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New Feature: Private Messages

Today we're launching one of the features most requested by community members: private messages.

You can now send and receive messages with other Trailspace members without exposing your email address. Here's how it works:

Sending a message

Sending a private message is easy:

  1. To send a message to another member, simply navigate to his or her profile page (by clicking on the person's avatar in a forum post, or via the "People" tab at the top of any page, for example).
  2. On the member's profile page, click the "Send a private message" link (as shown at right).
  3. In the resulting form, enter a subject line and message. You can use all the formatting tools you normally use in the forums here.
  4. When you're done, click the "Send" button.

You can also send a message from your private messages inbox. To get there, just click on the "messages" link in the upper-right corner of any page on the site. Then click on the yellow "Send a new private message" button.

Reading messages

To read and reply to messages, or to compose a new message, go to your private messages inbox by clicking on the "messages" link in the upper-right corner of any page on the site.

This link will also indicate how many unread messages are waiting for you.

You don't have to log into Trailspace to check for new messages. When somebody sends you a message, you'll receive an email notification that includes a link to view the message on the Trailspace web site.

Replying

Replying is easy. At the bottom of every conversation, there's a form for you to type your reply.

 

Note: You will need to be logged into your account to use any of the private message functionality. Login or register here.

Comments

Dave....you are the man!

Thanks.

Very nice. Can we delete our email adderess from the profile?

mikemorrow said:

Very nice. Can we delete our email adderess from the profile?

You still need a valid email address associated with your member profile.

However, you can always choose to hide your email address and Real Name from other members.

Email addresses and real names, even when made public to other members, are never viewable to non-members.

I saw this feature up in the corner of the home page so I sent myself a test message. I thought I was dillusional for a second. Works great.

WOW this is a nice. Not only can I talk to myself, now I can send myself text messages too!

Nice added feature, THANX

Very, very cool, Dave. I second Trout's comment :)

An extra benefit and feature. Thanks 

Dave seriously " You ARE THE MAN" wow off the site for a week and you go crazy dave..Your awesome...Great job and I hope your not stuck behind a monitor..

I think it is a great idea.  With the usual social problems, I suspect.

Well now THIS is handy.  Got my first connection from the new service. Its nice to know opportunities are still within grasp of those that seek.  Hope she/he hikes as well.

"Hello dear,
My name is xxxx, single searching for true love relationship as i saw your page here  (http://www.trailspace.com) and i became interested in you and i will like to know more about you and if you don't mind to mail me back here (xxxx) then i will reply you with my pictures and tell you more about myself. Awaiting for your mail.
With best regards
xxxx."

lol speacock I got that one too

That account is now banned as a spammer.

We'll be looking at the best way to enable members to communicate with each other, while preventing as much spam and other unwanted communications as possible.

April 24, 2011 at 10:38 a.m. (EDT)

maka2131@hotmail.com
...................................
Hello dear,
My name is Maka, single searching for true love relationship as i saw your page here  (http://www.trailspace.com) and i became interested in you and i will like to know more about you and if you don't mind to mail me back here (maka2131@hotmail.com) then i will reply you with my pictures and tell you more about myself. Awaiting for your mail.
With best regards
Maka.

 

Got this message and just wanted others to know that it is ALL over the web. Its either a hacker or someone really desperate. Beware!

Ghetto Hiker

I got that too. 

Dang, thought I had a chance!  Probably wouldn't have carried my stuff tho.

 

Very nice, I just noticed it this morning with a couple messages and read and replied. Great!

 The message from Maka

Yes I got that too.

sorry`to have dashed any of your hopes :) Some letters like massages don't always finish with a "happy ending"

In reference to Maka..............haha - The E World is full of PHISHERMAN/ PEOPLE.....

I think the message feature is a great addition here.  It can be managed so long as all cooperate in keeping the flames down and the conversation civil.  Just like backpackin'.

i really like the private messages but how do you delete them?

..I'll second that..

Go to your list of messages.

If you don't want to see a conversation again, click on the X on the right at the end of that conversation.

It will be gone for good.

alicia 

thanks much dan

what about a feature that shows and or takes you to the last post you have read or the next post to read in any thread ?

Callahan said:

what about a feature that shows and or takes you to the last post you have read or the next post to read in any thread ?

Sorry for the late reply. That's something that's on my wishlist, but there are a couple significant data storage and retrieval challenges that mean it probably won't happen for a while.

Thanks Dave,  this has been very helpful.

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