Help with PMs

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Help with PMs

Postby Dale » Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:23 pm

Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this question, but I can't find the answer in the FAQs or anywhere else nor any way to contact the administrator. I sent private messages through this forum to two people four days ago. Composed them and hit "Submit" and they went into my "Outbox" and then went to my "Sentbox" shortly thereafter. Today I replied to the reply I received to one of those messages and hit "Submit," but my reply is still sitting in my "Outbox" over five hours later. Am I doing something wrong here? Seems like a message isn't really sent until it goes into the "Sentbox." I've logged out, logged back in, etc., but there it sits.

Also, the "Save" function doesn't seem to work until after a message goes into the "Sentbox."

Advice, please? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Help with PMs

Postby David Flick » Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:19 am

topcat57 wrote:Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this question, but I can't find the answer in the FAQs or anywhere else nor any way to contact the administrator. I sent private messages through this forum to two people four days ago. Composed them and hit "Submit" and they went into my "Outbox" and then went to my "Sentbox" shortly thereafter. Today I replied to the reply I received to one of those messages and hit "Submit," but my reply is still sitting in my "Outbox" over five hours later. Am I doing something wrong here? Seems like a message isn't really sent until it goes into the "Sentbox." I've logged out, logged back in, etc., but there it sits.

Also, the "Save" function doesn't seem to work until after a message goes into the "Sentbox."

Advice, please? Thanks in advance.

You're in the right place to post the question. I'm not sure I can help you much, but I'll try.

The PM (Private Message) is, as you probably know, a lot like regular email. I find it somewhat cumbersome, believing that email is easier. As I understand things, here are the functions of those "boxes."

INBOX: The Inbox in the same as incoming email except it is restricted to incoming PMs. There is only so much space in each box and they can fill up quickly if you have a lot of incoming PMs. The box in the upper right hand corner tells how much space has been used. If the scale reached 100%, you cannot receive incoming PM form other forum members. So it is important to keep sufficient space available for incoming PMs.

SENTBOX: The Sentbox is the location where copies of all of your sent mail (PMs) are filed. They are copies, meaning all PMs were duly sent. In other words, if you have a copy of your PM in the Sentbox, the recipient of the PM has received his/her PM from you.

OUTBOX: I don't fully understand this box myself. I think it is a temporary file for Sent PMs. On my computer, outgoing PMs go both to the Sentbox and the outbox. But after a short time the PMs disappear from the Outbox. Most of the time, my Outbox is empty. but I can always find a copy of it in the Sentbox. However, if the Sentbox gets full (100%) the system will not file sent PMs. So like the Inbox, you will need to leave sufficient space in there to hold outgoing PMs. the thing I find frustrating about the Sentbox is that there's not enough space to save and keep all the PMs for future reference.

SAVEBOX: I really don't understand this one very well. I don't know where the saved PMs go. They seem to go to the Sentbox, but I don't know.

I suspect this may be more confusing than helpful perhaps Bruce Gourley, the owner of this website, can help you in a better way that I can. You might send him a PM with the question you've asked here. His PM address is "Bruce G." Perhaps Bruce will see this thread and provide some help for both of us. Tell you what, I'll PM a copy of this post to him and see if we can get some help.

Meanwhile, glad you've joined the discussion forum. We would love to have you enter some of the discussions on the Baptist Faith and Practice forum...
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Postby Dale » Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:45 am

Thank you for the reply, David.

> The PM (Private Message) is, as you probably know, a lot like regular email. I find it somewhat cumbersome, believing that email is easier.

I agree regular e-mail is much easier. "Cumbersome" is a good description of the PM function! "Painfully slow" also comes to mind.

> As I understand things, here are the functions of those "boxes."

Your descriptions are clear and describe my understanding of them as well. They correspond to the Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, and custom folders in a regular mail program. The Savebox is just a big "custom" folder where you can save copies of your messages. Nothing goes there unless you mark and save a message in your Inbox or Sentbox. Even though there's a Save button for marked messages in the Outbox, marking a message and trying to save it from there doesn't appear to do anything. It only works after the message goes to the Sentbox.

> If the scale reached 100%, you cannot receive incoming PM form other forum members. So it is important to keep sufficient space available for incoming PMs.

Yes, I saw the meters and that was never the problem in my case. I sent the reply in question at 9:59 yesterday morning, and it was still sitting in my Outbox at 7:50 last night. So I deleted it and sent another copy of my reply. Again, this one was still sitting in my Outbox late last night. However, I just checked at 8:00 this morning, and that message finally made it to my Sentbox. Once it's in there you can mark and save it, and it'll go to your Savebox which is where you can save messages you have sent and received.

Unlike regular e-mail where you control when a message is sent, it appears messages aren't always sent by the PM system in a timely manner or at regular intervals (unless by "regular intervals" you mean once every 12 hours). I did PM myself a "test" message and received it almost immediately although it remained in my Outbox as well. So who knows? :? It's difficult to tell when or if a message is actually sent by this system. I don't know if the person received 0, 1, or 2 copies of my reply, but I suppose time will tell. :)

Thanks again.
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