I mean, they shouldn't have tried to reinvent the wheel."PM or Private Message" is a term from the older format of the site - about a year ago. Old terms die hard. Currently the private message is called a "Conversation."
hmm, maybe that's the point?: Use of the word "private" in the old forum connotes, well, a private message. But maybe they aren't really private, in the sense that algorithms and bots or what-not are free to scan your messages for key words, etc. to cross-tabulate, develop profiles, sell to data miners/marketers, etc?... I would assume that'd be the norm, and has been, only that changing the name avoids potential legal hassles - or something potentially inimical to the 'owners' of the forum."Private Message" makes more sense. I have conversations with people IRL all the time. Nothing about that word indicates "this is between sender and recipient only" but that's the way a private message works, hence why it's called a private message. The older term is not fit to die if it works better than the replacement term.[emphasis added]