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This template triggers a notification to a registered user(s) you are replying to in a discussion. It is a replacement for the {{talkback}} template. It works on any talk page or Wikipedia 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 personalizes the discussion, you may still use the {{talkback}} template on the user's talk page to indicate that you have replied to a comment. IP addresses are only notified if you post to their user talk page.

Note that it isn't necessary to use this template to ping the user if you are already linking to the username from your post.

The edit that adds this template must be signed with new signature tildes, or the notification(s) will not work. See Wikipedia:Notifications and mw:Help:Echo#Technical details for more information.

Single recipient

Use the following syntax:

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

For example, "{{Reply to|Jimbo Wales}}" generates "@Jimbo Wales:".

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

Multiple recipients

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

{{reply to|User1|User2|User3|User4|User5|User6|User7}} Message text. ~~~~

For example, {{reply to|Example|Jimbo Wales}} will produce:

@Example, Jimbo Wales:

Warning: If the total number of detected to-be-pinged users in an edit exceeds 20, no notifications will be delivered.

Specify a nickname

You can display any text in place of a username by using |labelX=, where X is the index of a positional parameter, counting from 1. For example:

"{{reply to|Example|label1=Exemplar|Example2|label2=John}}" produces "@Exemplar, John:"

Customise punctuation

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"


Sometimes, when the recipient's username contains an equal sign, for example {{reply to|test=test}}, it will show

Error in Template:Replyto: Username not given.

To fix this, simply add 1= at the beginning of the username, 2= at the second username, 3= at the third username and so on:

{{reply to|1=test=test}}


Related templates

  • {{user link}} – Links to a single user's page (without the @ sign and colon)
  • {{noping}} – Links a user's name without triggering the echo notification system
  • {{to}} – Uses "To " (with a space) at the beginning instead of the @ sign