The How To Guide and Other Things You Never Knew
Also known as, how to stop utterly infuriating Mods (Mostly me) with constant reports when you're trying to reply to people.
So we had some new features in the forum upgrade didn't we? As well as the Social Groups, which are proving a hit, we have the Visitor Messages, nice for a quick post to friends or Mods on their profile without too much faff.
What do they look like then? Behold my own...
So as you can see thats directly from my profile page, a little spam filled from trying to help somebody who was reluctant to listen but that’s beside the point.
So how do I actually post a Visitor Message? Very simple as you may have discovered. Simply type into the white box at the top like so:
If it is a bit too small for you to read, put in the box: Type whatever you wish to say in this area. Bold and the like work just as they normally would but please do not abuse it.
So now I hit post and hey presto
So rather gloriously, I managed to post on my own, not very exciting mind but we don’t need to be pestering anybody needlessly when most are asleep.
But wait, a magical post!
As you can see from the drop down, there’s a notification that says a message has been posted onto mine and is in the same area you can see if you have spotted PMs and whatnot. There is no email notification but it IS a method to know you’ve had one appear.
Now most visitor messages will only state Edit and Report just underneath and on the right. Pretty self explanatory really and clearly there is no post back which people consistently mistake Report for for some reason.
If you do want to report however, follow the instructions here as the process is very similar. Remember it's for messages you don't want on your page such as spam, advertising, personal attacks etc, nothing else.
However if you look closely towards the crudely scrawled red ring:
View Conversation has appeared, now this is a bit weird really:
It shows my first post on her Visitor Messages but the rest are those posted on mine so looks as though I said nothing. Of course it was likely I posted directly rather than into the conversation to cause that. Lets face it; it’s far less faffy just posting directly and them getting a notification on their profile.
Either way, you can post directly into that conversation on the post reply box up top.
You can also limit the social messages you get to approved friends and moderators as pointed out by PWInsiderTorch.
Simply go to User CP > Edit Options and scroll down to Visitor Messaging and click the box where it says Limit usage of Visitor Messages to Contacts and Moderators.
So please, don't keep pressing report thus sending endless notifications to us mods when you're trying to give a friend code. Either click View Conversation or post directly onto their page, the notifications will know about it.
Remember, that little extra attention means more and more steps preventing me from going down the road of insainty
Hope thius helps. If you have any further questions, just ask and I'll try and fill you in.