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A user had recently asked a question about having relative paths in visual studio build events. He came to the conclusion that it just simply wasn't possible after an answer offered by another. That's fair. I was about to offer a workaround but found that the author deleted the question in response. The user now asks a different question which appears to be dependent on the last one. No fault there IMO.

What is the proper way for me to communicate to him that I have a workaround solution to his previous question?

Prior to his second question, I was looking for ways to somehow communicate with him. Since in-site private messaging will not be implemented, I thought about commenting on a random question of his but to me is not a proper way to communicate this. I could probably leave a comment on his new question mentioning it, but it feels awkward communicating this way. I was tempted to answer in his new question not offering a solution to the new question (as I'm not sure how I can answer properly) but just referencing his older question. As a last resort, I was going to "ask" his question again and immediately answer with my workaround in the hopes that he would see it.

What steps should I take? Is there a more practical and proper way to get my message through? What would the community suggest I do?

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In case anyone is wondering, the new question ( Calling java file in a visual studio build event ) and the title of the old, (Relative paths in visual studio command-line file directory). – Jeff Mercado Sep 7 '10 at 20:01
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I'm not sure if this is the best way, but if you post a meta question about it and include a link to the question, 10k users can vote to undelete it. In this particular case, the question is here. I voted to undelete it, so it'll also show up on the undelete list, which should help

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It should be undeleted now. – Brad Larson Sep 7 '10 at 22:05
    
Thanks, I guess this would be the place to go in the future. – Jeff Mercado Sep 7 '10 at 22:37

If you feel that the question (and your answer) might be generally helpful, I would post it as a new question and answer it yourself.

Adding comments to an unrelated post would not be appropriate. It might even be flagged and removed automatically. Contacting a specific user this way is not implemented by design. Information passed through this system is supposed to be for the benefit of all. It's not for private one-on-one communications. If the user deleted their question, they probably consider it a closed issue, but feel free to add the information to the system yourself.

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I think it'd be fine for him to leave a comment about having a workaround, then delete it later. – Lance Roberts Sep 7 '10 at 21:07
    
Thanks for the suggestion, I was considering it at first but was looking for a community supported solution. Asking here for an undelete from the higher ups seemed the best option. – Jeff Mercado Sep 7 '10 at 22:40

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