Originally Posted by TehYoyo
Let me give you a little story. I used to be a very
addicted involved member in a certain online game.
And the feature I just added which allows registered Users to post Comments underneath Articles should help to do that, because it will change things from being *one* voice (i.e. Debbie's) and opening things up into *many* voices discussing the Topic/Article at hand...
For that game, there was what's known as a fansite - what Sitepoint is to the web, this forum was to that game. A forum and also a help guide for anything in-game. One thing that I really liked was having 'community events' where we would all get togetheringame and hang out and play. Now, can you imagine Sitepoint members getting together and building a website? No, not really (although I think that that would be really cool ;) hint, hint...), but when you do things as an entire community then that really helps people to grow together and enhance the community and not individual relationships.
If you aren't in any rush, I find an effective way is to hint to someone else that you sent them a pm. W/ your moderating staff (if you have them), tell them to do that. That is try something like:
It's really subtle, and a lot like advertising. Next time, someone might remember that and shoot the other person a pm. That helps people know that it's possible to pm other users.
Everything is easy when you know how and where to do it... ;)
As for how to? Meh. Most people know how to email, and I don't think that PM is much different than email, if maybe a bit less formal (I'm like a suit-and-tie guy in email ;) )
Maybe I am not giving new Users enough credit. I just wasn't sure from my screenshot above whether people who immediately realize that they can PM other Users, although I think seeing a green or yellow indicator should lets people know the User is alive!