I got several notifications from The Heap that should have targeted another user.

The notification link to chat is:


It should have notified this user: http://chat.stackexchange.com/users/115579/max

I imagine the issue only occurs when there is a user with a 3 character name that exactly matches the leading 3 characters of a user who has been in chat prior.

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This is a known issue, and not specific to Database Administrators. There have been some attempts to fix the problem, but they're not foolproof. See these:

  • Thanks, Aaron. I should have checked the main meta site first!
    – Hannah Vernon Mod
    May 2, 2014 at 14:14

Some folk with common names go as far as to mix in a unicode character, eg Daи for Dan. Just don't mess with the first letter!

You could be Ma✗, Maẋ or Maẍ Vernon, whichever takes your fancy ;)


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