I wanted to send @kiamlaluno a note to say congratulations on being the first user to earn a gold badge. (Voting on 600 questions? That must have taken a lot of time!). But I don't see any way to send a direct message, and I don't think meta is an appropriate place for that sort of completely OT community cheerleading. Am I missing anything? Or maybe we could have a single topic on meta just for community chitchat, using @ tags so people see it?

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This is not supported, and there are no plans to that I am aware of. (There are one or more MSO requests for this).

Additionally, the @ modifier only works in comments. Maintaining a topic on meta would not really be feasible, since a user must have participated in the actual commented item in some manner. It is also not an appropriate usage of meta.

You could just leave a comment on one of his many questions. Alternatively, there is the third place which is intended for chat.

  • Ah, the third place looks like the perfect solution, at least once it rolled out to our site. Sep 2, 2010 at 2:37
  • @Michael: You can still use it now, but it's really hit or miss as to who is online at any time. I've tried creating a "cooking" room, but the traffic was dismally slow (non-existent). The highest trafficked rooms are the moderator chat, and "the tavern" (general chat).
    – hobodave
    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:42
  • Yeah, I think it will work better once we have the chat.cooking.stackexchange url. Sep 2, 2010 at 14:32

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