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Messaging ‘Conversations’ function

Bill Boyd

master brummie
I have not been able to take a good look around the new forum until now, i am of course open to be corrected but i understood that Private messages were just that, PRIVATE, and now i see that messages to members profiles ( also with a degree of privacy attached i would have thought) can now be viewed by anyone by clicking on "Whats New" and scrolling down to Members Profile messages. See Photoshots attached. Comments would be most welcome, (but not on my profile Please)
 

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mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
I don't myself ever use profile messages, and do not really see the use of them.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
I was also surprised to see them but like Mike don't see the point as I would use a "conversation" if I wanted privacy.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Profile posts are not private, it seems to be a way of posting a message for someone's attention but not in a thread.
I had forgotten about them. Just looked and I've only ever posted 4 in answer to someone who posted them to me. The last one I posted was in 2011 and the last one posted to me was in 2016. I think I only read the first 4 and maybe never noticed the others because on the previous version you had to look for them as far as I remember.

The 'What's New' in the new version seems to have replaced 'Recent Posts' in the previous version and profile posts did not show at the bottom of 'Recent Posts'.

I always use 'Conversations' ...
 
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devonjim

master brummie
I don't myself ever use profile messages, and do not really see the use of them.
I had never knowingly discovered profile messages, Wonder Mike if you realised that there have been a couple addressed to you asking for assistance. Exploring the new format I discover that I have a "follower" I never realised, I do hope I haven't been a disappointment!
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Looking at Profile Posts which I can see, the 3rd one down would have found an answer if 'Bearwood' had been typed in the 'Search Titles Only' box and found the relevant thread. The 5th one I can see has an email address visible to everyone.
I don't use them and until this thread opened I never really looked at them.
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Well until this thread was started I never knew of the existence of Profile Posts and I've been a member here sine 2004. Not that I post anything of personal nature on here, and would use email if I needed to do that.
 

cookie273uk

master brummie
sospiri, like you I'd not heard of them and I have been a member almost 10 years. I merely use 'conversation'. Eric
 

warren

Administrator
Staff member
As stated profile posts are not private messages they have always been on xenforo. Private messages are just that private ,profile messages are open to all and always have been the reason you may not of seen them is nobody had really used them.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
In reply to BillBoyd’s original message, Warren has now removed them. So whether you knew you had them or not, they’re gone ! Viv.
 

freddy

proper brummie kid
There is supposed to be an Instant Messaging link visible when clicking on members names. I don't see it.

Is it now defunct, or am I doing something wrong? Any help appreciated.

Freddy
 

pjmburns

master brummie
It is called a "conversation" but you have to have indicated in preferences that you allow conversations. The person you want to message must also have allowed conversations.
 

freddy

proper brummie kid
Thank you for the response

What I'm hoping do is contact a couple of members by e-mail because the forum does not allow email addresses to be posted. Is this what Instant Messaging does? Or does it only let "conversations" occur in real time?
 

nickcc101

master brummie
There is supposed to be an Instant Messaging link visible when clicking on members names. I don't see it.

Is it now defunct, or am I doing something wrong? Any help appreciated.

Freddy
You don't have start conversation set, I've just clicked on you're name and it's not there.
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
Freddy,

It is all that confounded jargon , the bane of our lives – a "conversation" is just a message, or a string of messages exchanged through the Forum system. The equivalent of an email or text. And not real time. If you want to communicate via email, the best thing to do is to "start a conversation" with the person concerned, send them your email address in that message and ask them to respond by that route.

Chris
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
could i just jump in here...instant messaging has now been defunct because members did not realise that the messages could be read by all members so therefore was not private and a lot of members were posting their private details ie telephone numbers/email addresses.

conversations ( in box top right of the page) are private messages only seen by the sender and recipient so far safer when exchanging your private details...

make sure that you go into your settings and tick the box that enables you to receive and send these messages..hope this helps

lyn
 

wendylee

master brummie
It is called a "conversation" but you have to have indicated in preferences that you allow conversations. The person you want to message must also have allowed conversations.
Thank you for that info as I had to instant message someone and I couldn't find instant message and I hoped I had done the correct thing by sending a "conversation"
 
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