In this question I made a suggestion to @Jens Schauder to make a modification to their answer. I notice now that they have copy-pasted part of my answer (which I asked them to do) and have screwed up one of the links.

I would like to notify them but I don't think there is a particular need to do so publicly. Is there a way to do so, or should I just add a comment recommending the change?

I'd like to note that I wanted to do this because I have previously been given a notification to avoid long discussions in the comment box and to use chat instead. Therefore, rather than pollute the comment box I was looking for an alternative.

I also considered editing the response, but I do not have editing privileges and the recommendation is to only make substantive edits - fixing a link fell below my personal substantive threshold.

Normally in times like this I ask "What would Jon Skeet do?" - but I don't think Jon has ever had the problem of not having edit privileges.


In this case, I would just leave a comment (or edit it directly if you can; editing to fix things is not discouraged). On this occasion, I have edited those links in.

There is no private user-to-user messaging in either SO or chat (with a small caveat around moderation). Bad things happen in the dark ;p

Re more general inviting to chat; if a comment thread becomes extended an option is added automatically. Otherwise, you can just create a room on chat, and either:

  • invite them to the room inside chat if they are already a chat user
  • leave a comment on SO pointing to the room
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    Why have you added a winking, tongue-out smiley after the sentence, "Bad things happen in the dark"? ಠ_ಠ – Kevin Vermeer Oct 26 '11 at 12:12
  • @Kevin to get you curious so the diamond alien people can finish you off in the dark! – John Oct 26 '11 at 13:53
  • @John - I am a diamond alien person. I was confused about why Marc, a fellow diamond alien person, would reveal this secret. – Kevin Vermeer Oct 26 '11 at 13:59
  • @Kevin Oh snap! Now you know we're onto you! – John Oct 26 '11 at 14:09
  • @John - No, you're onto us. See you in the next dark alley ;p – Kevin Vermeer Oct 26 '11 at 14:16
  • @KevinVermeer As much as I'm sure I would love that, I think I'll be spending my next few hours warning the world about the diamond-mod-alien apocalypse. In the meantime, I should probably get Jon Skeet working on a burnination-ray deflector sheild.... – John Oct 26 '11 at 15:09

Either add a comment (which you could later delete) to the post, or edit the post yourself. Someone with edit privileges should approve your edit. It is a small edit, but I'd argue it improves the post and should be accepted. You could also ask someone in chat to fix it for you.

There are no private messages on Stack Exchange (other than email, I suppose), and it's not really worth starting a dedicated chat room over a simple syntax error in a post.

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    Thanks, next time I'll do the suggested edit. I guess I was worried about the length of the edit, but adding two links is fairly substantive. – Bringer128 Oct 26 '11 at 9:46

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