RVO's OrchidTalk Orchid forum has enabled the Private Messaging system, so that registered members may send each other private messages. Please note: The PM system is not active for new members until they have posted at least five approved posts in the orchid forum. This is to help prevent spam. If you are a new member or a guest visiting the orchid forum, you will not have access to the links posted in this message. Please login or register to continue.

Sending Private Messages
Private messages work a little like email, but are limited to registered members of this forum. You may send a private message to a member of this forum by clicking the 'Send A Private Message' link in the private messaging section of your user control panel, or by clicking the button in a member's profile page. When you send a message, you have the option to save a copy of the message in your Sent Items folder.

Private Message Folders
By default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are the Inbox and the Sent Items folders.
The Inbox folder contains any new messages you receive, and allows you to view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent.

The Sent Items folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent, where you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference.
You may create additional folders for your messages by clicking the 'Edit Folders' link.

Each folder has a set of message controls which allow you to select messages, then either move them to one of your custom folders, or delete them completely. You may also have a button which allows you to forward multiple messages from a folder to another member of the forum.

You will need to periodically delete old messages, as we have a set a limit to the number of private messages members can have in his or her folders. If you exceed the number of messages specified for your user group, you will not be able to send or receive new messages until you delete some old messages. (This count includes both the sent items and the inbox items.)

Whenever you read a message, you will have the option to reply to the message, or forward that message to another member of the forum. You also have the ability to forward that message to multiple members of your buddy list.
Message Tracking
When you send a new private message, you have the option to request a read-receipt for that message. This will allow you to check whether or not a message has been read by its recipient by viewing the Private Message Tracking page. This page is divided into two sections: unread messages and read messages.
The unread messages section shows all messages that you have sent with a read-receipt request, that have not yet been read by their recipient.

The read messages section shows all messages you have sent with a receipt request that have been read and acknowledged by their recipient. The time that the message was read is also shown.

You may choose to end the tracking on any message you choose by selecting the message and clicking the [end tracking] button.

When you receive a message with a read-receipt request, you may have the option (depending on your user group) to read the message while denying the read-receipt request. To do this, simply click the 'deny receipt' link rather than the title of the message, if it appears.

You must go to your UserCP to enable your private message feature. By default, it is turned off. Simply visit your UserCP (link at the top left of every page of the site when logged into the forum). There click on EDIT OPTIONS and then scroll down to the Private messages box. Place a check mark in the box next to "Enable Private Messaging" and save. That should do it.