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Send the content of private message in email

Draig Ladd
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The notification email for private message only has a link to private message webpage. It would be neat if the email had the content of the private message.
Martin Vajsar
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This question has been already discussed here; as mentioned in that thread, not to include the post contents was a deliberate decision that is unlikely to be revised.
Draig Ladd
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This question has been already discussed here; as mentioned in that thread, not to include the post contents was a deliberate decision that is unlikely to be revised.

The topic only discuss about the inclusion of additional content in subject line which is not an issue for me. If i could get more details in the body section of the email, that will be useful.
Ulf Dittmer
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What I said there was that post contents would not be included in the email; the same goes for PM contents.


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Draig Ladd
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That's very disappointing.
Campbell Ritchie
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What’s disappointing? That you have to log on or open the website to read the contents? Doesn’t the e-mail have a link in for you to click?
Andrew Monkhouse
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Draig - I'll provide some background so that you can (hopefully) understand why this is not likely to change.

There is a fairly major problem with sending the contents of a PM in the body of the email about the PM - people respond via email instead of responding to the PM, which means that the original sender does not get to see the reply. With the current system, there is at least one person a week who gets the email, reads the PM, then responds via email system instead of through the PM. I do not understand this, and I am concerned about how much worse this would get.

If we were to keep the idea of PMs then we might consider using some sort of tracking information in the body or the subject of the PM so that we can automatically redirect the response back to the original recipient.
  • This would be difficult to do as doing so would increase the chances of the email being considered spam.
  • This would require significant development effort for the already overworked volunteers who work on the JForum codebase. I can't see this being a priority.


  • We are considering a replacement to the PM system, but more about that when (if) it eventuates.


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