Sometimes I find old posts. I'd like to call a users attention to something new, or just ask for a followup. How can I invite a user to chat?

I've clicked on the chat link and I can create a room, but I'm unable to invite a particular user.

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    when you see the chat link near the comments and press it, it will automatically create the room and invite the user, weather he accepts it or not is a different question. I guess the best way using the current features of this site would be if you @name this user on some post he made with a link to a room you've created. – Prix Jul 4 '13 at 22:38
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    ^Sounds like the answer – Gary Jul 4 '13 at 22:42
  • You can't invite a particular user to chat. You can only post a link in the comments of a question with a link to a chat room, or invite them if they have been in chat before. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Jul 4 '13 at 23:21
  • To the OP: you can create an account here on Meta too; it'll be linked if you use the same email address, then you can comment on the question here. – Martijn Pieters Jul 5 '13 at 15:38

I just tried to figure this out, and this process worked:

  1. Go to 'chat'.
  2. Create a new room.
  3. Click on 'room'.
  4. Click on 'control access'.
  5. Click on 'add new user' beside "explicit write access' (or 'owner', but this supposedly works for people who have chatted before)
  6. Type in the user name.
  7. Click on the user name (after it pops up).
  8. Click on 'invite this user to [your room name]' --or-- 'start new room with this user'

I did this multiple times (trying different settings, and then to step through it again to write all of this out), and on just one occasion I got a pop-up window with a confirmation that an invitation was sent.

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    @a-m: I followed these steps and find a similar way but quicker than yours. Visit the uesr's profile. Add the subdomain "chat" to the url. (i.e. stackoverflow.com/users... becomes chat.stackoverflow.com/users/...). This will allow you to visit the user's chat profile. Now do step 8! – musafar006 May 2 '16 at 7:56
  • @musafar006 Add your own answer. your method is great +1 !!!! – Luis Siquot Aug 14 '16 at 12:55
  • @LuisSiquot The question is marked as duplicate. Can't add a new answer. – musafar006 Aug 16 '16 at 5:39
  • @musafar006 - Sadly your method didn't work for me. – aparente001 Nov 26 '16 at 4:18
  • @aparente001 why not? – musafar006 Nov 26 '16 at 6:08
  • @musafar006 - Sorry, I should have said, I get a "Page Not Found." – aparente001 Nov 26 '16 at 15:29
  • @aparente001 make sure you're using SO's subdomain. I am not sure whether stackexchange domain has a subdomain for chat. – musafar006 Nov 29 '16 at 5:11
  • Somehow four years in and this procedure is still precisely as ridiculously awkward. This really needs to be streamlined. – tadman Aug 29 '17 at 16:09
  • Yeah, everytime I want to invite a new user, i have to loose unwanted 20 min. This is insane. – samayo Aug 30 '17 at 19:33
  • I just asked a question about this because I can't find it still meta.stackexchange.com/questions/300357/… – samayo Aug 30 '17 at 19:41
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    Worth noting that you can not chat with new users < 20 rep. So it is not possible to guide a new user who deleted their question – lucidbrot Jul 27 '19 at 15:24