More than half the time when I reply to another user, it does not register as a reply to that person (with their avatar).
I click the reply button next to their message (not the one at the bottom of the page). While I’m composing the reply, I see the avatar on the screen above what I’m typing. But then, when I click the submit button, my post goes up with no indication that it is a reply to a specific person. I’ve had the same thing happen at least a dozen times already. I’m using Chrome on a Mac most of the time.
It turns out it is a ‘setting’ in Discourse itself (a design/interface setting) - it has to do with when you are replying to someone directly ‘below’ where your reply goes. If you are directly below them it hides the ‘reply’ notation. If they are a post or more away it shows it though.
There is an option in settings to turn this interface design on/off if @MacSparky or @katiefloyd want. I personally agree in that it is nice to see who the reply was too regardless of where it lands - but I’m sure there is a reason Discourse has it disabled by default…