Private Messages

(56 Posts)
SoupDragon Sat 21-Jan-12 17:44:31

Why can't we block posters before they send a PM?

Personally, I'd rather like to be able to block PMs completely, like we used to be able to opt out of CAT messages.

BeerTricksP0tter Sat 21-Jan-12 17:48:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SoupDragon Sat 21-Jan-12 18:06:00

You can't actually block someone without reading the PM either. Which is just plain daft.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 21-Jan-12 18:32:42

Hi SoupDragon,

It is not currently possible but certainly something that we can talk about at MNHQ.

Does anyone else think that this is a good idea?

ChippingInLovesEasterEggs Sat 21-Jan-12 18:41:19

Why on earth would you want to block all posters or block someone before they've sent you a (horrible) PM?

It's like taping up your letter box confused

I think I may have sent you both (nice) PM's in the past too - sorry if it upset you both...

BackforGood Sat 21-Jan-12 18:43:17

I too think I might be missing something - why would you want to do this ? confused

BeerTricksP0tter Sat 21-Jan-12 18:48:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SoupDragon Sat 21-Jan-12 18:50:24

Why would you not want to choose who can PM you?

Before PMs you used to be able to opt out of receiving CAT messages entirely.
Now, with PMs, you have to receive them.
You can block posters but only after they have sent you something and you have read it which is really stupid and unfair if there are people you don't want to hear from.

BackforGood Sat 21-Jan-12 18:52:30

Sorry - I'm not being funny, I'm genuinely surprised it is a problem. I've never had any "spam" type PMs or, indeed, hardly any PMs except from someone whose dd was doing the same as my ds and we mentioned it on a thread then had a few PM chats.
Do people get a lot of unwanted messages then ?

LeBOF Sat 21-Jan-12 18:56:03

It seems a bit curmudgeonly to me, but I can see it would be popular with some posters.

TheSecondComing Sat 21-Jan-12 19:59:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BitchTwat Sat 21-Jan-12 20:06:37

I'm fairly certain they can and do read PMs.

reelingintheyears Sat 21-Jan-12 20:08:30

Are pms private or can/do MNHQ access them.

In an emergency maybe.?

LeBOF Sat 21-Jan-12 20:09:05

Of course they can. But I doubt they do without good reason: they seem pretty busy these days...

GashInTheAttic Sat 21-Jan-12 20:17:10

So they should really just be called messages then.

If they aren't private.

Tee2072 Sat 21-Jan-12 20:20:48

Of course they can read them. Just like whomever runs your email servers at work can read your work email.

It's private in that it's not open to the general public.

Nothing is truly private on the internet. Get used to it or stop using the 'net.

LeBOF Sat 21-Jan-12 20:26:35

It's not nice at all to think of anybody rummaging through your personal conversations though. If the facilty is there, posters should be free to use it without feeling they are being monitored. The only exception I can think of is if you have been reported for sending something malicious or illegal.

SoupDragon Sat 21-Jan-12 20:31:58

I rather think they have better things to do than rummage through PMs for the sheer hell of it, don't you? Of course they could though.

ArtexMonkey Sat 21-Jan-12 20:32:36

Why not let people opt out tbh?

Not that i'd want to mind. I love that little red dot.

Tee2072 Sat 21-Jan-12 20:46:31

I doubt they do read them. But I am sure they can if they want.

Not sure why you'd want to opt out, but whatever. If people want it, why not give it to them?

I love PMs. Makes me feel loved. [needy]

bibbitybobbityhat Sat 21-Jan-12 20:47:26

I love receiving pms - mad, bad, funny, boring, silly, weirdy - bring them on!!

So, who has been impinging on you then Soupy?

(of course I think you are right and individuals should be able to opt out of receiving any at all).

usualsuspect Sat 21-Jan-12 20:49:59

They do read them

ChaosTrulyReigns Sat 21-Jan-12 20:54:58

I have never had a PM.

<<sobs>>

It would make my day.

Soupy, why would you not want to know what these spuriousers are saying - surely infomation is king?

Tee2072 Sat 21-Jan-12 21:07:56

I think Chaos is telling tales...

BleatingRose Sat 21-Jan-12 21:08:26

Sorry Soupy, but why would you not want to receive a pm ever?

What if someone wanted to tell you something pertinent?

The boards are too big these days to have threads entitled "Oi Soupy, over here..."

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