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  1. How do I get the list of all the users (their names or IDs) who have followed the given proposal?

  2. How do I send a message from Area51 discussion zone, to all of them at once as an announcement? It would not be a spam, but I just have to send the request for gathering more followers for the proposals. How do I?

Thanks.

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We do no provide lists of email addresses of user, nor provide a way to contact them privately. That would go against our privacy policy and users would not expect to be contacted in that manner.

  • I am not looking for email addresses nor their private contacts. I am just looking for the list of UserIDs of the followers from an API? I want to send a broadcast message of appeal regarding the proposal to them so that the message appears in their stackexchange inbox. – Nikhil Mulley Jan 31 '12 at 15:44
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    @Nikhil: The API would not provide a means of adding messages to a user's SE inbox. We do not provide instant messaging or any way to contact users privately. The gist of it is that this is not a social network and users do not expect to be contacted by you directly. Users can follow and keep abreast of the developments of a proposal through the web site. If uses wish to be contacted directly by users, they can leave contact information in their 'about me' profile. – Robert Cartaino Jan 31 '12 at 15:50
  • hmmm...okay, but I guess the platform is so huge given the base of users, that it does not seem to me a attractive thing not to have a platform for an instant message stuff... :-/ I reckon that interactive chat for online users is greatly available :-). – Nikhil Mulley Jan 31 '12 at 16:21
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The only way I can think of is to leave a comment with a username like @NikhilMulley and then it is flagged in the inbox of that user's account(s). That can be tedious as one can only comment to one user at a time. It would be advantageous for an organizer to be able to instruct people as to how to use the site. On the site I am trying to organize almost everyone has no familiarity with the rules for using StackExchange and 13 our of 15 have never ever seen a StackExchange posting. So, it would be in StackExchange's own interest to provide a better introduction for site usage for these people, otherwise, the high percentage influx of potential new users will go untapped. Sure, I have sent people to StackExchange from social media, but, then I feel that the ball is slippery if not dropped entirely by StackExchange. How do I use this site and what should I do to get my favorite topic off the ground needs to be much more up front.

WELCOME NEW USER! WE ARE TRULY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU HERE. TO GET YOUR NEW WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING
THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS YOU CAN DO. VOTE! (UP AND DOWN TRIANGLES). MAKE UP QUESTIONS! DIS-
CUSS ISSUES AND ANSWER QUESTIONS IN THE DISCUSSION AREA...

I myself, even though I am not a newbie, am not familiar with what I should be doing to get my potential site up and running. And what instructions there are are cryptic.

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