I want to discuss the usage of the tag on Meta, as I think it is unnecessary.

While looking through some older questions here on Meta I found this question:

Accept Answer Thursday

The question introduced the tag. The user created this tag to explain his idea of "poking" a person by using the @<Username> syntax in a comment of one of their questions or answers. Tag excerpt:

Draw a persons attention in comments by using the @Name. Ideally in the commends [sic!] of their answer or question.

Do we really need this tag? I think it does not really add anything to the site. I have never seen people refer to using the @<Username> syntax in a comment by calling it "poking" and this is the only question with this tag. A search for poke is:q and poking is:q only shows this one question. When looking for poking is:a I only find other usages of the word, like "I just decided to poke my head out".

Is it common to call this "poking" on the StackExchange network and I overlooked it the whole time?

  • $\begingroup$ I have heard notifying someone called poking, not sure if it was here or somewhere else though. $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Looking at main meta it seems to be an accepted term meta.stackexchange.com/search?q=poke I doubt we'll need it as most questions about poking should go to main meta as they are rarely going to be a worldbuilding specific issue. $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 14:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Bellerophon It's perfectly fine to ask questions on site-specific meta sites that aren't specific to the site in question. You might get better answers sooner by asking on Meta Stack Exchange, but it isn't required to ask there (and some people might prefer not to, or at least test the waters on site-specific metas first; for example, because there's actually a working reputation system in place there). $\endgroup$
    – user
    Jun 14, 2017 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ I think most people call it "notifying" Meta.se uses the tags "comment-replies" and "notifications" $\endgroup$
    – apaul
    Jun 15, 2017 at 1:23
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    $\begingroup$ The tag is gone now. $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2017 at 20:25

1 Answer 1


The tag in question is used by a single question, posted nearly three years ago.

That question is voted +6/-9 for a net -3.

The tag appears to try to describe something that is rather strongly discouraged by the only answer on the only question bearing that tag.

That answer is voted +15/-0 for a net +15.

Not only that; that answer is also written by a Stack Exchange employee.

I see no real reason for the tag to exist.


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