Private Message Button in Posts or "Post Menu" area

In some communities / certain categories / topics it is required for people to “Private Message” the author to continue the conversation.

This is possibly extension / plugin territory - I place it in the feature category for now in-case this matches common other community requests.

###The Idea
Where some code used in posts perhaps like:



[pm @DeanMarkTaylor]

Could be included where this would generate embedded buttons as replacements:


###Possible uses
For example in the case of selling items a Classifies section where items are listed for sale.

Where the topic author lists an item as being available “Private Message” makes sense because:

  • the public generally don’t need to know you are interested in the item
  • the discussion of the final sale price is dependant on details of buyer location
  • a part exchange where an offer is made
  • etc.

###Possible Alternative
An additional icon in the Post Menu area to PM the author, although I don’t really like this as it might push to many messages into private instead of being public.

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Something more than the existing Notify Member option available every post ?

Yes, this flagging process is not obvious enough for some posts where the next immediate action required by the user is to “Private Message”. Akin to a “buy now” button - you wouldn’t expect to have to “Flag” a post to buy - nor would you to private message.

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There’s also the “click avatar” see User Card with prominent Private Message button.

But I can see where the needing a click might be a wall for those that don’t know.

Yes - it is a wall - and education path is painful.

We have whole groups of posts where users are saying “click on my picture”, “what picture”…
… the target user group are not technical or experienced and really can’t follow these steps and need it to be simple.

Probably easier to come up with an URL they could use and you could edit into the post, e.g.

This URL would trigger the composer, I guess, though it would also navigate to that user’s profile…

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