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Would make life a bit easier, say for example I want to refer someone to something I once said.

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If you want to refer to something you (or anyone) has said previously, you can simply post the permalink for that message - chat will then one-box the quote, providing the time it was said and links to the permalink, room, etc – DMA57361 Mar 11 '11 at 9:17
I haven't seen a valid use case for this, ever. @DMA57361 is correct; a quote one box makes a couple thousand percent more sense than "replying to yourself". Even Michael Mrozek's trick has never been used for anything but joking. – balpha Mar 11 '11 at 11:37
@balpha: I just wanted this because I wanted to post a follow-up to something I said in 'chat'. My previous message had been something like, "There's probably a discussion on this on meta" which I then found, so I wanted to post the link. But since some time had elapsed, I wanted to connect the two comments to make it clear to others where the thread was. I'll use Michael's trick in future, but I don't see why this shouldn't be possible. – Loop Space Apr 5 '11 at 9:52
@balpha: I just wanted to post the same feature request ... It sometimes comes up that I want to refer to an earlier message of mine. This has the advantage of highlighting when hovering over the relevant message. See chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1600107#1600107 for an example using Michael's hack. (Of course, this does not work in the transcript, where both posts are splitted over two pages.) – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 11 '11 at 18:40
@PaŭloEbermann: If you just link to your older message, it will onebox, so it will be right there to read, instead of forcing people to click somewhere. It's called "replying" for a reason. What you're doing isn't replying. – balpha Aug 11 '11 at 19:02
@balpha: The point is that there is in fact not just one message, but a series of messages - should I quote them all? – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 11 '11 at 19:07
@balpha, the conversation threading features in chat are very useful for following a string of linked messages, especially when you want to follow one of a bunch of simultaneous conversations. In particular, when you mouse over a message, the engine highlights messages on the screen if that message replied to them or if they replied to that message. For this purpose, I have replied to my own messages using the workaround, and seen others do the same, many times. I request that you consider again removing unnecessary cumber from this feature. – Isaac Moses Jul 3 '13 at 15:50

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This is possible, there's just no little arrow for it. If you check the permalink of one of your posts, it will end with the post ID. You can start a new message with :ID and it will show up as a reply to that post

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Maybe the request should be Allow easy reply to self on chat. – Tshepang Mar 11 '11 at 9:49
I just used this to post a message that replied to itself. It didn't know that it was replying to itself (the arrow didn't show up), but the correct '@AndrewStacey' was applied. Now I'm going to try a message that replies to one in the future. Let's see if the future responds... – Loop Space Apr 5 '11 at 10:02

This script (howitworks) allows that. I've checked on Chromium. Real nice. I like the keyboard shortcuts especially. Install it and play with it on the Sandbox.

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