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Any way to send a personal message to another user?

I am really missing this feature. I really believe that there should be some way or at least a way, for one user to ping(or send short messages) other user.

Simply what i mean is that, there should be some medium of communication other than chat.

Many a times we find ourselves stuck in the situation where we know that XX user could help you but niether he is avilable in chat nor he has seen your question.

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marked as duplicate by jonsca, Yi Jiang, The Ghost of Xmas Yet To Come, ChrisF, slhck Dec 20 '11 at 11:46

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any reasons for downvotes....... –  N-JOY Dec 20 '11 at 10:50
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Downvotes in meta are more common than in other sites. For feature requests, downvotes typically express disagreement with the request. –  Daniel Daranas Dec 20 '11 at 10:51
    
so there is similar question with 108 upvotes! meta.stackexchange.com/questions/431/… –  N-JOY Dec 20 '11 at 11:14
    
@N-JOY, there are many upvoted and declined features. See the list here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/… –  Daniel Daranas Dec 20 '11 at 11:24

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This feature is not wanted and is against the concept of a public, community Q&A site. Imagine that everyone pinged Jon Skeet whenever they asked a C# question... The idea is that questions are asked in general and anyone can answer them.

We have already the "@username" mechanism. I think it is more than enough. This is not a social network.

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where shall i use or mention this @username if user is not in chats. –  N-JOY Dec 20 '11 at 10:53
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@N-JOY, we actually use this mechanism to respond to comments the user already posted. The feature that you want (specifically asking someone for an answer) is simply not wanted. –  Daniel Daranas Dec 20 '11 at 10:55
    
Thx for using @N_JOY.:D but i would have received notifications about your comment otherwise as you were commenting on my comment. –  N-JOY Dec 20 '11 at 11:01
    
thx for edits and i really appreciate your explanation. but dont you think this was just a concept, we could limit the no. of msgs or add some reputation checks or could add some other checks to handle the above stated problem –  N-JOY Dec 20 '11 at 11:07
    
@N-JOY Most of the discussion already took place before, see for example the suggested question meta.stackexchange.com/questions/431/…. –  Daniel Daranas Dec 20 '11 at 11:16
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Any way this was my first try in Meta, thx for your help. –  N-JOY Dec 20 '11 at 11:28

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