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This template takes advantage of the new user mention notification to ping the user(s) you are replying to in a discussion (so you don't have to use the {{talkback}} template). It works on any talk page or Wikisource namespace page.

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 personalises 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[edit]

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

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

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

@Billinghurst: Message text.

The comment must be signed and belong to a section in order for the notification to work.

Multiple recipients[edit]

You can reply to up to 7 people at once. Use the following syntax:

{{reply to|User1|UserII|UserC}} Message text. ~~~~ displays as:
@User1, @UserII, @UserC: Message text.

Customise punctuation[edit]

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"

The parameter omits leading or trailing spaces. Use   instead. For example:

"{{reply to|Example|p= –}} Text message" produces "@Example – Text message"

To simply remove the colon, use the parameter with an empty value:

"{{reply to|Example|p=}}" produces "@Example"

To "seamlessly" chain more than seven recipient notifications together:

"{{reply to|Example1|Example2|Example3|Example4|Example5|Example6|Example7|p=,}} {{reply to|Example8|Example9}}" produces "@Example1, @Example2, @Example3, @Example4, @Example5, @Example6, @Example7, @Example8, @Example9:"


Again, the notification system will only work if the editor adds a signature in the edit with the ping. See w:Wikipedia:Notifications for additional details.