Private Messages

i’ve read through the FAQ, yet i’m still perplexed on how to RETREAT my messages and if I can send private messages to others without setting the others in my buddy list.

where can i go read this information?

one more Q.

from the weekly news sent by oriented.org, i can read some new members’ profiles.

i wonder if there is a site where i can review more previous registered members?

Ever since Segue changed a week or so again, I haven’t been able to access my private messages (apparently I’ve got at least one).

Is it just me?

Brian

I see a problem with the HTML for the PM button (between “Profile” and “FAQ”, near the top of the page).

<img src="templates/subSilver/images/icon_mini_message.gif" width="12" height="13" border="0" alt=" <B style="color:green;">1 PM</b>" hspace="3" />

Thus, another tag is getting stuck inside the ALT for the image. :!:

The incorrect HTML showed up when I had a personal message. Now that I have checked the message (and thus have no new ones waiting for me), the coding is correct:

<a href="privmsg.php?folder=inbox" class="mainmenu" style="font-size : 70%;"> <img src="templates/subSilver/images/icon_mini_message.gif" width="12" height="13" border="0" alt="No new PMs" hspace="3" /> No new PMs</a>

I have the same problem

Iris

Oh yeah, that’s the problem.

The third link was reading '2 PMs" hspace=“3” />2 PMs ', but now thta I’ve checked it, it seems Ok again.
Thanks
brian

Sorry, still don’t get it. What do I have to do?

Not that I’d get many PMs these days :frowning:

Iris

Iris, try clicking
forums.segue.com.tw/privmsg.php?folder=inbox

That should get you into your private messages and at least temporarily clear the problem for you.

The real problem, though, will have to be fixed by Gus.

Sorry for the delays.

I’ve removed the fancy formatting – this is ok now.

Help: I’ve been banned from PMs, for no reasons that were ever explained to me by the admin. QUOTE:“Sorry, but the administrator has prevented you from sending private messages.”

Can someone pass this message on to Maoman or Alien and ask them to at least get back to me on this? Thanks.

Does this also mean I cannot receive PMs?

I will erase this post later.

[color=green]~snipped from another thread~[/color]
NOTE TO MAOMAN: why have I been banned from sending PMs? I merely sent a polite PM to ironlady yesterday and she replied saying she will do her best to get be banned from sending PMs. Why? I was not rude or disrespectful, yet Alleycat can go around calling fellow posters DUMBASS, see above, and you don’t even say a thing to him? Maoman, what is going on here? Whenever fellow posters have asked me NOT to send them PMs, such as monkey and wolfman and sandman and others, I have refrained from doing so. This was the first time I PMed ironlady, and look what i get? I am banned from Pms here? Hardly seems democratic. At least, ask me what happpened. Nothing happened. I didnt send ironlady a second PM after she asked me never again to PM her, so what did I do wrong? Please reconsider or at least tell the forum community why some posters have been banned from PMing without even a fair hearing. I smell a rat! Wow, some people here are uppity as hell. Is the SARS thing getting on everyone’s nerves. Jeez, Maoman, give me a ring. PM me if you like. Can I still receive Pms? i don’t know. But I do feel that his kind of treatment is NOT what gus and christine had in mind when they started this democratic forum,with mods of course. I respect what you mods are doing. Really. But this?

This is what ironlady said to me in her PM yesterday: “Don’t bother with any more private messages to me, please. If you do, I’ll do my darndest to get you banned. Anything you want to say, you can say on the boards.”

I tried to PM you, Maoman, to tell you I will honor Ironlady’s reqquest, but my PM came back saying: “You are not allowed to PM anymore!”

So if PMs cannot be used for private messages, then what are they for?

THIS IS WHAT THE ADMIN TOLD ME: “Sorry, but the administrator has prevented you from sending private messages.” when I tried to send Maoman a PM about all this. Hmmmmm.

One of the three administrators took away your PM privileges because you had been sending too many spam PMs to moderators (apparently more than one). I think what bothered people is that they were NOT private messages, but more cut and pastes from posts on the board. I don’t think anybody doubts that you are a good guy, formosa, but the netiquette thing needs to be worked on, that’s for sure. If you can promise to “play nice”, I can talk to the mods and the administrator who revoked your PM privilege about reinstating it.

Give formosa a break. If the moderators have some problem with him then perhaps they could communicate with him first rather than just blocking his pm’s. I have exchanged a number of pm’s with formosa and found him perfectly friendly and reasonable.

Just out of curiosity. Who is an administrator besides Maoman and Gus?

Hey, at the end of the day Forumosa is a private board (Gus’ board) and he and anyone else he cares to make an admin (and who has the time to spend to be one, which I for one wouldn’t have even if I wanted to) make any decisions they darn well please.

It’s the same thing as being sniffy with the mods: if you’re upset about it, then put in some time and sweat equity and get yourself made a mod. Same thing holds for admin positions, although I assume it would take a whole lot more to be made an admin than a mere mod.

I personally can’t see why “things aren’t running well at Forumosa” because one guy is yelling about his PMs getting cut after sending loads of unsolicited cut’n’paste stuff to people (as I have read). A PM is “what do you personally think about…”, not “as has been sent to another 1,000 people…”

Dag! Much more of this and I’m gonna have to call up my Mysterious Male Accomplice with the Dangerous Backpack and overpower a half dozen or so security guards, just to remind you what I’m really made of.

–Rusting Granny

[quote=“RUSTY GRANNY”]Hey, at the end of the day Forumosa is a private board (Gus’ board) and he and anyone else he cares to make an admin (and who has the time to spend to be one, which I for one wouldn’t have even if I wanted to) make any decisions they darn well please.

It’s the same thing as being sniffy with the mods: if you’re upset about it, then put in some time and sweat equity and get yourself made a mod. Same thing holds for admin positions, although I assume it would take a whole lot more to be made an admin than a mere mod.
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I appreciate the work that Gus and others do to keep this forum going. We can’t all be mods/admins, but you still have to expect feedback from the community members when priveleges are yanked and threats of banning are thrown about. Especially about someone as innocuous as Formosa. Half the time I’m pretty sure he doesn’t mean a word he says–if you read closely, there’s some pretty funny stuff in there. I agree that the cut-and-paste PMs can be annoying, but come on. Seems like he could have been issued a warning before his PM priveleges were cut. I know you didn’t have it done, just a comment.

Hi folks,

I feel we (the administrator team) moved too quickly to censure formosa by restricting his PM-ing capability. Formosa, I am sorry for this.

Although Ironlady brought formosa’s curious use of PM-ing to our attention last week, she never requested that he be banned nor that his PM-ing be restricted. The forum software allows us (the administrators) to restrict a member’s PM-ing, but it does not allow us to restrict or block PM-ing selectively. Since Ironlady is a moderator (and we are very biased to our moderators – in case no one has noticed), a decision was made to act, and to act fast.

In my opinion, this decision was wrong. Over the past year and a half, a process of group decision making has developed on this website. Part of the purpose behind this “group process” is to recognize that different members and moderators have diverse views. Other modifications have been installed in this website to help the members, moderators and administators signal what we’d like to see and what we do not like to see on this website – for examples, the Ratings, Guanxi, and Chops.

Where things get kind of cloudy for me is when an anything-goes atmosphere clashes with the time and efforts volunteered by our moderators. Don’t waste their time. Don’t repeat post and spam their forums. And don’t post outrageous accusations about people or places without clear and reasonable argument. Since we value the moderators time and dedication so much, we’ll respond quickly (maybe too quickly) to address what concerns they may have.

I think this is what happened here.

SO NOW WHAT?

  1. A set of forum guidelines will be posted in the Knowledge Base. These “rules” will describe what could get you banned or sanctioned by this forum. There is one basic rule which should be pretty obvious to most of us: if you are warned by a moderator, and you choose to ignore the warning, then your account will be affected somehow. Now what if you find the warning unwarranted? Do what formosa did – state your case to the rest of the community in the Feedback or Neighborhood Watch forums.

  2. I will re-instate forumosa’s PM-ing privileges. I am sorry that it has taken me this long to return them.

  3. Finally, and not least, thank you to everyone who contributed to this topic thread. It’s cool to see that so many care enough about their accounts to write in. It’s also great to see people in support of other memebrs – moderators and members alike

just found this thread today. relax, everyone. time out.

whoever took my PM off has turned it back on – NOT that I am ever going to use it again, once bitten twice shy, as someone said on another thread – but it’s nice to have the privileges restored.

And thanks for all the public and private support, Chodofu and gang. Yea, democracy. Jeez, I’m just a harmless mouse potato who doesn’t even mean half the things I say (as Jeff so brilliantly noted).

All is forgiven. We’re among friends. Go back to the real threads and drop this one. All’s well that ends well. No hard feelings, all in a day’s work.

We’re in this together, and sandman is one of my best friends…

Ironlady, apologies all around, love ya, let’s get back to work…(but for the record, I didn’t SPAM Pms to 1000s of people, the real figure is like 10 people. I don’t have time on my hands for 1000 spams, dear. you know that!) As a victim here of the “allegations” fraud, I now see how easy it to hang someone in public by making false claims which others are quick to believe. But I do believe it was all done by good people who had frayed nerves and other personal troubles, and as someone myself with frayed nerves and personal troubles, all is forgiven…

BUT, one thing I don’t understand and would love clarification. Maoman wrote: “One of the three administrators took away your PM privileges because you had been sending too many spam PMs to moderators…”

Why didn’t said administrator, and it wasn’t Gus and it wasn’t Maoman, so that leaves just X, why didn’t X have the courtesy to PM me and ask if the allegations he/she had heard were true and WARN me in no uncertain terms? And could this person X still please PM me privately and explain me why she/he didn’t give me a warning first. I just want to know. Enquiring minds want to know. I promise to keep it all confidential. Accountablity is the name of the game.

When I send a pm I get invalid_session
I wonder if the message is actually getting sent?
Hmmmm

if it says “Invalid Session” it wasn’t sent. I think that means you got logged out for some strange reason, Press Back on your browers, then reload, that should force it to log you back in again. Repeat until your message works :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks Matt
That worked like a charm!