How do you access Private Messages?

djnippa's picture

I know this sounds dumb, but how can I access my private messages.
I'm particularly looking for the sent items.

I've been through everything, and it's probably staring at me, but I'm blind to it.
I can't find it anywhere.

Sye's picture

From what I can see, there is no dedicated private messaging system, but a contact form to email the member you are wanting to contact.

hrant's picture

I don't think there's a way. Unless you can go back in time and check the "Send yourself a copy" checkbox under Contact... ;-)

But if it's important email Jared and see if he could dig it up for you.

hhp

JamesM's picture

Click the person's screen name to go to their Profile page. On that page click the Contact link, then fill out the email form.

I don't think there's a list of sent items or other features, it's just a way to email folks without them publicly posting their email address. Messages are sent by regular email.

Jared Benson's picture

You guys are right - we phased out PM years ago, and now go with an email system.

Martin Silvertant's picture

Is that beneficial? It almost seems you're outsourcing communication to outside Typophile while you probably want people to make use of Typophile as much as possible. I would love a PM system.

hrant's picture

Well, the Contact sort of does that, it just goes through email. And I don't think using email is "outsourcing communication".

hhp

Martin Silvertant's picture

Well, I reason a bit differently. I have autism and social contact is troubling for me. I haven't been on Facebook or chat software in years and I haven't been on deviantArt for a year or so and I only dare to check my mail sporadically. Getting back on Typophile is my first step to being social again. Having a PM system here would mean that I could at least send out personal messages to type designers, because mail is quite a big step for me. I hope this Summer I'm able to get back on deviantArt and from there get back on Facebook and mail again. It's a big challenge though. The fact that everything on the Internet is so connected causes anxiety for me. I like closed systems, where I know what to expect and not much can go wrong.

hrant's picture

Interesting. I'm curious, how is writing a private email to one person harder to manage than all these thoughtful, eloquent –and public– posts you've been making here?

hhp

Martin Silvertant's picture

It's a matter of responsibility. I have a reduced capacity (for responsibility) and I need to keep my world small to maintain it. Years ago I did a lot of freelance work and eventually I took on too much responsibility and things went wrong; in 2011 my whole world just collapsed. Since then I haven't been able to handle the responsibility to work for clients. I do a few projects here and there behind the curtains but I'm certainly not publicly available. Mails are hard for me because of the expectations people naturally have of communication. On this forum, I don't feel like a response is expected of me. I enjoy a certain freedom here. deviantArt is a sort of in-between world of a forum like this and Facebook, where people have higher expectations regarding communication. As such I see it as a natural step that I will first make my way back to deviantArt before I dare to take the next step. I need to expand my world slowly and carefully. If it expands too fast, I will likely suffer mentally and my world will collapse again.

hrant's picture

Makes sense, and it seems you're managing it well. Good luck!

Oh, and thank you: you've now made me feel less guilty for not replying to all of your posts. :->

hhp

Martin Silvertant's picture

I enjoy the responses though, so don't feel like you have to hold back.

Martin Silvertant's picture

I keep getting a notice that my IP has been blocked by Typophile because I've been flagged as a spammer. It seems impossible that I sent out spam. Does anyone know what might be going on?

How do I fix this? I already sent two messages but to no avail.

hrant's picture

I would have guessed there's now some kind of limit to frequency of posts, but there are currently two people who are more prolific than you...

Ask Jared. Luckily he's in this thread!

hhp

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