4 Contacting Members (PMs, DMs) and mods


If you are not (yet) a member please use the admin Contact Form. For The general contact form at the bottom of the page is for business, advertising or registration enquiries.

For members to contact moderators/admin

If you want to contact a specific moderator please use the Direct Message system (see below)
For general moderator see the Contact Moderators private discussion on the main forum list page. This will start a private thread that can be responded to by all moderators but is not viewable by other members.

Direct Message (formerly Conversations or PMs)

Note that the Direct Message system is available to new members only after their first two posts are approved. This helps cut down on spam or scam via DM

Direct Messages look like a thread between two or more members but are in your own inbox.

Click on the inbox link next to your profile link at the right of the main navigation bar and then Start Direct Message


Click on a member’s name/avatar and then on Start Direct Message

You will see links to use in order to invite other people to participate if you wish

Organising Your Direct Messages

You can see a list of all your Direct Messages in your profile area. Each Direct Message has a tick box to the left. You can tick as many as you like. When at least one is ticked you will see a dropdown menu at the bottom of the page for various actions, e.g.:

  • Select all Direct Messages (the ones visible on that page)
  • Add a star to denote important ones. You can then use the filter link to show all your starred Direct Messages
  • Supporters can export Direct Messages to various text formats such as html (web page), plain text etc)
  • Delete (leave) the Direct Message. To all intents and purposes this deletes it from your inbox freeing up space but not the recipients inbox. However you can rejoin. When all participants have left the Direct Message becomes permanently deleted

You can also perform any of those actions when viewing the contents of a Direct Message, but only on that one Direct Message

Direct Message inbox limit for regular members starts at 5 then increases to 20 but 50 for subscribers. Note that this is the number of Direct Messages limit, not the number of messages within a Direct Message.

You can also export Direct Messages to text, html or other formats

Direct Message Privacy?

Please note that some forums refer to PMs. Direct Messages here function in the same way and are afford you just as much privacy as PMs on any other similar internet forum. For more info see our privacy policy

Mentioning (tagging) members in a post

To draw a specific member's attention to a post, type the @symbol followed by their username. They will then get an alert that you have mentioned them

NB: if they have enabled emails for mentions in their preferences, they will also get an email notification.

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