I was trying to tag a user known as Chris Cryne in a post. I typed @Chris and she wasn’t there so I assumed she wasn’t on Discourse. However, it turns out she is on there with her Sunday name of @Christine_Cryne.
Quick question - why didn’t she turn up in the drop down list when I typed @Chris. When I’ve just typed that here, it found a @Christopher. Is it because the number of entries on the drop down list is limited and we have loads of people whose name starts with Chris?
If so, is the number of items on the drop down list configuration (in which case I’ll raise a ticket). Even if it configurable, CAMRA has 180,000 members. Sure, they’re not all on Discourse but over time that drop down list could get rather long. Does it need another mechanism maybe with a “More” type structure.
In addition, we’re going to start getting a significant number of duplicates. One assumes that the user is going to have to choose a unique name on sign-up and they might go for @John_Smith2 - but how are people going to know who is who? Can some other metadata be displayed in the drop down list? CAMRA is arranged into branches so “@Rob_Nicholson (Macclesfield & East Cheshire)” would work well for me.