arod-1 wrote:you say "It is up to the development team to decide how a feature should and should not work"
but what you really mean is that it is up to the development team to decide how the feature should be used.
The developers decide how the feature would be programmed to work by default
you have the ability and privilege to change it however you like. Not how it is used, you can use phpBB for uses other than a Forum, but the developers still programmed it to work as a forum by default
. And it is the developers decision on how they see it should work regardless if anybody likes it or not.
The developers created a message system that is user to user messaging. Private Messages is the best name suited for the feature. And as has been stated time and time again, naming of the feature is irrelevant to the point of the feature or its privacy, but as arod-1 is convinced that the feature was poorly named, I implore you to change it on your board. That is what phpBB allows you to do under the GPL.
The private messaging could be named personal messaging and it would not be viewed as any less private than private messaging. This is also why companies TELL YOU “This phone call may be recorded for quality control purposes” its a disclaimer, so you KNOW that someone else may be listening to it now or later, I know its not private. But I expect that when I call my friend, that it is private, but I don’t call it a “Private Phone Call”, I just call it a Phone Call.
- is a poor choice of names.
We (the Teams/phpBB) are saying, we believe this feature should work this way, and we program it to work that way, but as it is under the GPL, we say you can change it to make it work however you want it to work.
arod-1 wrote:as i said, there is nothing intrinsic in this feature, from the software point of view, that makes it private.
there is nothing intrinsic in the software that makes PMs "private". all i said was that it would be less confusing if they were not called "private".
if you don’t like how things are done. Complaining about it does very little good.