Replies and @-mentions

January 7, 2018

Because is based on blogs, replying and mentioning other users does not work the same way as other social networks you may be used to. We’ve tried to build a system that is flexible enough to work with sites and external blogs.

There are several rules for processing replies and mentions:

  • If you click or tap “Reply” on a post with, it stores the reply separately from your blog. We do this because you may not want replies to show up on your web site alongside other regular blog posts. includes the reply in the timeline and Mentions section for any user referenced in the post.

  • When replying to a post that is on an external blog, will attempt to send a Webmention to that blog post. We’ve documented more about Webmention support here.

  • If you post to your blog and include @username somewhere in the post, automatically converts that into a Markdown link to the user. also includes that mention in the user’s timeline and Mentions section.

  • For blogs hosted externally to, such as with WordPress, you are responsible for linking usernames for users you want to mention. Just including @username without a link will have no effect. It should be something like <a href="">@username</a> to indicate to that a specific user should be notified. does not automatically link any text in external blog posts. (By adding links yourself, posts will show up correctly not just on but also on your web site and in feed readers.)

  • For an external blog post that is a reply to a specific post, the external blog can send a Webmention to As long as the sending blog is associated with a user, that post will be copied to as a reply and threaded into the conversation.