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Instant messaging or private messaging is not available: requests to implement that have been declined to keep focus on questions and answers, and to keep those visible to everyone.

Some users are active in chat.

One might use comment replies to notify a user of a comment. But remember: even comments should be relevant to the post, and can be flagged as noise if they are not.

In rare cases where immediate action is necessary (e.g., the user has accidentally left login credentials in a post), you can flag for moderator attention and explain what the urgent matter is about.

On the flip side, if you want to provide a way for people to contact you, leave contact information in your user profile.

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Yes, this is an important point to remember: people (except mods, of course) cannot contact you unless you leave a means for them to do that. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Sep 19 '10 at 2:03
No... Personal messages would result in comments that are unrelated to the question or its answers. Flagging for moderator attention doesn't allow you to send your personal message specific. I would love to see some kind of wall system with personal messages so that they are relevant to the user instead but can still be monitored... If I really feel the need to have such system then maybe I should open up yet another more specified feature request, providing enough information and reasoning don't make it turn out to be a duplicate... – Tom Wijsman Oct 1 '10 at 23:44
@Tom, very good point.I've changed the answer (and: it's CW, so go ahead if you can describe it better). I like the idea of a publicly visible wall! – Arjan Oct 2 '10 at 7:21
+1 a) I like the first para. I think it should go in the main FAQ. There is far too much noise and emotional banter in the comments; putting it is the FAQ means we can refer to it easily when declining an invitation to participate in noise. b) I see no purpose for a wall or the like. – PerformanceDBA Dec 12 '10 at 1:21
One (probably one of many) special case where i found it useful to be able to contact someone: i wrote an detailed answer to a question somebody else commented to be unsolvable. After i've tried to commit my answer i realized that the OP meanwhile had deleted his question. There was no way to tell him that i would have an answer for him(or anybody else who would be interested). – Tim Schmelter Jun 14 '11 at 15:33
Using comments just to contact someone is a bit of a hack. – Mark Cidade Nov 3 '11 at 21:25
we can have like maximum 5 message limit or like this, so it will help, and also keep QA area filled – Biswajeet Apr 9 at 6:58

Just go to chat.stackexchange.com and go to the targeted user profile : I just chose this user because he is an author of the current question Then change the room parameters to make it private (or Gallery if you don't have enough reputations) inside the room parameters.

If the user never got logged-on on http://chat.stackexchange.com but have a stackoverflow account try on http://chat.stackoverflow.com.

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This is just what I'm looking for, but I don't see this on the profile page of a user that I wish to communicate with. I don't mind if it's public and open, I merely want to talk about something unrelated to the question that arose from a suggested edit. It's highly frustrating to be unable to communicate freely with someone beyond the rejection comment. I wanted to explain to them my reasons against their proposed grammar and ask whether they'd heard of Lojban, a constructed language which has much more well-defined and consistent grammar than English. – James Haigh Mar 9 at 20:09
@JamesHaigh : Yes, you need to find the profile on chat.stackexchange.com manually since there is no link from other profiles.It also require the user to got logged-in at least one time one the site.If it is not the case, try on stackoverflow since stackoverflow users automatically get an account on chat.stackoverflow.com. Unlike chat.stackexchange.com and other sites chat.stackoverflow.com is a separate site with it's own profiles and many chat rooms are unique to chat.stackoverflow.com. By the way, can you tell me the name of the profile you want to discuss with, so I can put a link to it? – user2284570 Mar 9 at 20:28
Thank you. The way in which I found their only currently existent SE chat profile was as this: from their ‘non(SE network or SO)’ profile on the site on which I encountered them, I followed the ‘network profile’ link; I appended their SE network user ID to ‘https://chat.stackexchange.com/users/’, but received 404; back on their SE network profile, I followed the ‘accounts’ tab link, then the link to their Stack Overflow profile; I appended their SO user ID to ‘https://chat.stackoverflow.com/users/’, and… – James Haigh Mar 9 at 21:36
…now I see the feature that you describe. Thanks, I'll now try it out. – James Haigh Mar 9 at 21:36
@JamesHaigh : I forgot to mention chat.stackexchange.com use complete different ID from other sites. I'm not sure he would got pinged with a stackoverflow chat room instead of stackexchange one. While chat.stackoverflow.com use the same idea as stackoverflow.com, chat.stackexchange.com and stackexchange.com are two different sites. But please give the profile name and I will be able to link the chat.stackexchange.com profile to you. – user2284570 Mar 9 at 22:02
I know that the sites use different user IDs (except that, if I'm not mistaken, all sites except for stackexchange.com share their IDs with their respective metae, and apparently stackoverflow.com also shares its IDs with its chat site). Aah, it seems that {,chat.}stackexchange.com have yet differing IDs (which is annoying), so I actually don't know that the user doesn't have an SE chat profile. However, as I explained before, the user does have a Stack Overflow chat profile, and I've already now initiated a chat (but they're last seen 19:35:25Z). Anyway, why will you not reveal your method? – James Haigh Mar 9 at 23:49
@JamesHaigh : Because there is no single solution. You can use different names on different site... Sometimes you will use google sometimes with the user id; other times sometime with the name. Other time try to search among users here, but this feature doesn't always work, even if the name your are searching exist. And NO, he doesn't have a chat.stackoverflow profile. He have a stakoverflow profile because unlike stackexchange chat, stackoverflow chat use the same profile as the user. Please link the profile name. – user2284570 Mar 11 at 18:28

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