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Private Message Option...?

  1. I Am Rosa profile image89
    I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago

    Loving Hub Pages and so far loving most of the Hubbers I've come across.  Sometimes, I'd like to contact a Hubber in private to comment on a hub without leaving an actual comment (ie. about spelling  errors, suggestions, etc.)  or ask a question or whatever, but I'm not comfortable sending an actual email to them.  For some reason that just seems .... rude or presumptuous :-p  Anyway, I was wondering, if it's not too much hassle for staff to do - could HP please add a Private message option for Hubbers to communicate?

    Anyone else have thoughts on this?

  2. LuisEGonzalez profile image81
    LuisEGonzalezposted 5 years ago

    That' not a bad idea but for the moment the only way to communicate privately with another hubber is to send them an email...cool

  3. Hestia DeVoto profile image60
    Hestia DeVotoposted 5 years ago

    I actually like that HubPages doesn't have private messaging.  After all, this isn't a social networking site or chat site, and I hope it doesn't turn into one.

    1. I Am Rosa profile image89
      I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      LOL - heaven forbid!  I sincerely dislike the "chat" options and, as much as I cherish  my friends and family on social sites, I generally don't appreciate the stream of mostly pointless status updates (as I've mentioned in one of my hubs)  :-p

  4. jcmayer777 profile image77
    jcmayer777posted 5 years ago

    I suspect that with all the people on HP, you'd get attacked with spam pm's pretty often.  It would have some postive aspects though.

  5. danielleantosz profile image86
    danielleantoszposted 5 years ago

    I do think that would be easier.  I have both e mailed other hubbers and received e mails and I think a PM would be much more useful.  Some times I might be willing to talk to someone, but not willing to give out my e mail address.

    1. Sally's Trove profile image98
      Sally's Troveposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I understand that reluctance to reveal your email address, but in the nearly four years I've been here, it's never been a problem. It's a pretty respectful community, all in all.

      1. I Am Rosa profile image89
        I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, for the most part people here have been very respectful, friendly and wonderfully OPEN.  That's one of the things I love most about HP <3

  6. Cagsil profile image83
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    If you're not willing to send them an email? Then apparently you're not willing to help them improve.

    Send an email is no different than a private messaging system. It's private and it's a message. If you don't feel like giving them your email address then learn to deal with it.

    Hubpages is a writer's site. So if you're going to critique someone's writing, then be willing to face a reaction on some level, which you would get anyways with regards to a private messaging system.

    There's only one problem that you will run into on Hubpages. Some hubber don't have available the option to contact them, which would make it difficult to send them an email or even a private messaging system, would be made available as an option, if implemented, which would give them the power to turn that off as well.

    So, it wouldn't be to anyone's advantage, whichever angle you come at it from. So, with that said- No! It's not needed.

    1. I Am Rosa profile image89
      I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Actually sending an email *is* different from sending a PM in that a PM doesn't generally add your email address to the message.  Not everyone I've encountered is careful or respectful with someone else's email address.  Some people think nothing of forwarding, sharing or otherwise being careless of something as personal as an email address.  Even if it's a business email and part of my "Branding", it's pain in the butt to have to change and then get all your contacts updated because your account has been hacked by some wing-nut with a grudge or a spammer.

      I have no qualms at all about critiquing or challenging someone else's critique (respectfully) and facing the reaction.  It's part of my training.  I enjoy helping others grow.  Just like I enjoy learning from others who respectfully approach me with tips and suggestions for my improvement :-)

  7. graebear profile image74
    graebearposted 5 years ago

    I like the idea of an option to communicate within Hub Pages  and the hubbers  you would like to talk to in private but yet hidden from the regular postings that we all see . And yet have the Hub Pages staff to monitor within reason .. does that sound ok....  It is ok by me....  I Vote A YES for a ... Private Message .. tab...  or button .. or  ?

  8. Sunshine625 profile image81
    Sunshine625posted 5 years ago

    I communicate frequently via email with fellow hubbers, it's basically the same as a private message. What's the worst that could happen, they don't respond to your email. Give it a try, you might be surprised at how simple sending an email could be and the friendly response you will most likely get.

    1. I Am Rosa profile image89
      I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Maybe I'm being paranoid, but the worse that can happen is that someone decides to take offence and now has my email address to contact me outside of HP's monitoring system ... or my email addie ends up in the hand of hackers and spammers :-(

      However, as you said I'm most likely to get a friendly response and I'm really limiting myself by not sending messages to some folk.

      1. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
        FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        paranoia isn't that uncommon  in the internet age.

      2. Sally's Trove profile image98
        Sally's Troveposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Agreed...to not email others via HP when you have something of value to add or a question that when answered will bring value to you is self-limiting. smile

  9. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago

    I think  Hubpages likes the private email because it goes through them and any  abuse etc. they then know about it and will punish such users. I've contacted people about  mistakes etc. privately.  Your email is shown in the message. then if the person wants to respond to you privately without through Hubpages they can from then on. (like some hubbers I know well enough that I communicate with them outside  of hubpages.)

    1. I Am Rosa profile image89
      I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It *is* pretty cool that they track the message.  I like that ....

  10. recommend1 profile image69
    recommend1posted 5 years ago

    I leave two comments if there are any criticisms to be said - one with the criticism and a comment to 'disallow' the comment and then a second comment without the crit and that is only complimentary - that can be left up.

    1. I Am Rosa profile image89
      I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Very cool idea!

  11. itech profile image56
    itechposted 5 years ago

    It will be a good Idea... I also did developed such type of messaging system in m last project...

  12. GmaGoldie profile image86
    GmaGoldieposted 5 years ago

    Excellent!  A helpful note is always welcome.  It is frustrating sometimes not to have this option-all the information is at our fingertips yet we do not wish to offend.  Great suggestion!

  13. Cardisa profile image90
    Cardisaposted 5 years ago

    I think a private message will only complicate things as this is not a social site as some persons mentioned above. I say use the email feature. if a hubber feels you have crossed the line they won't respond to it and may delete. Hubbers have the option of disabling their email option.

    I have had quite a few persons (even someone I never knew before) email me with suggestions and corrections. I respond to show my appreciation. smile