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I’d like to add an addition to my 3/12/2020 Update of Failed Forum Software Migration post. (Addendum #2)
20. In cooperation with TJ Jackson, it was found that some users do not receive a button labeled Messages, so they are unable to receive PM’s (private messages). This feature should appear when a user is on his or her user page, and is logged in. On my user page, I see a black bar in the middle of the screen. There are three buttons on this bar: About, Messages, and Forums. TJ Jackson does not see the Messages button.
DISCUSSION: A PM function is not a part of the basic bbPress software. All messaging functions are realized by the use of plug-ins in bbPress implementations. A PM function is really a requirement for a message board such as this, so it cannot be said this is a feature that can be dropped in order to save costs. The fact that messaging buttons appear indicates that the site owner intended to provide this feature. The trouble is that, on many threads, people have complained about problems with the PM function.
I researched this issue until I fell asleep at my desk for several hours. Reading all those posts on software forums, with folks posting their code, does that to me. I hit a brick wall because I don’t know which plug-in they are using here to implement a Message feature.
What I did find of interest is that one implementation of messaging with bbPress causes an email to be sent (probably sent to the address listed in the user’s account) when a PM is sent to that individual. This may explain the ghost emails to several users. Those users reported there was no message there when they checked it. These Roadfood users may not have gone to the buttons discussed earlier, but may have clicked on the link in the email to bypass a few steps.
I did find a help page on a forum that was on that list of bbPress examples sites in the old “Forum Update”. This example is useful because it demonstrates a) what a tutorial on how to use bbPress would look like, and b) gives directions on how one sends and receives PM’s on that message board. It provides notifications of incoming PM’s by email. One can also go to their “Hub” button and manually check for PM’s without going to their email account. However, you won’t see it unless you sign up and log into the following forum:
DARN IT: The bbPress/WordPress software edited-out part of the URL. When you get to the UTEHUB site, add /help to the URL to get the help page, Or, Click on the hub button and select Help.
Total Posts: ~2215
Location: I don’t want Lisa finding me
Status: ask bbPress
Timed 3:52 AM EDST Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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