# Why can't I ping myself in chat?

I'm trying to ping myself in chat but I can't. Is there any way we can add this feature? It would help me organize my thoughts in the chat.

Thanks.

• The point of @-pings to to grab the attention of another user. Why is the world would you need to grab your own attention? I can't see any possible use for the ability to ping oneself... – Xander Henderson Aug 23 '18 at 1:03
• I hear music when I want to organize my thoughts. My recommendation (I like for example), the melody Xpandau by Lorenz Rhode from the official channel Dirt Crew Recordings of YouTube. – user243301 Aug 23 '18 at 18:07

In chat, you can "link" to a previous comment by beginning a comment with the text

:[comment id]


The [comment id] is a number which uniquely identifies the comment in chat, and can be found by examining the "Permalink" URL. For example, this comment can be found at the URL https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/46361683#46361683. The [comment id] is that last number, 46361683. You can reply to that by entering

:46361683 This is a reply to geocalc33's comment.

into chat. The result is something like the following (from my point of view; geocalc33 should see the same thing with some highligting):

Note that if you want to reply to something that someone else said, this process is much easier. If you hover over a comment left by someone else, a little down-pointing triangle will appear on the left. Click that, then click "reply to this message" to automatically append the appropriate :[comment id] text to the beginning of your comment.

• I will add that something like that can be occasionally useful. The ping basically can be ignored - I am already aware that I posted the message, so it does not really matter that I am notified about this But in this way I get also a little arrow at the beginning of the message - this might be useful for other users reading the message; in this way they get to see the context and they can easily find the message for which this is a follow-up. – Martin Sleziak Aug 23 '18 at 15:00
• @MartinSleziak But when I use this mode of updating an earlier comment of mine, using the method described above, and then hear a ping, I end up almost always checking the chats I'm in to see if someone pinged me. Then I remember, using the work around above, one pings oneself. – Namaste Aug 23 '18 at 19:11