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How to use Private Messages (PMs)

Discussion in 'How To Use This Forum' started by Josephine, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Josephine

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    1. Private messages are private and can only be viewed by those included in the list of participants.

    2. Please note that while new members can receive PMs, they cannot send them until they have made 10 posts.

    3. We would also request that wherever possible you don't take discussion into PMs as they are not then accessible to guests or to searches on the forum. Remember how you came to this forum searching for something in particular and had that snippet of information had been put into a PM, you wouldn't have found it.



    How to send PMs
    You can have them one-on-one or with group of people. Just put their names in the box separated by a comma ','

    The "Start a New Private Message" can be found in many locations

    1. At the InBox

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    2. By clicking on the other person's avatar or name in their post box.
    This brings up what is known as an Overlay - or in more familiar words, a pop-up!

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    3. In your In-Box, under the list of previous PM titles

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    STARTING A PRIVATE MESSAGE
    Now you are taken to the new message page where you can add other member's names

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    By ticking the boxes at the bottom, you can also apply other controls like
    "Allow anyone in the Private Message to invite others" or
    "Lock Private Message (no responses allowed)" but do remember that is you do this, it will also include the person you have PM'd!


    When you "Send Private Message", the persons you have added to the address list will be sent an alert advising them they have mail!

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    You will observe that this ends up looking just like a thread except only you and your invitees can see it.

    PLEASE NOTE
    When somebody replies to your post, you will get an email alert which you SHOULD NOT REPLY TO. It's merely an alert sent out by the forum robot and if you reply with it, your message will not be seen by your fellow correspondents in the PM. Such an email looks like this and you can see two places which are links that will take you to the conversation.

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