Those are profile posts...they've been there a long time as well. I promise you, choosing to start a conversation is exactly what the private messages were in the pastI don't know that I actually do know how.
If that's a "private message", what are all the messages I see on many people's profile pages?
I guess I'll just try sending something as a "test" to someone first, to see how it goes.
I realize that no matter how private a forum claims the message to be, the admins have access, but some things just aren't meant for public consumption.
Thanks for the tips thus far