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I got a stack exchange email, and the partial first line indicated that the OP wanted to ask me additional questions about my answer. However, when I clicked on the thread, that question was gone. I am wondering if one of the moderators deleted it because it was not really relevant (wouldn't know because I never saw the question). However, the OP is a student, and I would like to respond to student questions. Is there some way to move that potential discussion to a chat, and if so how? Or could OP send me a private message and if so, how?

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  • $\begingroup$ Are you familiar with the site's chat feature? $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker Oct 27 '13 at 2:37
  • $\begingroup$ Try the link again. (If it is the question I think it was, I have a feeling the student was trying to hide tracks by deleting evidence of the question being asked.) $\endgroup$ – user642796 Oct 27 '13 at 3:30
  • $\begingroup$ Also, what do you mean by a "stack exchange email"? The email address associated to your account is private, and there is no "send email to user" feature here. I suspect that this student tracked you down using other means/Google to contact you. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Oct 27 '13 at 3:30
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    $\begingroup$ If someone leaves a comment to you, either by commenting on a post made by you or by replying to one of your comments using @BettyMock in their comment, a message will be left in your StackExchange inbox. If that comment is later deleted, by the author or a moderator, you will still see the comment in your inbox. Is that what you are seeing? $\endgroup$ – robjohn Oct 27 '13 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn: I didn't even think of that interpretation... seems much more likely than mine. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Oct 27 '13 at 8:59
  • $\begingroup$ @ArthurFischer Yes robjohn's explanation is what happened. The student didn't track me down (altho I imagine it's easy enough) -- he left a comment on the website, and a msg was sent to my StackExchange inbox. I didn't know one could delete a comment, so I assumed a moderator had done so. $\endgroup$ – Betty Mock Oct 27 '13 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexBecker I have looked at the chat feature but don't know how to use it. $\endgroup$ – Betty Mock Oct 27 '13 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ @ArthurFischer the link remains the same. If the student wants to ask his question I guess he will have to post it again. $\endgroup$ – Betty Mock Oct 28 '13 at 4:53

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