It makes me sad I only joined here like 4 months ago :( But I can imagine what it would be without the mention feature, considering that is basically what Yahoo Answers is currently. If someone comments on your opinion there, you have check back on it to respond to them. I answered a lot of questions, but I've never responded to a single comment on there. I wasn't going to go and search through all my opinions for comments lol. It was a pain.
Yahoo answers still hasn't figured out a way to stop the auto bot spammers which is why they don't give comment notifications. (They're afraid of spam notifications.) GAG has been pretty cool since I haven't seen a bot spammer since I arrived, surprisingly enough. Yahoo is filled with 'em.
I think it was mainly a problem when multiple users commented on your opinion, than you couldn't address to one of them. Or if you thought @JustbanANNAz was from Australia and may be able to help there was no way to do it :o And we didn't even have emoticons to show were were naughly 8) 8) or happy :D :D Sjeez a question about the GAG ice age hahahaha :D
If the person in question is an answerer then we would post it on their opinion for their attention and they'd reply on our opinion on the same question to get our attention. I've done such conversation the most with you lol
There used to be a messenger feature. It was actually a ton easier then mentions. You could just see all your friends who were online and say hey whats up ______ instead of having to tag them in a comment in a post lol
I definitely don't miss the old site. I remember it as if it were yesterday, when people were bitching from the hilltops about how this new version of the site was terrible, and that they were going to close their accounts, and blah blah blah. But yeah, we use to talk to each other in more or less the same way. It's just that you would have to constantly check back on a question if you were having a comment conversation with someone who wasn't the opinion owner