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Using a private off-site email is inappropriate in 99.99% of cases. In a year of moderating, I've never had to do that. It's an option that should only be considered if all else fails (see below). In the event that you do have to send a private email, be sure to bcc community@stackexchange.com on it. One way to contact a user privately is to use the private ...


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Open that user's chat profile link.. This is user profile link https://stackoverflow.com/users/3061020/jatt-net add "chat" word before stackoverflow. http://chat.stackoverflow.com/users/3061020/jatt-net and click on start new room with this user or you can also invite to in room .


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You stated in the comments here and here that this system would be good for several reasons: Job Offers The careers.stackoverflow.com should be the place for this type of contact, unless a user has included contact info on their profile page. if you just want to ask them a very specific question only they know the answer for StackOverflow and the ...


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Well, no. Because that's not what Stack Overflow/Exchange wants to be. They don't want to be a site where questions are privately answered. The primary purpose is not to answer the OP's questions. It's to create a quality repository of questions and answers, useful for the wider audience of the internet. That the OP is helped as a result of that is, to some ...


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Moderators and employees have private chat rooms (that are invite only). There are a few such private rooms around - most sites have a specific mod only chat or two, and there is also a room for mods of all sites. And of course there is email - employees have access to email addresses of moderators and users, so if needed these can be used.


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Stack Exchange, Inc doesn't encourage one-on-one conversations with the moderators because they are busy enough already. If there is an issue with someone who is answering questions, flag one of their questions and briefly explain the issue in the flag comment box. It should be sufficient for 99% of the issues you're likely to have with another user. The ...


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What you describe is an interesting idea, but it's more for a support site (possibly as a paid service - I can't see this happening for free, as it's much more demanding of the answerer) than a Q&A site. There are plenty of ways to ask an intelligible question, and get further clarification in comments. I think the Q&A scheme is working pretty well ...


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Moderator messages are not really meant for discussions, in most cases there is only one message from a moderator, and maybe a reply from the user, and not more. The ability to reply is meant for clarifications, if necessary. Moderators are not obliged to reply to any messages there, in many cases it would not be productive to do that. Such discussions e.g. ...


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It is possible to send semi-private messages using the chat system, at least if you have enough reputation. To do this, create a private chat with that user. While (I think) private chats can be viewed by others, they don't show up by default so people will only find them if they're looking for them. Also, inactive chats with few messages are deleted after ...


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This is not possible. Why? Because we are not a social network. And we are not interested in becoming one. We focus on questions and answers, under specific topics. If a user has not shared any contact details publicly, it is most probably because they don't want to be contacted by strangers. Or will I just have to put something on my profile, answer ...


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I recommend that you to set out and earn 50 rep then see How do comment @replies work?. To earn the additional 28 rep you could: Receive 6 up-votes on a question @ 5 rep each. Receive 3 up-votes on an answer @ 10 rep each. Have 2 answers accepted by the OP @ 15 rep each. Have 14 suggested edits accepted @ 2 rep each. Accept answers on 14 of your own ...


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Interesting thought, but I rather disagree with it. Almost everything you do on Stack Exchange is done in public. This is deliberate; Stack Exchange was built to make a public store of knowledge, and private messages don't add to that. (Also, private messages make it easier for people to misbehave). When a question is "on hold", we can still comment on ...


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We had an A/B testing malfunction here. A while ago (October!), we were testing alternate links and text for the welcome message, and ended up settling on the text you see. The other text was removed, but the links were not (the text and link live in different locations in code - yay localization!). When the test was stopped, the result was the text you ...


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Well really, Stack Exchange sites are to let users post questions about the topic of the site, in this case Stack Overflow, so the entire community can help out, not one-on-one courses. Our point system can make this idea obsolete as everyone in Stack Overflow will ask Jon Skeet for C questions, Martjin Pieters for Python questions and so on for the top ...


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There are two approaches: Gain the reputation necessary to comment. You can do this by posting good questions and answers, or by suggesting good edits to posts which need improvement. Post a new question with all of the detail needed to explain your request. This question should not be directed at the original answerer (who may or may not be available) ...


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We have several ways to report messaging spam. You can e-mail careers@stackoverflow.com, post on meta.se, or even ping our Twitter account @StackCareers. As far as the spam, I really don't see the message as spam. They are offering relocation for the position so the location in this matter doesn't factor in to their decision to contact you. In addition, you ...


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Shouldn't Private rooms be privated and only shown to those that know about it? They are. All that the user sees when requesting /rooms/123 is that there is some room with this id. Until actually given access, that's all they know. And this fact isn't really a secret, since the room id is just an auto-incrementing integer. If there's a room with the id 124,...


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I can think of three reasons one might want to implement this: The poster still gets the answer even though it should be closed. If we did this, what would the point of closing a question be? Why stop posting terrible quesitions when you'll still get an answer? At the end of the day, (most) people who ask those kinds of questions repeatedly just want the ...


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There are these options, as far as I know: Open a private chat room for this purpose, give this user the right to join, and super-ping him there. This is the preferred way for minor things. Send a moderator message, with the moderator tools. It sends a e-mail to the user, and a copy to your fellow moderators (and yourself) and the SE team. It gives you the ...


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I don't understand why we need this. There's a way to inform people of another service in the case of privacy. There are other services that do this much better. Google groups for one can emulate private messaging and private broadcasts as well as public broadcasts. You can have a secondary email if you want private messaging. I, for one, have several ...


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I would suggest pinging them in chat and asking them to create a private room with you.


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I don't think a private messaging system within SO has any benefit, since much better private messaging systems are already used by people, including email, IM and social networking tools like G+ sharing or facebook lists or whatever they have already integrated into their personal communications. I feel that the ability to contact a user is a valid feature ...


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Fundamentally, you don't contact people. There's no "private message" facility in the Stack Exchange site. You can earn enough rep to leave a comment on a question/answer or you can start your own question, but there's no guarantee that the person you're trying to contact will see or reply to these. On the other hand someone else who can give you an equally ...


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I won't comment on what SE's policy is (or should be), or how they could possibly enforce that people don't communicate with each other outside of the site, but I think you were perfectly fine to leave the comment. In my eyes, that answerer had an unfair advantage in answering the question, because they had details about the question that nobody else had ...


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You can't You can create a chatroom with someone if you have enough reputation.


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You can't. Stack overflow is a Q&A site, not a social network. Use @Username in a comment if you want to reply to someone already participating in the comment thread. Commenting on someone's post will also notify them.


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I'm always afraid that my questions won't get answered the way I want them to be. Formulating questions to get the answer you need is a problem in technical writing; this is a chance for you to hone this very important skill. Take advantage of it. Think about the words you commit to the input buffer. Don't assume that your audience knows the context of the ...


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Since one problem is that many people don't choose to not put links to off-site accounts but rather forget to (me included). So why not add a Social Network Related Accounts section in the user's profile so they realize that this is the only way for people to contact them?


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A person's email is not publicly available to you. If he/she chooses to include it in their description manually then you can take it, but otherwise you can't get it. You could post follow up questions on Stack Overflow, or take it to chat with the user, if he/she agrees.


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