I am absolutely confused by the whole mechanism for Private Messages in the new forum. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to see EVERYTHING I have sent, and EVERYTHING I have received... segregated, and separate. This is truly a terrible terrible implementation of PM. Worst I've seen on any forum.
I am trying to get started by clicking on the "All Message" link at the bottom of the "Messages" section on the right side of the home page. When I do that, I am then presented with a page that shows what I'm guessing is private message threads with three tabs... INBOX, SENT, and TRASH. It looks like the idea here is to collect things by private conversation, which I suppose is nice... but what is the purpose then of the INBOX and SENT tabs???
In the INBOX tab I do not see all messages sent to me. I see all thread/conversations I have ever participated in.
In the SENT tab, I again see something similar... but different... and I'm not sure what it represents.
If I click on the "subject" in any of these conversations, I see what appears to be the back-and-forth between me and the other party, in chronological order. That makes sense, and seems nice. But I have no way how to actually REPLY directly to any particular message (e.g. say I want to reply a second time to an earlier PM), nor how to perhaps add additional recipients if I wanted to have a conversation with serveral members, etc.
Mostly, I'm puzzled why the Messages section on the right side of the home page shows MY name on a PM conversation, almost suggesting that MY name is the "sender" TO ME! And the fact that it also is MY name which shows up on the INBOX tab for that thread also suggests I somehow replied to myself... and sent my reply to me and not to the other party in the conversation! I actually don't know if that happened or not, and if the other party actually got my PM reply or not, because I cannot separate INBOX (i.e. PMs to me) from SENT (i.e. PMs from me) and actually see them separately!!!
Furthermore, and even worse, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to conveniently send a new PM to someone participating in a forum thread and who has a post I'd like to comment privately on directly to the author of that post. I don't see any PM icon anywhere... something I thing should be at the bottom of every post, just like REPLY, QUOTE, EDIT, etc. Instead I apparently must click on the user's icon (or other link to that user), and then click on "send private message". But that's not really what I want to do... I do not want to start a NEW thread of PM.
I simply want to send another reply PM on an existing PM thread, but since the whole presentation of threaded conversations is so ambiguous and confusing (i.e. INBOX is not just "inbound PMs sent to me" and SENT is not just "outbound PMs sent from me") that I still don't know even how to PM someone who I had wanted to reply to to ask if they actually did get my last PM reply!!!
Honestly, this is all what I would have to call terrible. I don't know why you changed from your previous "standard" forum software to this new kludge, but I personally don't like it, don't feel comfortable using it, feel it to be very non-intuitive and confusing, and cannot figure out how to use it! And I'm no rookie at forums.