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Offline NachtmahrTopic starter

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Saving messages.
« on: October 22, 2014, 02:56:49 AM »
I would like to know how, or even just if, I can save a PM so that it does not get eaten if I prune my inbox. I tried to do something with tags or what have you in the past, but it didn't work at all, and a lot of messages I didn't want rid of were lost in the great PM-War of 2013.

I would like to reduce the amount of casualties this time around.

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2014, 09:57:41 AM »
Yes! I second this! I would LOVE a way to be able to save PM's. As an organization freak, I love being able to organize my PM's and this would totally help!

Offline Beguile's Mistress

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2014, 11:06:32 AM »
I use labels to save my messages.  You can set up a label for a particular story, person/writing partner or category and if you string your messages as a conversation and don't move or delete them they should be safe.  If you are really paranoid about saving messages copy them into a word doc or Google doc or something of that sort.

I've never lost a message but then again I've never deleted one either.

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2014, 03:11:48 AM »
Another weird option is to have your PMs set to notification. I have a Gmail folder set up for my Elliquiy PMs so even if they get lost here I have a record there. The only thing it doesn't show is the pictures. : ( I recommend Gmail specifically since they don't delete old messages.

Offline NachtmahrTopic starter

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2014, 03:36:09 AM »
Well, I've tried labels at one point - I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I lost a whole punch of messages that I'd rather have kept after that. ._. I don't really want to keep them around as documents either, because my PC is probably far more of a mess than my inbox.

Is there a maximum to the amount of messages you should keep? For site slow-down reasons or something? I seem to recall hearing something like that at some point.

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2014, 04:04:08 AM »
There is no limit to the amount of messages you can have. Some have more than 30,000.

Offline NachtmahrTopic starter

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2014, 05:22:52 AM »
Oh dear me! I wish I was that popular. I start feeling guilty when I cross 1000.

I just thought I had seen a post at one point encouraging people to trim their inbox. o: Is that not a thing? if so, this will be far less of an issue. However, I still find the current label system a bit iffy and overly complicated.

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2014, 05:32:43 AM »
The basic rule is if you use labels - never delete a PM/Label. I found that out the hard way myself. Now I have things set up so everything comes to my inbox. I can choose at that point to put the PM under a specific label, keep it in a catch all folder, or delete it if it isn't relevant.


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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2014, 08:22:50 AM »
I have a quick and easy way to retrieving all messages from a given user.  First, I set my PMs up as a conversation:   [ My messages -> Preferences -> Change Settings -> Display personal messages -> As a conversation ]

Then, I do the following: [ My Messages -> Actions -> Search Messages ].  Type the word "the" in the "Search for" box, and then type the member's name in the "by user" box.  Almost every PM conversation thread in existence contains the word "the" so you'll be able to pull all messages from a member this way.

Offline NachtmahrTopic starter

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2014, 02:46:00 PM »
Well - Thanks for all the great advice guys. I'll see what I can do about it all, but I have to admit that it does seem like a bit of an overwhelming chore to keep an inbox neat. x3

Edit: The conversation system is helping, but it seems to have some issues, breaking off 'conversations' at points it shouldn't, and starting a new. Is this just me thinking that, or have any of your experienced it too?
« Last Edit: October 24, 2014, 02:50:51 PM by Nachtmahr »

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2014, 03:09:33 PM »
The only time I've had that happen is if someone sends a fresh message not connected to the original conversation. Other than that, not so much.

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Re: Saving messages.
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2014, 04:35:04 PM »
You and the other person have to use the quote or reply feature throughout to keep a single conversation thread going.

Also if you click the From title at the top of the list the Inbox will be sorted by sender.  You can also sort by Subject and up and down by date.