I recently sent everyone a broadcast message about an issue I was recently made aware of regarding the messaging system here on TheChocolateLife.com.
Because some of you have elected NOT to receive any e-mail from TheChocolateLife.com, I am posting (an updated version of) the message here.
Recently, Ning (the company that makes the software used for TheChocolateLife.com) made some "improvements" to the messaging system to make it look more like a "real" e-mail system.
In particular, you can request that you be notified by e-mail when you receive a message from a member on TheChocolateLife (actually, this is the default setting, you don't select it). Confusingly, this notification also contains the text of the message.
However, you CANNOT reply to the message by clicking on "Reply" in your e-mail program. That's because the e-mail is actually sent from "firstname.lastname@example.org." This account does not exist, so if you reply to the e-mail, your reply gets forwarded to me and not to the person who sent you the message.
In order to reply to the notification in your e-mail program, you must click "FORWARD" and enter in the correct e-mail address of the recipient.
If you don't know the person's real e-mail address you'll have to visit TheChocolateLife.com and reply to the message from your inbox.
You can turn off the notification messages, but I recommend you do that ONLY if you visit the site at least once a week if for no other reason than to check for messages.
To modify your notification settings, click on the "Settings" link at the top of the right-hand column and then select E-mail from the options on the left. There you can specify what activities on TheChocolateLife.com send you notifications. Be sure to click on the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page before you navigate away from it.
For this reason, I recommend that you NOT use the messaging system for extremely personal, confidential, or business-related conversations. Use real e-mail instead.