Had an interesting idea come up in an email:
You can easily include any other group on a thread by CC’ing them. Currently you can only @mention users and groups, and groups can only be created and managed by admins. So there’s no easy way to @mention a group of self-organized people. Suggestion: Enable @mentioning categories. @mentioning a category would notify anyone watching or tracking the category about the post, as if they themselves were @mentioned. (There’s a second option here to enable user-created/-managed groups, but that seems much harder.)
I wonder, would it make sense to have a category be mention-able? E.g. if I typed
@dev and that pinged everyone who was watching the dev category?
I know Quora had something like this for a long time, if you followed a particular subject you’d get pinged when “stuff” happened to that subject.
Or is this merely overloading the category concept too much with group stuff? Hmm.