I read the help file for this.
How do I send a private message?
To send a private message:
Uhmm is this broke too as there is no Compose Message Option. Some people am able to private message but most are going to their profile and no private message option. Mods am I broken or is this broken too?
Congrats on finding the help file by the way. It's not just you, I don't have a Compose New Message button either. But you mustn't assume it's broken--it might be an improvement that was adopted after research and feedback from users.
I mainly want to use it when I want to address someone specific. Of course, I can put their name in as I just did or quote their post, but there's no guarantee they'll ever read my reply. I spend time writing this stuff, so it would be nice for me if the person addressed read it, but on the other hand, they might be annoyed at being messaged so it's definitely a double-edged pencil.
Exactly. I would not be annoyed there is a tme to want to acknowledge something privately as well as not posting it on the forum, but the function doesn't work. I can message some people but there are others there is no way to message them at all. Some go to a page and there is an option under their name to message, others it goes to their profile and there is no option in settings as the help file states.
We agree, the profile experience here on the Community is poor. We're working on resolving this and hope to have a better experience for users in the next couple of months. This will include a redesigned Community (profile) page you can use for better management of your activity here, including the messaging function. We're trying to do away with the disjointed experience you see today (different pages based on the public/private nature of a user).
Thanks for the answer Garnor. I guess like everything else around here it is broken hopefully things will get better not worse. I look forward to a better forum as it is hard to track topics you are having a discussion in, Hard to communicate on something privately hard to do a lot of things.
I would like to clarify that Suzanne's question was about sending a message here in the community, but not to a client or a freelancer. She was clarifying the process on how a community member can send a private message to another member.
I have also responded to your post here.
I have a proposal into a client who has requested that I PM him for more information, but there is no place I can find to PM him. How do I PM a client before I am hired or invited to interview?
All you need to do is reply using the Upwork Messaging system that he used to contact you in the first place.
You will be replying to him using a private message (i.e. "PM").