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Is there a way that we can recommend a friend to one of the Stack Exchange (SE) sites? Like emailing them inside of SE?

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If you want to recommend a site to them - send them an email/IM/SMS... I don't think that this type of social "advertising" is SE's responsibility... –  Lix Jul 18 '12 at 13:30
    
Why not just send an email yourself? What would emailing them from the SE site itself add? –  Martijn Pieters Jul 18 '12 at 13:30
    
Ok, great thank you. –  Kevdog777 Jul 18 '12 at 13:30
    
Just thought of a more convenient way of doing it. –  Kevdog777 Jul 18 '12 at 13:31
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Also: repeat after me: the Stack Exchange is not a social network. –  Martijn Pieters Jul 18 '12 at 13:31
    
"The Stack Exchange is not a social network." - I understand that. –  Kevdog777 Jul 18 '12 at 13:32
    
@MartijnPieters At least acknowledge cletus =) –  jadarnel27 Jul 18 '12 at 13:33
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@Lix This type of thing happens for Area51. There are even badges for it. –  jadarnel27 Jul 18 '12 at 13:34
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@jadarnel27: You know, I actually came up with it independently? "Repeat after me" is perhaps a meme, and I honestly had not seen that post! –  Martijn Pieters Jul 18 '12 at 13:34
    
@MartijnPieters Just making a joke, sir. –  jadarnel27 Jul 18 '12 at 13:39
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@jadarnel27: sorry, I think I missed a :-P there.. Hereby! :-P –  Martijn Pieters Jul 18 '12 at 13:40
    
As a user I'd probably mark such an email as spam. –  CodesInChaos Jul 18 '12 at 14:30
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The downvotes are unfortunate, since there's nothing to disagree with per se (it's not a feature request). But, the question is valid and deserves to stick around. –  Anna Lear Aug 31 '12 at 15:12
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@Lix I think OP wanted something that would leave some trace in user statistics, possibly leading to badge, like in Area51 –  РСТȢѸФХѾЦЧШЩЪЫЬѢѤЮѦѪѨѬѠѺѮѰѲѴ Aug 15 '13 at 12:32

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You can invite people into a private beta of a new site from the widget on the right sidebar, but we don't have anything like that for sites in public beta or that have graduated.

As others said, an email or an IM would be best in that case.

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Thank you so much! –  Kevdog777 Jul 18 '12 at 14:10

In my opinion, personalized emails are more efficient at conveying a recommendation than some auto generated message like:

"X would like to recommend to you site Y"

In my opinion, the best way would be to write the message yourself.

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OK, understandable. Will do that then. by the way, what does IMO mean? –  Kevdog777 Jul 18 '12 at 13:36
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it stands for - In my opinion.... –  Lix Jul 18 '12 at 13:37
    
+1 for IMO, even i didnt know that :P –  Lucifer Jul 18 '12 at 13:39
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If I could +1 I would +1, but as I can't +1 I won't +1 ... But +1 anyways. –  Kevdog777 Jul 18 '12 at 14:25
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wat​​​​​​​​​​​​ –  Matthew Read Jul 18 '12 at 15:10
    
Sorry @MatthewRead, I didn't have enough rep points to +1 Lix's answer :) –  Kevdog777 Jul 18 '12 at 15:12
    
@Kevdog777 I see :P –  Matthew Read Jul 18 '12 at 15:51
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I can confidently attest that I have never clicked a link from an annoying autogenerated e-mail telling me my friend(s) is/are using X and I should sign up. Partly because I don't know that it came from them with their permission, and partly because I have a strongly negative knee-jerk reaction to e-mails not formatted as text/plain, but mainly because if they really found the service useful they wouldn't need to be corralled into telling me. –  root Aug 15 '13 at 13:58

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