Whenever I'm commenting on someone's opinion and am trying to mention asker, so @Asker , it sometimes ends up mentioning some random person named Asker.
They are a deactivated xper 3, but it is just a bit annoying I'm constantly mentioning someone else besides asker. I know the real asker gets a notification anyway for the comment, but it still grinds my gears to see this happening.
You shouldn't mention @asker or @opinion owner. They are (were) in fact, users of the site. Most of the people mention @asker and the new users see and follow their activity and that's why a lot of people are misled that we should mention @asker.
Whenever you will post anything on the question, the asker will get the notification. So, you should write it simply as Asker - [the message] (Without the @ sign)
well you are not ACTUALLY mention the question asker when you type @asker.
the reason @asker gets tagged is because there is an actual username account, whether deactivated or not, that is named "asker". if there were no account by that name then it would just be plain print, no highlight.
As others have said, Asker is an actual user name. I realized it when trying to refer to a male asker yet the text was pink. Upon further research, I found out it indeed was a user account. The admins should never have allowed it to be issued so it could be used in the matter you tried and many users expect it to work.
That is why you don't tag asker. Tag the actual user of the asing GaGer.