Some of you have noticed and taken advantage of a new feature in the forums: Forum Profiles.
Forum profiles include information that you define about yourself that you would like to share with other forum readers.
You may change your forum profile by clicking "Change My Forum Profile" from your MY ACCOUNT page after logging in.
On a forum thread, you can be identified by a photo that you specify ("avatar" in forumspeak) and a "locale", which can be used to describe your general location, favorite hiking spot, etc.
To view any user's profile, click on their avatar, username, or name from any forum thread. This will take you to a summary page that allows you to view that user's profile. From this page, you can also view your own profile, or change your profile.
In your profile, you can specify a "PM" (personal message) email address. This address is embedded in the website database and is not accessible by any forum user, or by any web bot or spider, so there is no risk of receiving spam as a result of a site crawler if you enter this address.
Then, from any user's profile page, you can send a PM to that user, but only if BOTH you AND that user have set up PM email addresses. Once a PM is sent, it goes directly to the user's PM email address specified in their forum profile.
We'll continue to develop forum functionality to improve your experience here. We have rather enjoyed building forums from the 'ground up' here, adding functions that the forum readers here ask for, rather than embedding third party software with more complexity than what is needed. Such is the true spirit of the ultralighter!
Anyway, thanks everyone for your feedback, keep it coming!