First I am sorry if this question is repeated

Is there a way to send a private message to a user?


There is no private message facility and the team has regularly and robustly turned down all such suggestions.

You can get another user's attention by tagging them in the comments (though they need to have participated in the discussion or editing of a post for that to work), and you can (with sufficient rep) open a chat room for holding a conversation. That last suggestion isn't private in the sense that others are excluded but you probably won't have a lot of people poking their noses in.

The mantra is "This is not a social network!".

However, some Physics SE user find this to be insufficiently friendly and have responded with the meta.physics most "Opt-in to be always pingable to answer questions" where you are explicitly invited to ping them in order to direct their attention to other posts.

  • $\begingroup$ I didn't realize that tagging was not "system wide". Does that mean that if I would like to call the attention of another user to a particular question, it would not be sufficient to @tag them in a comment to that question - I need to find another answer of theirs and leave the comment / link there? That's a little bit awkward. I feel a need to use my batman signal from time to time... I wondered why I wasn't getting a response. $\endgroup$ – Floris Sep 12 '14 at 19:43
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    $\begingroup$ @Floris It means exactly that. And there are to only no plans to fix the awkwardness but an understanding that is should not be fixed. This is not a social network. But I'll add a note to my answer about a special feature of Physics SE that might be useful. $\endgroup$ – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Sep 12 '14 at 23:24
  • $\begingroup$ that clears it up - thanks. $\endgroup$ – Floris Sep 13 '14 at 0:21

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