The new box will appear in the right hand column. If you see your name there, click it to read your messages. Click the "kuro5hin Private Messaging" title link to create a new message.
The first time you use the service, you have to prove that you own your K5 account. When you see the "Login" screen click "Register your K5 user" and follow the instructions. It only takes about 20 seconds.
Some extra features:
Frequently Asked Questions
- You can choose to receive messages as e-mails, by setting an address on the Prefs page.
- You can block messages from specific users.
- You can block messages from all new users, by setting a "maximum user ID" allowed to message you.
- I've included links to K5 sections and the K5 user controls, to make it easy to get back here after you've read a message.
Q. Aren't you just phishing for K5 passwords?
No. The system doesn't store passwords, but for your peace of mind I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT USE YOUR K5 PASSWORD.
Q. Do I have to be a paid K5 subscriber?
No, anyone with a K5 account can use the service. It even works for anonymised users.
Q. Why not just use e-mail?
There's no way to give another K5 user your e-mail, without everyone else being able to see it too. If you want, you can use the PM service to privately swap e-mail addresses.
Q. Is there a way to see which users have signed up for this?
No. You can send a private message to any K5 user, even if they haven't yet signed up for the service. When you send a message, you get a short link that you can give to the recipient. The link will take them straight to your message.
Q. I can't see the message box on K5. Where's it gone?
K5 only shows you RSS feeds when you are looking at an index page, such as the Front Page or the Diary Section. So, when you are actually reading an article or comments, the new message box is not displayed.
Q. I've read my message, but my name still appears in the message box on K5.
K5 only updates its RSS feeds every few hours, so you'll probably have to wait a while for any changes to show up. If you want a faster response, use a better RSS reader.
Thanks for all the feedback I've received since the beta release. †A major bug for Internet Explorer users has now been fixed: you can now log back in!
I've also implemented the regular purge that deletes old messages. Messages are now kept for seven days from when they were sent OR when they were first read; whichever is later.