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Private message sending. Help!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:45 pm
by NormanD
Can anyone help me with this problem, tell me what I'm maybe doing wrong? The private messages I try to send don't seem to go anywhere. Whenever I try to reply to a message, they just stay in the "Outbox" and don't appear in the "Sent Messages".

I did raise this with Zee, sent him a message via this route, and - guess what - it all went off OK. But since then, nothing works. So, apologies to anyone who has written me this way (OK, I know. Get messages? He should be so lucky....), it's not rudeness. Zee's away right now, and I feel I can't ask him again as he's already advised.

Is it 'cos I's a Mac user? Or just a techno-shmuck? Anyone else have this problem? If so, do we need to get together, hire a room in a church hall once a week, and try to resolve the problem?

norman

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:43 pm
by antonija
I had a similar problem two days ago. It turned out the message just decided to take a rest in the Outbox and take it's own decision when it will roll on to the recipient's inbox. It did eventually - not sure how many hours later, but it did.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:15 am
by NormanD
Thanks, Antonija. My messages have sat in the outbox for over a week before I decided to kill them as they were so out of date.

wrong way round

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:40 am
by Charlie
yes, i just tried to send a test message to normand, and although it seemed to get sent, it is now sitting in the out box, just like you say

it's as if 'sent' and 'outbox' are the wrong way round

since messages flows from left to right, it should logically go from outbox (second left) to sent (third left)

But I have received messages from others, so they've figured it out

cg

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:16 am
by NormanD
Yes, I did receive your test message, Charlie. Receiving's always been OK; it's when I send back they just seem to sit there (apart from the ones back to Zee). I bet you get my reply...

instant delivery

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:40 am
by Charlie
yes, everything worked, Norman, so I think it's just a case of the boxes have the wrong names on them

outbox really is second from left, mislabelled as 'sent'

and vice-versa for 'sent', which is called outbox making it seem as if your stuff has not left yet.

But it probably did go off when you originally posted it.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:51 am
by NormanD
And I received your reply in return, Charlie, thanks. I'll retry by sending test messages to a couple of other regular punters who may not be mystified by receiving a message from me. The reason I'll do this is because maybe you & Zee have some kind of higher access to the site (sorry, this isn't a paranoid ramble, I can't express it technically) - messages to him, and now you, go through with no probs.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:41 pm
by ritchie
you put your ...left leg in ... your left leg out ... in out in out shake it all about..

sorry i could nt resist that but I could do with a bit exercise and it's my turn to take the dog out for a walk, I'll put it down to 'warming up'

That's it, I quit....

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:44 pm
by NormanD
I think I'd do better with the hokey-cokey, Ritchie. Either that, or send your dog down to London and let it bite some sense into me. I give up with this PM business. It's all over the place. Some messages go through, others just sit there. Maybe someone's trying to tell me something....

Instead, here's a bit of blues trivia about one of the "It Came From Memphis" guests. If you take the M40 to Oxford, turn off at junction 7, you'll find a village called Little Milton. Yes, shmo that I am, I stood next to the village sign and had my photo taken. No, I wasn't standing at the crossroads. I search in vain for a Muddy Waters.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:27 pm
by ritchie
normand, as peter gabriel once said many times ...don't give up...I liked your reply so now it's my quest to find you 'muddy waters' or similar here in the north east of england ...watch this space or bettter still I'll pm you. Anything blues related there will be a photo of it with me and my ukelele (it's easier to carry than a guitar, a mouth organ you wouldnt be able to see. A ukelele is a compromise) never been a one for correct english an ukelele does nt sound right somehow.
ps archie the west highland terrier is looking forward to his holidays

Re: wrong way round

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:56 am
by Martin_Edney
Charlie wrote:yes, i just tried to send a test message to normand, and although it seemed to get sent, it is now sitting in the out box, just like you say


I help run a couple of discussion boards using phpBB (the same software that runs this one), and I seem to remember that private messages sit in your outbox until the recipient reads them, at which point they move to your sent box. Not the obvious way to organise things, and new users often get confused, but it all seems to work in the end.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:16 pm
by NormanD
Your explanation sounds likely, Martin, I bet that's been the problem. So, what I've done is to send you a test message, I'll see how long it sits in the outbox for.

And Howard - yes, you! - I sent a test message to you last week, which is still sitting there. It'll be useful to see if this fits with Martin's explanation.

Ta for all the help & suggestions.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 4:35 pm
by Howard
I'm sorry Norman, but what can I do? My computer expired a couple of weeks ago, taking with it my password for this feedback forum. I sent a request to be reminded of my password and all I'm getting back is an automated response saying:

'The e-mail address you supplied does not match the one listed for that username. '

I put in my old email address - same response again. God I hate the modern world!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 4:43 pm
by Martin_Edney
Howard wrote:I'm sorry Norman, but what can I do? My computer expired a couple of weeks ago, taking with it my password for this feedback forum. I sent a request to be reminded of my password and all I'm getting back is an automated response saying:

'The e-mail address you supplied does not match the one listed for that username. '

I put in my old email address - same response again. God I hate the modern world!


Howard,

Sorry to hear you've been locked out. However, there is a way out of this mess (eventually).

When Zee Nagre gets back he should be able to change your password to whatever you want - maybe Charlie also has this privilege? Send Zee an e-mail now on zee@thesoundoftheworld.com and I expect he'll get to it in due course.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 5:27 pm
by Howard
Thanks Martin. I've sent Zee an email, but I shan't hold my breath. I'm sure he'll have a ton more important jobs to do when he does get back.