Yeah..I don't understand it either. Seems they are 'conversations' now instead of 'private' messages (click on 'inbox'). I guess everyone can read them, so what's the point..?? If I wanted members to read it, I would just post it out in the forum. I guess you can 'lock' them , but then no one can respond. I don't see an option to make it private. It was much easier & simple to just PM a member without searching for options to keep it out of public view.