I have now been on BSE for a month seriously and haven't seen hide nor hair of any sort of direct message system, a la the one on Instagram or other types of social media. I am aware of the chat feature, but it does not seem tailored to two-person interactions. I think it would be useful to have a way to contact the moderators. That's the end of my question.

However, it did occur to me that both gandalf3 and David are quite active on Meta, so I will just say what I wanted to say to one of them here. There is a question I was answering recently: Add different textures to front and back of plane with solidify? At first glance, it seemed to bear a great resemblance to the well-known How can I make a material only apply to a side of a plane? Infact, the former was marked as a duplicate of the latter. However, as I looked into it more deeply, I realized that it did not talk about the Geometry > Backfacing feature, but how that feature is rendered inert when a Solidify modifier is used. I posted my answer, which was accepted, and edited the question to bring to light the actual problem.
My point is, would one of you consider voting to reopen it? I don't yet have 3,000 rep...

  • $\begingroup$ Drop by chat, our avid users are usually there if you want to reach someone quickly, you can nearly always find at least one of us. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 0:12
  • $\begingroup$ Also, FWIW thanks to my timezone if it's urgent, spammer or something, you can summon me in minutes with a ping as David said below. I'm pretty much always here. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 0:17

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First you can't privately contact a SE user.

To get in touch with a mod you could:

  • ping them in chat (both gandalf and I are always "pingable," did I just create a new word?, in there). It is ok if you don't want to say it in public, there are ways of creating a private chat room for serious issues.
  • Write up some question on the meta explaining how you have been using the site for a month, but still cant find a messaging system, then explain the problem. < /jk> Really, the meta is a good place to bring up concerns with the site. We have had this kind of thing here before.
  • Flag the question "in need of moderator intervention" and write a custom reason explaining what's up (kind of like you did in your question).

It sounds like for this case, casting a reopen vote should of been your first step, well after you get another 106 rep. That would bring the question to the Reopen Votes review queue, where other users can vote whether or not is should be reopened.

In any event I reopened the question, so you know at least option #2 works. :)

  • $\begingroup$ +1 for the infinite recursion :D $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ @David en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pingable $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ @David Thanks! Exactly what I needed. $\endgroup$
    – Shady Puck
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 17:25
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    $\begingroup$ @cegaton bummer. but as the saying goes, your never first on the internet. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 17:31

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