Q. What are PMs?
A. PM stands for private message and they are sent through the forums' instant message system.
Q. Why can't I PM someone?
A. Only those who have Donated towards Premium Membership can use this facility. It may also be that you need a certain number of posts before you can PM someone. This is to prevent spamming. Sometimes users may also choose to not allow members to PM them.
NOTE: For communication to take place BOTH Members must have access to the facility. In other words BOTH Members will need to be Premium Members. If a Premium Member sends a PM to a Regular Member then that Regular Member will NOT be able to read it.
Q. How do I stop members from sending me PMs?
A. Go to your control panel and then select 'Block Incoming', then choose 'Yes, block all incoming Personal Messages' then click the button 'Update Choice' and that is it!
Q. What would I use PMs for?
A. If you want to ask something that may seem too personal or confidential for the public. However keep in mind that ALL rules still apply in sending messages to someone privately. Anyone found spamming will be immediately deleted.
Q. Can Admin see my PMs?
A. Admin can choose to view your PMs if he thinks you are a predator, spammer or have received a report about your abuse of this feature.
Q. What is the number of posts I need before I can PM?
A. It changes based on current need/problems, but you are safe around 100 posts, but if you upgrade then it is much less - see the Compare Page.
Q. I keep getting messages saying that my inbox is full, but I only have a couple of messages in there!
A. PM is not meant to replace your Email, it is a means to make intitial contact only and then you can exchange Email or I'm addresses as the case may be. Therefore, your inbox has limited storage which means you will have to delete old messages often. Please ensure that your sent folder is not also storing messages.
Q. Someone sent me a bad PM, should I report it?
A. Yes! Rules are to be followed even in PMing. Use the contact page.
One of the Moderators reported to me today that the PM system is not working at the moment. I made a few quick fixes but I noticed it still does not send the message. I will be looking into it as soon as I can and will Post any Updates as need be.
Issues with regards to Private Messages have been Updated / Fixed. I also tested the Friend System and it seems to all be working well.
Some Cosmetic Fixes
Based on some feedback I made some quick fixes to the cosmetic layout of the PM system's posting page so those smilies don't take up so much space and the text is more uniform. It needs more work but its a little cleaner now.
I have used the PM system for a while now I think this latest version is very nice. It looks to be easy to use and easy to understand. Thanks for all your hard work on all of this.
Is anyone encountering any issues with the PM system such as not being able to access or see messages since the change over to secure connection?
I did have that issue but I closed IF a few times and it just came back up. I'm wondering if the issue was on my end?
A pause from Private Messages to share interesting fact from past times:
Today is: 14th December (GMT), in history on the 14th of December, 1972 AD the following event happened:
Willy Brandt re-elected West German chancellor