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Private messages

Postby HACKNEYL » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:31 am

Not sure if this is the correct place to post.
If net then sorry!

I am trying to send a Private Message to another forum member.
After submitting, it says the message has been sent successfully but it remains in the "Outbox" a day later.
My internet is running so no connection errors.
It is just a normal typed message with no attachments or funny stuff
I tried sending the same message again a day later also with no joy.

Any ideas,,,,???
Last edited by karlchen on Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:45 am, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: As the newbie question is about how sending P.M. works in the Forum Software, the thread has been moved from Linux Mint "Main Edition" - "Newbie Question" to "Open Chat".

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Re: Private messages

Postby minitux » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:11 am

I have never sent PM since I am create the account, but I think that as in other forums it remains in outbox until it is read
Sorry for my English, is not my language

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Re: Private messages

Postby catweazel » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:22 am

minitux wrote:I think that as in other forums it remains in outbox until it is read

I'm reasonably certain that's correct.
If your problem is fixed, please mark your thread as [SOLVED] by editing the title of the first message in the thread.

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Re: Private messages

Postby jimallyn » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:01 am

minitux wrote:it remains in outbox until it is read

Yep.
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Re: Private messages

Postby HACKNEYL » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:17 am

Great! Thanks!

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Re: Private messages

Postby OS_Researcher » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:36 am

It will remain in your outbox until the recipient reads it.

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Re: Private messages

Postby Fred Barclay » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:30 pm

OS_Researcher wrote:It will remain in your outbox until the recipient reads it.

And on that note, if you delete it from your outbox before the recipient reads it, they will only see "This message was removed by the author" instead of the private message you sent, and will then have to message you to ask that you resend the original message. :mrgreen:
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Re: Private messages

Postby Pierre » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:08 am

the thing about PMs is that you never really know, when the OP will log-in again,
or even notice that there is a PM waiting to be read.

- I've had both scenarios, and the PM sat in the Outbox for a Week, or longer,
and the other, I'd deleted after a Month of sitting in the Outbox & so deleted that PM.
& a another Month later, PMed me to ask what the message was about.
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Re: Private messages

Postby MtnDewManiac » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:10 am

OS_Researcher wrote:It will remain in your outbox until the recipient reads it.


But why? If you mail a letter to someone and they don't pull it out of the mailbox for two weeks, it's not YOUR mailbox that they eventually have to open in order to access it.

I was under the impression that email works much the same way.

Why, then, keep a PM that you've sent to someone else in your own outbox? After sending, it should be in the sender's Sent Items box (the clue is in its name :roll: ) and in the recipient's inbox.

This is a bug in the forum software, as evidenced by mentions in this very thread that if you send a PM to another user, then come back and delete it from your outbox, the intended recipient never receives it.

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Re: Private messages

Postby catweazel » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:13 am

MtnDewManiac wrote:
OS_Researcher wrote:It will remain in your outbox until the recipient reads it.


But why?


Because PM != email.
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Re: Private messages

Postby MtnDewManiac » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:18 am

catweazel wrote:
MtnDewManiac wrote:
OS_Researcher wrote:It will remain in your outbox until the recipient reads it.


But why?


Because PM != email.


I know that a PM is not the same thing as an email(*), but that doesn't answer my question.

(*)I am assuming that "!=" is some kind of code for "is not the same thing as." If this is not the case, please clarify your statement (and please be less unclear next time).

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Re: Private messages

Postby Schallaven » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:38 am

Because the forum software (phpBB) implemented PMs exactly like this. This is not a bug.

You also seem to have a misconception of how PMs work: in the end, they are just one entry in a SQL table for PMs. They never get "transfered" or "transmitted" or whatever like eMails do. They stay at they very same spot in their table. The only thing, which changes, is a flag indicating if it was read (and other stuff, of course). Depending on this flag the PM is displayed in various locations on both senders and recipent side.

Maybe it could have been labeled better in phpBB, but you can always complain to them and/or make new suggestions :)

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Re: Private messages

Postby catweazel » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:22 pm

MtnDewManiac wrote:please be less unclear next time

*PLONK*
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