Today I tried to superping some users to spread some positive feelings (summer of love!):

@@[email protected], @@[email protected], @@[email protected] and @@[email protected], lorem ipsum [...]

User IDs anonymised. Chat tells me:

[username of 0001] does not have a profile on cs.stackexchange.com

The user exists, and the username found is correct. Things I tried, following suggestions of surprised people in TL:

  • Replace superping with superping to chat.SE ID -- same error for the next user.
  • Drop the commas -- no change
  • Maybe they're a ....g-g-g-ghost!!
    – Zelda
    Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 19:57
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    Well, I guess I know what I'm looking at tomorrow am... Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 20:15
  • What's a super ping?
    – vascowhite
    Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 23:14
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    @vascogotlost: It's a moderator feature that allows you to @-notify people in chat, no matter what. The normal ping has its limitations.
    – Raphael
    Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 23:48
  • @Raphael Thanks, this is the first time I heard of it.
    – vascowhite
    Commented Jul 31, 2012 at 5:07
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    See this Q&A for more info about what superpings are and how they work: What is a 'superping'?
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 19:26

2 Answers 2


This issue seems to relate to users who haven't been using chat recently, and therefore whose chat account didn't know about their participation on a particular site. Chat now brutally and relentlessly forces a refresh to their chat data when a moderator uses the @@ trick.

Aka, try again, it should now work.

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    Chat should probably just ask nicely, rather than being brutal and relentless. This is the Summer of Love, after all =) Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 12:52
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    @jadarnel27 ok, in the next build it shall relentlessly love them. Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 13:03

As a mod, I just decided to ping a few users in chat to update them on site design and I had the same problem.
After some fiddling, I worked out I needed to go to their profile -> dashboard -> chat profile and copy the digits from the URL to the superping. After I sent it, their proper usernames showed up in place of the @@[chat id #].
A bit tedious, but it worked.

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    You can either superping by typing @@<chatID>, or by typing @<site-userid>@<sitename>.stackexchange.com. (If you type @@ and then start typing their username, it'll provide autocomplete suggestions of chat users whose usernames include that text – e.g., starting to type @@n00 would show a list of chat users whose usernames include that text.) See this Q&A for more info: What is a 'superping'?
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 19:26
  • @V2Blast Hey Blast. No, I tried that. If <chatID> means their chat ID number, then yes, but their chat username said no such user (or something similar), and the <site username>@<site> said there wasn't a user by that name on <site>. But when I did what I said above, the just-in-time helper thing found the users. (@@<username> worked on a user that was active in chat, but not on the others (when I say worked, I mean the JiT helper found the user)).
    – n00dles
    Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 19:40

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