Well yes, I did figure it out - in the end I copied, pasted and reported my own post to send it off so I should imagine it'll come to the same end. I just thought a 'report pm' clicky on the message might make life easier. For u anyway , you'd get loads more reported mails I imagine.
Unfortunately, some people "take offence" at getting a personal message. Here's what I got when I asked something in parallel to a threat (state of mind of a regular was being discussed, with/without her viewing - it was not clear as her posts were infrequent but worrying. Someone else posted something, I queried it and the following came my way :-
"and why are you PMing this rather than dealing with it on the thread?
I'm quite happy to back up my post in public.
i don't need to be harrangued in my inbox about it."
So my decision to query something sensitive separately was under fire. Of course she could have blocked me, and not responded if she wanted, but that was back in December and because it was a temporary (Christmas) name I never know if I might 'offend' again, simply by sending her (under another nick) a PM if there is some situation where I feel a PM is preferable to posting inside a thread.
Unfortunately (a) there might have been a 'dodgy' PM sent by mistake (have you never clicked the wrong 'Message poster' entry, and what one person may find funny, could offend an accidental recipient, and (b) if there are personal attacks made on this so-called 'loser', then posting the message in a public thread might be seen as intending for the person to be 'attacked', and would not be something MNHQ favours, I feel sure.
MNHQ seems to prefer to deal with matters very much 'behind the scenes' as there can be a poor image presented if the actions of posters goes far out of control, and some threads do include a lot of vitriol...
ChrisPBacon, your suggestion has overtones of "witch hunt" about it and I personally don't think it's a very good way of dealing with it. Reporting the PM to MNHQ and letting them deal with it seems more appropriate.
I have put things in a PM to posters sometimes because I think that the information I wish to give them is too personal for the open thread. So far no one has complained, most people thank me!