Recently, I have come across situations where I would like to mention a group (like
@moderators) as a reference to the group, not as a way of notifying them/getting their attention.
- On the Stonehearth Discourse: Once group mentions became a thing, we went back and modified our FAQ, rules and guidelines, and other basic topics to ask users to mention/message
@moderatorswhen they need help instead of mentioning a random moderator. As all the moderators are equally capable, and are in different timezones, we felt this would be the most efficient way for users to request help. Unfortunately, when each of those edits are made, all moderators receive a notifications (not my intent!).
- On Meta: Recently I wanted to reference the Discourse team. Something along the lines of “The Discourse team would …”, and would have liked the word team to be in reference to the group. Unfortunately, if I put the
@sign in front of the word team 12 people would have been notified.
There should be a method to “mention” a group (or user) and prevent them from receiving notifications. Currently, you can surround groups with backticks (like
@team) and prevent notification, but that also prevents team from being clicked on to bring a user to the group page. I do not know what character (or set of characters) to propose, but something that can easily be inserted into the editor surrounding the group/user could be of great use.