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Hey -- I've had great success with my questions on StackOverflow, and a couple days ago, I made a good first question on ServerFault here: http://serverfault.com/questions/139043/buying-an-old-laser-printer-what-will-need-to-be-replaced

I got a great answer from the user joeqwerty who is an expert in the field of my question. But unfortunately, the comments section in his post got flooded with spammy nonsense from other users.

After further research, I now have a new "subquestion," I think it makes sense to ask joeqwerty specifically.

So my questions:

  1. Will this spammy (or "hammy") nonsense get removed, or is that sort of thing tolerated on Serverfault?

  2. Is there a good way to add a kind of "subquestion" to my original question in a way that will make it once again noticed by other users, by bumping it up the front page or notifying those users that already replied?

  3. Is there a way to contact a specific user individually, so I can ask joeqwerty a question? Do I just need more reputation to do that?

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Will this spammy (or "hammy") nonsense get removed, or is that sort of thing tolerated on Serverfault?

Maybe, maybe not. You can always return to the original discussion and ignore the chat that's taking place there and all will be fine.

Is there a good way to add a kind of "subquestion" to my original question in a way that will make it once again noticed by other users, by bumping it up the front page or notifying those users that already replied?

I suggest you just open a new question.

Is there a way to contact a specific user individually, so I can ask joeqwerty a question? Do I just need more reputation to do that?

No.

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I would also add that if you open a new question, link to the preceding (related) question for context. –  AnonJr May 6 '10 at 22:17
    
No, you cannot contact a specific user individually on the site, but he may have included contact info on his user profile. I would hope that most users are okay with being emailed if they included their address. –  Ether May 6 '10 at 22:19

I flagged the comments as spam. You can do likewise. Hopefully a mod will wander along and swat.

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Huh, I did also but ran out of comment votes. Apparently I only get 5 on Server Fault; is it reputation-based? –  mmyers May 6 '10 at 22:07
    
According to the FAQ, it's 5 flags and 30 votes, so that would explain it. –  mmyers May 6 '10 at 22:31
    
I seem to have been the lucky sixth vote on most of those comments, as they vanished before my eyes. –  Ether May 6 '10 at 22:50
    
Now the comments make no sense –  Mark Henderson May 6 '10 at 23:55

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