I just got this message. Is there really such a limit?
You have reached your daily allotment of 2 private messages per day. Note that multiple recipients of the same message each count toward your limit.
It seems particularly unfair to older members who have been reading the site for years, rather than posting, but may participate in other ways.
Given that spammers are normally noticed, it would be interesting to hear the reason.
I have never personally had any problems with p.m.'s from spammers.
It would be interesting to know the limits for Plus members who don't post much - are they now treated in the same way as others with low post counts?
Also, if p.m. capacity is based on post count, might that encourage more random posting in order to achieve a higher p.m. limit?
Apologies - only initially querying it because of Martin's problem as he has been a member since 2003, so the reply was unclear in relation to him
Assume now that old members with low posts are now treated the same as new ones - thanks for clarifying..
There are lots of forums where there are limits on both being able to send PMs and on posting in various parts of the forum. I run a very large community forum and we have a minimum post count of 5 before using the PM system at all (which is necessary given the number of spam attacks we have) and both a minimum post count and a minimum registration time before posting in the classifieds, just to reduce the number of people who register more than once to get around the other limits on using the classifieds.
Sadly, this sort of thing is necessary to reduce the impact that spam has on the forum and users generally don't see quite how much impact the spam has when it's sent.
You may see spammy threads when they are posted, but you're not online 24/7 so however many you see need to multiply up what you see by the time that you aren't around to see it, and of course you won't see spam PMs at all unless you're one of the recipients.
I'm going to speak on behalf of forum managers the world over here. We would love nothing more than to give truly open access to users to post, discuss, message, laugh and debate just as they wish, but unfortunately everybody's idea of what is appropriate varies and where you find one person wanting to discuss you will also find another who thinks that it's great to wind others up, abuse people, push an inappropriate agenda or sellclass="