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Subject: How can you tell if a Private Message has been read?
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:12 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2010
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I realize that people can read their messages in their emails and never open the pm on the site. 

 

Ok, knowing that...how could I check to see if a pm that I've sent HAS been opened on the site?

Thanks.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
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Click on the "From Me" tab on the PM page, then click the "Unread" button.  The ones that are checked are the ones that haven't been read.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:48 PM ET
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Thanks, Jenna!

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 5:02 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2007
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I just want to add that in my personal experience this isn't always 100% reliable. I have a few PMs that still say unread and I KNOW they were read because the other member replied. But, in most cases, the read/unread function does appear to work.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 5:23 PM ET
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whippoorwill, the "unreads" might have read the pm in their email instead.  I know that I read mine in the emails and then go back and open them up in the pm section just to remove the little red numbers. lol

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:25 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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Whipporwill is correct that it isn't a 100% foolproof method for determining if your PM has been read.  Yes, folks can mark them as read after reading them in their email, but in order to reply directly they do have to open the PM on the site.

There is no perfect method, but the one Jenna described is the best we have. ;-)