The Invite feature has just been improved so that you can invite existing users to a topic.
I still think this is kind of a weird use case, since if I want @techapj to look at something I would just mention him in the post and explain what’s going on.
But! It makes the Invite button more useful and applicable in more cases beyond inviting new users via email, so overall, I am for it. (Note that invites are a trust level 2 ability, you’ll need TL2 to have the invite button at all.)
Here’s how it works:
If you invite an
email addressto the topic, they get an email invite that lets them join as a new user and reply to the topic immediately.
If you invite a
usernameto a topic, they get a notification from you with a link to the topic.
Note that you can only invite someone to a topic once per day. So if 50 people suddenly try to invite me to this topic, only the first one will succeed.
Anyway, thanks to @techapj for implementing this. Try it out and see what you think.