What's the difference between email and "private message" to contact a forum member

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What's the difference between email and "private message" to contact a forum member

Post by LeftOvers » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:52 am

I want to ask a member question. What's the difference between the two choices: "Email address: send email to 'member'" or "PM: send private message"?
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Re: What's the difference between email and "private message" to contact a forum member

Post by hooky » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:46 pm

An email goes to the recipients email inbox. Private message never leaves the server goes to users message inbox here on the forum.


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Re: What's the difference between email and "private message" to contact a forum member

Post by LeftOvers » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:16 pm

Thanks.

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Re: What's the difference between email and "private message" to contact a forum member

Post by fonixmunkee » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:42 am

Like Hooky said, an email is sent to a user anonymously via the Forum software. It shows up in the recipients personal email as being "from" the forums, so there's a bit of anonymity there.

A private message never leaves the forum itself. I think the "Private Message" feature is superfluous, since I get an email notification saying that I have a "private message waiting for you on the Isle Royale forums" anyway.
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Re: What's the difference between email and "private message" to contact a forum member

Post by LeftOvers » Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:34 am

Thank you. I think I should spend some time reading the FAQs (faq.php). I would have found the answer there.

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