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Is there any way mention/tag any user in question?

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If you just want to mention a user in your question, you should link to their profile.

If you're trying to get a specific user to answer your question, that's not a feature of Stack Overflow. Ask the question of the whole community. If the person is an expert in the technology you're asking about (and an active SO visitor), they probably follow the tag and will find your question. It's entirely up to them whether they answer or not.

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If you want the attention of specific member you can look for him in the chat - you can see the active users list here: http://chat.stackoverflow.com/users

Another option is check their profile page, many have website and even email address mentioned there so just use it to contact him/her.

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If I understand this correctly, then what you are looking for is to ask/invite some specific users to check your question and answer them.

You will not be able to do that in your question. Such feature is not available in SE sites.

however there is a kind of work-around to get the user's attention to your question. i.e. You can add a comment to your question using @<username> which will send an alert/notification to that particular user.

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AFAIK, @user will only work if they are explicitly active in the ongoing communications (i.e. participating in comments.) So, the answer is yes, or no, depending. –  Grant Thomas Jul 5 '11 at 12:13
    
@Mr. Disappointment - I will just try to send you some alert from some other post in which you have not participated. Pls confirm if you get the alert. –  Sachin Shanbhag Jul 5 '11 at 12:18
    
That's not necessary - someone will know authoritatively and provide the details, I'm sure. Just be patient. –  Grant Thomas Jul 5 '11 at 12:25
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Yes, @MrDisappointment is correct. @replies will only work if that user has previously participated in the discussion, or under certain other well-defined circumstances. All of the information is available here in the FAQ. –  Cody Gray Jul 5 '11 at 12:43
    
@Cody Gray, @Mr. Disappointment - Thanks for making me aware of this. I was not aware of this till now. Modifying my answer to say, there is no way to tag/invite specific users for question. –  Sachin Shanbhag Jul 5 '11 at 12:44
    
Thanks for clarifying whether the @user notation has machine functionality or was just convention. It's nice to know what it does and doesn't do -- is this documented anywhere? –  cboettig Feb 2 '12 at 1:07

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