Say I'm in a chat room, and the person I am trying to reach isn't there. I want to ping him and sort of invite him to the conversation. So essentially whenever that person gets logged into the Stack Exchange network he should get a ping notification in his inbox.

Is this possible or not actually possible at the moment?

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    Gosh, I hope not.. IIRC, you can ping users that have been in the chat room recently enough, but not users that have never been there. – Martijn Pieters Feb 21 '14 at 10:00
  • @MartijnPieters why "gosh, I hope not". If it couldn't be done from there then it could be done in a comment, so it's not like "oh no the world has come to an end, / this is a negative thing, you can ping somebody from chat" 'cos you can ping somebody from comment too. it's not like it's more open to abuse if it is done in chat. It's just a feature that is lacking, and there's nothing negative were that feature to be added. At present if one wants to notify somebody about a chat, and their name isn't coming up with the @ in the chat, they have to do it in a comment – barlop Aug 12 '15 at 20:30

You can @notify users that recently were in this specific chat room. You can also go to their profile and choose the "start a new room with this user" button to create a new room and invite them. Both methods will result in a notification for the target user.

They won't work for a user that doesn't have a chat account, only moderators can ping such users.

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