I want to ask somebody a specific question, but I'm new here and I don't know the proper protocol. Can I ask a question directly to a specific person? If not in a private forum, does Stack Exchange allow generic questions/answers that may/may not be of interest to anyone else? Questions such as, "Do you have a reference for your answer?", "Is this your profession?", or "How long have you been in this industry?" Those types of questions.

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    $\begingroup$ If you specifically want someone to add references to an answer, you can post a comment on that answer. $\endgroup$
    – Dan Hulme
    Nov 17, 2015 at 22:55
  • $\begingroup$ Dan Hulme, after-the-fact, I realized "What is your reference?" was a bad example, because it's a pertinent question. I appreciate your response! $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2015 at 23:16

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Questions of this nature would be generally off-topic for the main site.

For contacting a specific user you can see if they publish contact information on their profile, or check in the site's chat room (many of us hang out there).

  • $\begingroup$ voretaq7, I now see where others post their contact information--thanks for the information! $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2015 at 23:18

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