While e-mail is a good way to correspond privately with members, it has several drawbacks: You must open your e-mail application to write and send the message; the recipient must open his/her e-mail application; check his/her mail and your message will mixed in with all the other mail and it can take sometimes several minutes to an hour for mail to reach the recipient.
As an alternative to e-mail, the Web Board offers a faster, more private method. Private Messaging on the boards provides instantaneous delivery to the recipient's Private Mailbox. The mail is sent and received entirely through this forum, so neither you nor the recipient have to open another program or leave.
Private Messaging also gives both the sender and recipient greater privacy: No one's real e-mail address is revealed. Private Messages show only the handle and name of both parties.
If a recipient isn't online, Private Messages wait in the member's PM box until the next time he/she logs in and manually reads and/or deletes them.