Yes a PM feature would be helpful
I respect the concern and need for privacy John. Your point is well taken. Perhaps an alternate version wherein members could opt in (or not). If privledges get abused, the member could opt out? It is your board; just thinking out loud.
I like the opt in. I end up getting tracked from LinkedIn anyway.
I think an opt-in with a "block" feature would be pretty good. In fact you could make it so that if more than X people block another particular person, the blocked person can no longer send PMs (at least until some kind of review by the admins). That should prevent general PM abuse.
You could also make the PM feature something available only after a user hits a certain level of something (like karma on HN). Users could not send PMs until they made at least 5 public comments, or received at least 10 positive votes on comments. That would help ensure newbies get a feel for things before going straight to messaging other members. For cases where a new user has a legitimate need to get in touch with someone quicker they can always ask you to do the manual match-making.
I think it should not be complex unless IPVM wants to create a social network. Just add button [Request Contact] to profiles of opted in members that makes possible to send request for contact and includes link to profile, name, e-mail/phone and a short message. If IPVM can add ability to mark the message as a SPAM then at some point it will be possible to block sender from using this function.
IPVMU Certified | 10/13/15 04:36pm
I'm on another non security related forum that has a private messaging option. You receive an email when you get a message to let you know to check your 'in box'. It helps provide a security shield and has no spam. After sending emails back and forth on the website, you can always choose to give them your normal email adress for direct communication.
I've not been on IPVM long. I assumed that this functionality was built in, as I've been looking for ways to contact people directly without posting my contact information on my profile
We have implemented basic member messaging. It won't publicly released / pushed until next Tuesday but here is an overview of how it works:
- Next to a member's disclosed name on comments, there will be a mail icon. Clicking that mail icon will let you send a message to that member. The message and your email address will be emailed to the other member. The other member can then choose to email you back or ignore.
- You will not be able to message anyone whose comment is undisclosed.
- By default, this will be opt-out for manufacturers and opt-in for everyone else. This will make it easy for manufacturers to receive inquiries (who are almost always open to such requests). Others (integrators, users, etc.) can simply toggle on their openness to messages in their member's profile page.
That's it at a high level. Let us know if you have questions or feedback.
(ignoring the effort to build it...might be too complicated...)
I'd like a per-post ok-to-contact-me button, with a time limit. Then, I'd want to get an email from the IPVM site telling me someone wants to contact me. So I can hit the IGNORE button and ipvm knows but not the sender. Also note this allows ipvm to remain the gatekeeper. And I'd want to have to ask permission to enable the "send a request to another user" capability.