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In 2013 Wikimedia projects adopted a user notification system which allows any user to ping others in discussion replies. This system replaces or complements the {{Talkback}} template in use previously. It works on any talk page or Commons namespace page.

Using this template is one of the main ways to use the notification system. This template is particularly helpful in discussions that are not threaded, to indicate which user's comment is referenced. If you feel that this template unnecessarily personalizes the discussion, you may still use the {{Talkback}} template on the user's talk page to indicate that you have replied to a comment.

Note that it isn't necessary to use this template to ping (indicate) the user if you are already linking to their username from your post.

Single recipient

To use it, just add something like the following to an existing discussion:

{{reply to|User1}} Message text. ~~~~

For example, ":{{reply to|Jimbo Wales}} Message text." displays as:

@Jimbo Wales: Message text.

Per mw:Extension:Echo#Usage, you must link to another user's page and sign in the same edit in order to effectively mention, notify, or ping them, and even then only if they have "Notify me when someone links to my user page" set (which is the default here).

Multiple recipients

You can reply to up to 10 people at once:

{{reply to|User1|UserII|UserC}} Message text. ~~~~

Customise punctuation

By default, the template will insert a colon after the final name. To change this, specify the required character using the |p= parameter. For example:

  • {{reply to|Example|p=---}} produces @Example---
  • {{reply to|Example|p=}} produces @Example


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