"Private Moosages" are going to be renamed to "Purple Moosages" on August 31st to reflect that you shouldn't have the expectation they remain private. We actually started talking about this before the recent current events. But now that even Google is saying not to expect privacy, it is high time to move forward.
This doesn't mean that the moderators are going to be routinely reading your Purple Moosages of course. We have better things to do. But we can. So don't Purple Moosage your credit card number or any embarrassing secrets! Or maybe you should email those juicy secrets
Wait - what if I already posted something I don't want you to read This change is not taking effect until Saturday August 31st. You can go into your Inbox and delete any old PMs. Deleting them deletes them forever. We can't get them back for you. You can copy/paste them to your own machine if you want to keep them for posterity.
How far back do you keep PMs We have all PMs that users chose not to delete going back to 2009. (January 3rd 2009 we migrated to the current forum software and we chose not to migrate PMs from the old system.)
What if I have a question about this change? Just reply to this thread and a moderator will answer.
In case you are wondering why we are using "moosage" instead of "message", see this cute notepad.
I don't know for sure, but I believe you will still be able to do so. I haven't heard that this part is changing.
Margaret Gillon -
no. We do not provide you with a gmail account. Our software has the ability for users to send one another a message that doesn't go on the public board. Moderators can see them, if they really wanted to (trust me, we all have too much other stuff going on to care about a PM here). I'll send you one so you can see what they are about.
The forum called them "private messages" by default, but since they aren't REALLY private (see above comment about moderators), we thought the name should be updated.
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
Nothing changes except the name of the feature (and perhaps some colors). The name is simply changing from the JForum default of "private messages" so that it's clear that the messages are not completely private from the staff. Look at it as a measure of "truth in advertising".
Yes, you can still delete your PMs after August 31st. It's just that August 31st is the date when we are changing the name/color scheme.
And the date that if we were so moved we could read PMs. As Fred noted, we've got better things to do so it is rare. An example is if a member complains another member sent spam/profanity/etc. We could look at it to tell off and/or ban the user.