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I know we have discussed not having messaging between users because this isn't supposed to be son of facebook. But is there a place for a way to highlight a particular question to a user?

I saw a new question that I can't answer, but I know it's in the expertise of another user - should there be a way of flagging this to him/her?

Answering questions on here you get to know a group of other users that answer similar question and give quality answers. At the moment there is no contact other than commenting on each others answers - or going offline to their linkedin/facebook page.

Obviously there is a risk of spamming, but inside a group/network of agreeing users this might be useful.

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No matter how useful I feel this might be in some situations, the downsides outweigh it. Perhaps if they participate in a chat you can point them at it there? But that's as "social" as I would get. –  Bart Aug 17 '12 at 17:38

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One of the important considerations with any feature is, "Does it scale?" This feature would cause problems for the high rep users. Imagine Jon Skeet's inbox for those requests.

I think an important part of SO's design is how users access it as much or as little as they want. Allowing users to poke others would cause a lot of scalability problems, in my opinion.

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+1 I also think "a network of agreeing users" means that at some point it's going to be like Facebook - I have to face the choice of either agreeing to be responsive to someone's chatter, or alienating them when I turn down their request. No sir, I don't like it. –  Aaron Bertrand Aug 17 '12 at 18:17
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@AaronBertrand - good point, I don't facebook and hadn't thought of that –  Martin Beckett Aug 18 '12 at 15:15

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