One user in particular here has looked into the area of Pig Latin. How can I contact that person? I cannot comment on the original Pig Latin thread without 50 points, whatever that means.
If you have a different question about Pig Latin, then you should ask a new question. This can be done at any reputation (obviously). You may not get a response from that particular user, but you're likely to get an answer from someone.
If you still want to contact that specific user you have several options:
- Check their profile by clicking on their name and see if they've listed contact info for anyone who want to ask them questions about their posts.
Get reputation and:
20+ rep: Ask them in chat, if they are active there. Search for users here. The reputation needed for chatting in this site's chat rooms is the sum of all your rep on different sites (which is currently 9). See here for more info.
50+ rep: Leave a comment. Sometimes you get an answer from OP and (much more rarely, especially on older posts) someone else helps you. You can either earn 50 rep on this site or get 200 rep on any other site in the network and earn the association bonus, which is +100 given to all your accounts.
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We actually do find some personal information or 'leads' in the user's profile.
First, there is the user's pseudonym, not their real name, but it might be something they've used more often. Second, we know they've studied pig Latin to the extent the user described as "significant reading on Pig Latin as part of my research".
Combining that with our third observation, the link in the profile to a language blog, we can safely assume that the user has a strong connection with that blog and the university (group) behind it.
Possible courses of action:
- Contact the blog via their Twitter account
- Contact the university department behind the blog.
- Go through the list of people affiliated with the department and email those that might fit the user's profile
In any case, explain the situation, perhaps by providing a link to your meta question and hope for the best.
The user also participated in the ISLE2 conference in 2011, perhaps that helps narrow it down or could be something you can mention in your search.
How can I get in touch with a particular user…
…who is no longer active on the main site?
Unfortunately, as a normal user or new contributor, you can't. Private messaging is not allowed on EL&U. There is no quick surefire way of contacting an absentee user unless that user has an email address on their profile page (some do) or you happen to know someone on ELU who has that person's private email address.
But how could a new contributor possibly have access to this kind of information?
By posting on meta the OP struck lucky, someone who read their request and (more importantly) recognized their identity, felt particularly ashamed by some of the responses supplied by experienced and thoughtful users and sought to contact the OP privately.
It's a cringing embarrassment, like the one you feel when watching a journalist try to tell the Dalai Lama a joke about the Dalai Lama ordering a pizza
However, the question remains: would the same user have still intervened if the OP hadn't been “…a leading light in matters where linguistics and technology converge.”?
I contacted Mr. Everson by e-mail and put him in touch with Kosmonaut.
Frankly, I'm a little embarrassed at the response he got here. This whole situation could have been avoided if there were a way for users to direct message each other. But there is not, and that's too bad.
Sometimes the best approach is just to be a kind, helpful person and not get bogged down in complicated site mechanics or obscure cyber-stalking techniques. But the best approach is not always possible, though I think some deference is due to a leading light in matters where linguistics and technology converge.