Replies are closed for this discussion.
any update here? will they ever allow member sending private messages to another member without "friending" first?
I'm with ya! GIve us the power to decide if we need "Friending" or not on "OUR" networks. Please. I get complaints frequently, I have even had members leave because of it. Communication is aweful within a network when you throw a road block in there such as "Friend" before being able to contact someone. Most my members tell me it's a childish concept to have to "Friend" someone to message them. It's getting old.
I'm jumping in to voice my support here. I have a growing community and just brought in a person to act as Community Manager. Unless I am missing a setting in the Role I created, she can't message anyone privately until they are friends. It is very bad when the person in charge of making sure things run smoothly in the community can't actually get in touch with the person she needs to talk to immediately.
It's been a while since I first replied on this. We're giving Ning one more year, we're probably going to construct our own network. The other thing we would like to see is when someone sends that mass email, that the email can be replied to as opposed to no-reply. If anyone wants to talk about what features they would like to see email me at help at aligned dot com.
im bumping this too, need this option
members keep asking how come they can not send message to 'non-friends' and i have to bs them that this is additional antispam - prevention :( while in fact i have 0 spam on my network.
Our network is thinking seriously about ditching ning over this
Gee, this is really bad. I'm evaluating Ning for potential use for several new Online Communities we're planning to build in coming months. I just read thru all the items on this thread - three pages worth - starting with the September, 2010 posting by Marc; who made a good argument that requiring Members to "Friend" someone before being able to send a PM, should be an admin (and/or Member) toggle.
Dozens of other commentors in this thread also pointed out why this makes good sense, from their perspective and per their experience. I think the case has been so solidly made, in these suggestions to Ning spanning the last year-and-a-half, that there's little need for me to add more. This one should be a no-brainer - Ning needs to allow NCs and Members to determine where "Friending" should be required re: PMs. Simple message blocking plus admin ability to warn and ban Members, are adequate controls for many Online Community scenarios.
I am so disappointed to see that Ning has not responded to the comments on this thread by revising "Friends-PM" functionality appropriately. Such new toggles could easily be added, and NCs that want to keep the status quo setup, could.
The last commenter on this thread (just before me), said, "Our network is thinking seriously about ditching Ning over this." Well, I hate to say, "Ditto," but...this one will probably be a show-stopper for at least one of the OCs I presently have in mind, perhaps all three. Ning, seriously, there's the need here to be more responsive and just go ahead and improve platform functionality. This would be a simple one to add, and the "private message spam"concerns" voiced by one Ning staff member earlier (same topic, different thread) simply don't add up. Just read thru the prior three pages of comments on this thread, to validate that.
Our network desperately needs the ability to switch off the "Friend-Only" private messaging system.
It is severely hampering and curtailing the growth and popularity of our otherwise successful network.
We also get lots of email about how silly it is.
We don't have spam on our network because we pre-approve members.
Any chance this will be approved? Facebook and LinkedIn allow this in their Network. Why not for Ning?
This is becoming an issue in my network as well. Please reconsider this limitation, it's doesn't make sense to many people.
This is really not a reasonable limitation, which makes is even more frustrating.
Consider the fact that user can post pubic messages on the forums, on each other's profiles, and that the can use the chat feature. This is many times worse than getting spam as private messages.