How can I allow other site members to contact me by email? What if I want to contact another user by e-mail?

As a benefit to our users, it is possible to opt in to a feature that allows members to send e-mails to each other via our system without knowing the recipient's e-mail address.  This feature is disabled by default, but you can enable it by doing the following:

First, make sure you are logged in.  Then look at the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on "My Account."

You will be taken to your account page, where there is a list of links on the right-hand side underneath your profile icon or photo. 

Click on "Edit my profile."  Clicking on this link will take you to your profile page.

Scroll down to the section entitled Contact Settings.  Check the check-box to opt in to this feature.  Once you have made your adjustments, scroll down to the bottom and click "SAVE."

If you want to contact another user by email, you can only do so if they have enabled the email feature through the above steps. 

If you look at any post made by that user, you will see the "Email" link that is located opposite a person's avatar and username on the right-hand side of a forum post or blog comment.  If there is no Email link, it means that they are not open to receiving emails from other users through our system.  (You will not see this link underneath your own picture because you cannot send an e-mail to yourself.).

You can also go to the User Profile page of the user you want to send a message to, and click on the words "Contact (username)" for a form that will enable you to send that particular user a private message.

Please note that your email address is not displayed to others during this entire process. Only if you decide to respond to the person directly by email will your address be revealed to them.

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