of the text, not if you try to go back and insert it in text you’ve already typed. For difficult names, I’ll sometimes type the @ at the end of my text, then cut and paste the @username into my text where I want it.

bobbinhood's avatar

Like @thorninmud, when I am still on the main screen, I simply put the name at the end of the text so the drop-down menu works. Then I copy and paste the name where I want it to be.

In the edit screen, there is no way to get the menu. So I usually open the edit window in a new tab so I can copy and paste usernames from the main page of the question. That way I’m sure to get them right.

I don’t find either of those extra steps to be too much work. It would be nice if the steps weren’t necessary, but since I can still get everything to come out correctly, I don’t mind doing them.

FutureMemory's avatar

I frequently edit, back up and retype when I write posts. If I do this, the @username feature breaks and I can’t use it anymore.

Does this glitch dealing with @username bother anyone else?


OpryLeigh's avatar

Yes, this annoys me too. I’m really bad at remembering spellings.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Yea it annoys the hell out of me, I usually end up hitting back again, coping the users name I need, and then going back to the edit page and just pasting it there.

gasman's avatar

Even a good typist can easily make mistakes entering usernames—what with mixtures of upper- and lower-case, hidden underscores, and other subtleties. So Id also like to see this feature become more reliable.

blueiiznh's avatar

No biggie. I love the feature. Great if it becomes more usable during backtrack and editing.
If not, I will live.

Paradox25's avatar

I’ve noticed that too since I frequently mess up with the spelling on my posts from trying to type so fast (and sometimes fatigue). Not a biggie with me though and I like fluther’s textile format over HTML since it is easier for me to remember how to use so that makes up for this glitch alone to me.

wundayatta's avatar

Like @bobbinhood, If I forget to put the name in the text, I put it at the end, and then cut and paste it where I want. But it only works at the end of the comment. If there’s any text—even a space—after it, it won’t work.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I do the cut and paste trick like @wundayatta . It works for me.

By the way, you’re looking very nice today. :-)

MilkyWay's avatar

I so feel what your saying. It’s like, a total outrage.

YARNLADY's avatar

It’s apparently not a glitch, but rather a programming error. I do what @worriedguy does, just copy my answer, delete everything, and paste it back in fresh.

stardust's avatar

Yes, it can be irritating.

XOIIO's avatar

Just put two spaces, go to the start, type the username and delete one space.

augustlan's avatar

It can be irritating, for sure. I was here before we even had the @username function though, so it’s still a big step up! I copy the username from their answer (just underneath their avatar) and paste it in, if I have to add it in the middle of some text.

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