Because I've run across this situation, here are two methods I've used.
First, one you've already tried: searching through a user's answers.
Go to the Activity tab of Stephen's profile.
Go to the search box at the top (which is prefilled with "user:86440") and adding "is:A recover" to search for Answers (is:A) containing the text "recover". Search.
On the ...
No, there is no way of making sure a specific user reads your post. You could leave a comment under one of Stephen's posts and ask them to check but that can be considered rude and a bit pushy. This isn't a social networking site.
But while Stephen is indeed extremely knowledgeable and helpful, he isn't the only expert on the site, and it's very unlikely he'...
The question was put on hold as "unclear" (and later automatically deleted as it was never updated). It is unclear because you failed to include information about the message that you saw on screen. We generally don't like images in questions, but we recognise that it's sometimes difficult to transcribe text that can't easily be copied and pasted into ...
Besides the actual case already discussed here, I'd like to drop two more thoughts on the general subject:
There is a difference between
I'm trying to do X with Y.
I would like to do X and want/need to use Y for some reason.
In the first case, the OP is likely to be happy when learning that this is easier to be done with approach ...
I have a strong response of "No." In fact, the situation you describe is one of the things I hate most about using this site.
I have a rigorous method for solving problems. When I ask a question in pursuit of a solution, I put work into making sure that question is well-defined and precisely the question that I want an answer to. When someone responds by ...
I'm no expert, but I believe that the answer is no, for the reasons cited here and elsewhere.
However -- what I would do is work with the OP to clarify the question. This falls squarely into the role of comments on the OP in order to improve the question.
This way, if the OP does not concur, you've given it a good try in public. Unseen to you, this is ...