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If you want private messaging, vote here: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/172688/… –  user216196 Mar 20 '13 at 14:43
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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
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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
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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
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Using comments just to contact someone is a bit of a hack. –  Mark Cidade Nov 3 '11 at 21:25
    
Ok, now it's at 42 (magic number) - no more upvotes please. –  vikingsteve Dec 18 '13 at 14:14
    
@vikingsteve: Fixed it for you! –  Amal Murali Dec 29 '13 at 22:25
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