If I'm trying to use a particular program, tried using it and am getting it saying the problem exits on time, loaded it up again, the problem doesn't exist (gpt data leftover or whatever is preventing me from dual booting)

I have found the developer of the program, on this site, and got his profile, is there an obvious way I'm missing to message him?


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Short answer: NO.

Long answer: copied shamelessly of Shog's answer in MSO:


This has been suggested many, many times, going all the way back to the earliest days of the site. Prior to the creation of Meta SO, feature requests were posted on UserVoice:

Comments were added to the system to allow users to communicate with each other in the context of a specific post.

Later on, the system was expanded to allow notifying other users of comment-replies.

Even with the ability to communicate with other involved users in regards to a specific post, the requests kept on coming. When Meta Stack Overflow replaced UserVoice, the number of feature-requests exploded:

The consistent response to this is that it's a bad idea, because:

  1. It could hide information from the community: useful information transmitted privately is unavailable to other readers, subverting the core purpose of the site.

  2. It could be used to harass other users ("Answer my question!", "Accept my answer!", "Yer momma so fat she overflows the stack!", etc...)

However, there is some value in being able to communicate with other users outside the context of a specific question or answer. This point was conceded with the implementation of a chat system: users on every Stack Exchange site can create and participate in chat rooms, integrated with the normal user accounts. There are still no truly private messages between users, but for those who want to chew the fat or discuss whatever outside the confines of the sites themselves, this can provide a viable solution.

Finally, it became apparent that moderators occasionally need to contact users about sensitive topics, and relying on email for this created problems. So the ability for moderators to send a private message to another user was implemented. The use of these messages are heavily restricted, reviewed by the system administrators, and reserved for critical messages only.

For normal users, the advice remains: if you want others to be able to contact you privately, add basic contact info to your profile's bio page.

  • so what do i do if i wanted to contact this person askubuntu.com/users/93977/rod-smith?
    – kris2340k
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 1:22
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    Email him? Check the link to his website.
    – Seth
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 1:24
  • @kris2340k if you want others to be able to contact you privately, add basic contact info to your profile's bio page. Is said in the answer.
    – Braiam
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 1:24
  • Okay thank you, i will insure my profile is up to date with contect details and have his email from his website, Thanks guys
    – kris2340k
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 1:27
  • And don't e-mail people about posts or questions... I have gone so far as to take down links to my website due to messages that could easily be comments or chat. (And one users messages where reported as spam). Working on projects or other stuff out side the scope of the site is what e-mail is for.
    – Mateo
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 1:52
  • @Mateo if you don't mention @ the message don't reach him ;).
    – Braiam
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 1:58

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