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I'd like to contact a developer on Github to see how I can help out, etc. Any way to do this? I don't see the option anywhere.

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You can contact a GitHub user by going to her/his user page (https://github.com/[USERNAME]) and on the left-hand site you should see her/his email address (if they have provided one).

For example, here's my user page: https://github.com/sobi3ch

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Thank you. Good to know for the future. –  Josh M. Dec 5 '12 at 16:33

If users are active on GitHub, you might be able to catch their email address from a commit log or open up an issue on a project they are working on.

If they are inactive however and don't have a visible email or repository there doesn't seem to be a direct way. I came up with this workaround that might be worth a try in extreme cases:

  • create an empty repository
  • add a README.md to it containing your message and include a reply email
  • go to the Settings of that repository
  • send the repository via Transfer Ownership to the user in question

This should produce a notification for the user and allow him to contact you.

In cases when a user account is completely dead and you just want to get rid of it so that you can use the name for your own projects, you can also contact support, they will remove dead accounts:


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Check out the repository and look for their email address in the Git log.

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I don't know how long this has been in place, but now you can add @username message_content in a discussion and that user will be notified.

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Could you say a bit more about where in the interface this can be done? –  batpigandme Jun 20 '13 at 11:10
Probably any where you enter "comments" e.g. on an issue. –  Josh M. Jun 20 '13 at 14:23
Just write "@user ping" in any of issue comments –  Fedir Jul 26 '13 at 12:05

I don't know about sending them a message directly, but if you post a comment in a discussion that they are involved in, then it will appear as a notification in their github account.

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Yeah, I was hoping to avoid posting my email but ended up doing it anyway. Thanks. –  Josh M. Jul 21 '12 at 17:06
It would be nice if there was a direct-message mechanism, oh well! –  Josh M. Jul 21 '12 at 17:07

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