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Contacting forum members

Contacting forum members

Contacting forum members

How do I contact a member directly via a message, rather than on a post?

RE: Contacting forum members

There is no provision for direct messaging or emailing a member. That has never been instituted in these forums and there is currently no plan to do so.

RE: Contacting forum members

OK thanks for responding. On other technical forums, it is allowed, why can't you do it here?

RE: Contacting forum members

There are other technical forums that do have the type of feature you're looking for. I'm not sure if Eng-Tips doesn't have the feature activated, or if the forum platform doesn't allow it; either way, it isn't possible here.

Andrew H.

RE: Contacting forum members

I think the "reason" is that they don't want people spamming other members. Personally, I think it's limiting and pointless.

RE: Contacting forum members

The workaround is typically to put up a post calling out the person you want to talk to, and if they want you to contact them they'll either give you their email and delete it quickly, or will give you enough information to find them. At least one prominent member of the forum has a riddle in their profile. If you can solve it, you get their email address.

RE: Contacting forum members

Most forums have a Private message function.
And an ignore function, which would be great.

Eng-tips hasn't changed since I joined Engineering.com back in mid 90's.

It's easier to manage when you don't have to actually do anything.

RE: Contacting forum members

I suspect it's to keep the engineering discussion to the site... so everyone can benefit from the replies...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?


RE: Contacting forum members

My understanding is that it was a software incapability issue with the original software. When the present owners took over the forums, they decided not to upgrade the site and port it to more robust software, so it continues to limp along.

Yes, there are others that allow direct messaging. I'm involved with another engineering forum, now owned by the original owner of Eng-Tips; however, if I mention the name of the forum this post will get deleted by management. It has direct messaging and a very friendly interface.

I'll see if I can disguise it....It is simply with an "i" instead of "y". Then add engineering.com...all one word. I think you'll like it.

RE: Contacting forum members

pretty subtle, Ron... bigsmile

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?


RE: Contacting forum members

Hey dik...let's see how long it sticks!

RE: Contacting forum members

This is at least better than linkedin in terms of conversations. Linkedin devolves into 75% of posters just wanting the world to see how smart they are about stuff that they know near nothing about.

RE: Contacting forum members

Point of a forum is to discuss issues in public. I don't see a benefit for private messages.

On hobby forums I'm part of there is an option for PM. The only benefit is, if for some reason I sell or buy an item from a forum member. But that isn't the case on a professional forum. Any other PMs I got on those forums are either insults, or questions that could have been posted publicly or were already answered in the thread anyway.

RE: Contacting forum members

@EP...there's a benefit to direct messaging. I keeps specific correspondence from cluttering the general forum. Often there is a need to contact the individual for specific information that would have little or no benefit in the main forum. We have found this to be the case in the other forum that I'm involved in. Many of our members there have used the direct messaging feature and found it to be useful.

RE: Contacting forum members

I agree it's open.

Sometime I reply to a post and I am wrong.

Others correct me

That is good

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