I’ve been talking about getting groups going on our site for an embarrassingly long time now, but we’re finally doing it. At least, I publicly committed to it 3 weeks ago on our forum. One thing that was giving me a bit of anxiety was trying to establish some good naming conventions up front so we can have some more consistency and discoverability.
I was under the impression that if I were to choose a name like
@foo and then later rename the group to
@bar that it would break all previous mentions of that group.
But I just tested this out and it seemed to work.
- I created a group named
@fooand made it mentionable
- I created a post and mentioned
@foowithin the post
- I changed the group name from
I went back to my post and was pleasantly surprised to see thatHmm… I can’t reproduce this anymore… the post still says
@barnow showed up and went to the same group when I clicked it.
@fooand is a broken link.
I’m still not quite over my anxiety though given the past conversations here about the difficulty of not breaking mentions when renaming users.
So help me out - is the existence of this feature for updating group mentions automatically on renames something I should believe in? Or did my eyes just play tricks on me?