As you may know, you can now alert people to comments you’ve mentioned them in by referring to them in this way: @keithcollantine
However your name can appear in two different ways on the site which has caused some confusion.
When you register for the site, you have to pick a username which, for obvious reasons, needs to be unique. It also cannot be changed and there are restrictions on which characters you can use.
However can also configure a different name to display in your interactions on the site. These can include characters such as capital letters and spaces. For example, my username is keithcollantine, but it displays as Keith Collantine.
When you @-message someone, you need to use their original, unique username.
I appreciate this isn’t entirely intuitive and I’ll explore ways to make this clearer in future. However I see a lot of people are already using the @-messages without difficulty so this should also help others understand how they work.
Here’s a quick tip on how to make sure you’re using the right name when @-messaging someone: Hover over their name and you’ll see the link to their user profile in your browser. This is always in the form http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/members/username/ – simply use the ‘username’ portion after the ‘@’ symbol.