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.
Where some code used in posts perhaps like:
Could be included where this would generate embedded buttons as replacements:
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
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.