Can a member of the ELL community propose/ ask another member to share their email address to further communicate the ideas about the English language with one another privately, not in the chat room, devoid of privacy? Since nobody is being forced and there's a will, isn't there a way?

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    One can enter a chatroom, post one's email address then delete the message within several seconds' time. That will give enough time for the other user to write down the address. – CowperKettle Jul 28 '17 at 3:24
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    I think the best way to do this from a technical perspective would be a service like pastebin.com where you can share a link to a bit of text that you can make expire in a few minutes. Share the link in a chatroom that you've invited the other person to - even if someone sees the link later, they won't be able to get your e-mail address. Deleting a message from a chatroom doesn't make it completely inaccessible. – ColleenV Jul 28 '17 at 12:09

I think the easiest solution for you is to make a junk or temporary email address, give that email to the person you want to talk with and then switch to your actual email address when they send you theirs.

There's nothing wrong with proposing discussing things away from the site but I don't know that users are necessarily going to be interested in chatting over email. You shouldn't pressure them to do it and they may consider you rude for asking. Many people are disinterested in giving out their email address, so I recommend you follow this path as it gives them the chance to decide if they want to contact you first rather than you asking them for their email.

Another option is to make a gallery chat room and only give this other person permission to chat there. It will be visible to everyone but it will only be you and they (and moderators) who can chat there. If you just want to talk about a question or English in general, it may be easier to do this.

There is no way to privately convey information on the site.


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