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I recently received a couple of relatively large bounties from fellow members of this Stack, and I've not known how to thank them for their generosity. I know we don't have a private message feature here. Meanwhile, leaving comments on the answer I gave doesn't seem to be the way to do it, either.

How can I reach out to these people and let them know I appreciate their gesture?

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While I don't know the etiquette or conventions that might otherwise be used here, you can invite them to a semi-private chat.

And upon following @nitsua60's link, there's a link to a related question with a detailed answer which details how to do this.

Precis:

Go to the Chat Users Page then sort by searching for the desired username. Once you have the chat user, you can 'Start a new room with this user.' The user should be notified with a message in their 'mailbox'. However, don't make this a gallery (no public posting) since the other user will have to request permission to post messages.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. I've created the chat room, but now find myself the only one there. I hoped I could use @ to alert him of the room, but as he has never been in this chat before, nothing shows. I fear the room may not be noticed. \$\endgroup\$ – user27327 May 17 '17 at 3:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ This doesn't work (by design). The only people who can be @'d in chat are those who have already been in that room, and recently. (Private and even semi-private messaging is a deliberate non-feature at SE because “useful information transmitted privately is unavailable to other readers, subverting the core purpose of the site”.) \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie May 17 '17 at 4:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @markovchain Go to Chat Users Page then sort by searching for the desired username. Once you have the chat user, you can 'Start a new room with this user.' However it may not notify the user that there's a chat with their name on it. Will test. \$\endgroup\$ – Chemus May 17 '17 at 4:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ It worked! I did receive a notification, even if you didn't @ me \$\endgroup\$ – user27327 May 17 '17 at 4:13