Did something change with the private messaging? I used to be able to send PM’s, but now I cannot do so. I know that for the most part, we want to keep questions in the open so that everyone can benefit, but occasionally people need to send potentially sensitive information to others that they don’t want on a google search. Also, it’s possible that people want to engage in business transactions, and that shouldn’t happen in the forum context either, so sharing contact information is something else that people don’t really want to show up on google. Maybe this would be a good conversation to have about how PM’s should be handled on this site.
(I don’t have any current need to message anyone, I just notice posts where people are frustrated because they can’t contact other privately.)