Private Messaging

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  1. NotANerdYet macrumors newbie

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    Can other members be private messaged? And if so, how?
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Yes, but you have to have a minimum of 5 posts before you can use the feature.
     
  3. NotANerdYet thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks
     
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  5. Heavybarrel macrumors newbie

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    I have made 5 posts and i still can't personal message anyone? :(
     
  6. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Give it some time as the servers need to update and propagate before they're registered with your post count. Once they do, you should be able to. If after a few more posts and time you are still unable, send a Contact message and an administrator will have a look.
     
  7. Heavybarrel macrumors newbie

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    Okay, i will wait. Also where do i get the option/button to personal message, trying to raise post count. ;)
     
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    You click on users name and then a drop-down menu appears, and that's where you can choose to private message someone.
     
  9. Heavybarrel macrumors newbie

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    I still just get 3 options, none of them is for personal message. I'll just re-log in, and maybe wait and see. Thanks.
     
  10. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    While one has to have posted at least five posts to be eligible to use the PM feature (presumably to discourage Spam among other things), sending a PM does not, in fact, serve to increase one's post count.
     
  11. Heavybarrel macrumors newbie

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    I do realize that, Whats concerning me is that I still can't P.M. anyone. I've contacted the administrator, still waiting for his/her reply.
     
  12. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Your Contact has been received and being reviewed. Give them some time to look it over and get back with you.
     
  13. vishavg macrumors member

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    I am having the same problem. I can't seem to PM members, even though I have more than 5 posts
     
  14. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    The minimum has been changed to 25 posts recently.
     
  15. Meister Suspended

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    How do I see messages that I have sent? It doesnt show anything in my outbox.
     
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    Thank you! This should be checked by default, since otherwise it leaves you unsure if you actually sent something, especially with unstable internet connections.
    There should also be some sort of confirmations for the report post option.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    There's an option for a read receipt and you can check the sent folder.
     
  19. D.T. macrumors 604

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    I think it should be checked by default as well, that seems like the natural default behavior you'd expect as a user (i.e., like email).

    :cool:
     
  20. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Please note that the required number of posts is again 5, not 25. See this post for details.
     
  21. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    If I may be so bold as to ask, why was it changed to 25 posts (, in fact, it was)? And why now has it been changed back? Just curious, really; if it is something that cannot be discussed, or you would prefer not to discuss it, that is fine.
     
  22. Doctor Q Administrator

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    The change to 25 was an unnoticed byproduct of other changes we made some months ago. It wasn't apparent until questions from users started coming in. The problem was that multiple parts of the forum implementation had been tied together, so when the properties of one feature changed, others changed as well. We've since set up individual controls for Private Messages and tested the new configuration, so we're announcing that the threshold is back to "normal".

    The choice of a 5-post minimum has helped limit private message spam (unsolicited promotional messages from new users), and we don't consider it a burden to make 5 useful posts when there are hundreds of new discussions every day. Private message spam is fairly uncommon here, but if you get one please report the PM to the moderators.
     
  23. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    That is perfectly reasonable and thanks for taking the time to respond to my query.

    Given the discussion on the thread, I had wondered whether there had been a significant 'sea change' which had decided upon a new threshold of 25 in order to send and receive PMs, but this was clearly not the case.

    I'll certainly send a PM if anything of the sort that you describe occurs.

     
  24. suntannedmonk macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't this policy simply increase posts that don't contribute to the conversation?
     
  25. Doctor Q Administrator

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    If posts are obviously useless, it's likely they will be reported and removed. That discourages the practice.
     

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