Private Messages - Outbox vs. Sent Messages

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Private Messages - Outbox vs. Sent Messages

Postby Bob » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:53 am

When you send a Private Message (PM) to another member, that message goes immediately to your "Outbox". It remains there until it is opened by the recipient. It then automatically transfers to "Sent messages". There are two advantages to this:

    It enables you to edit or delete the message prior to it being read by the recipient, if you wish to do so, as long as it remains in your "Outbox"

    You can know whether or not your message has been received and (presumably) read.
This is a very nice feature, but one that seems to be misunderstood by some. If a message remains in your "Outbox", you should not assume that it has not been sent. It only means it has not yet been picked up or opened by the recipient.

If you receive an e-mail notification that you have a new Private Message, only to find no PM in your Inbox, it probably means the sender deleted it before you accessed your PMs. The sender has that option as long as the message is in the sender's Outbox. E-mail notifications are sent immediately when the PM is submitted and cannot be taken back if the message is deleted afterward.

Finally, be careful when deleting PMs. If you click on the "Delete All" button and confirm the deletion, all your PMs will be deleted and cannot be retrieved. Be sure that's what you want to do when using that button. If you wish to delete only selected PMs, make sure you use the "Delete Marked" button and NOT the "Delete All" button.
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