Why are 8 posts required for PM's are allowed
I understand your dilemma - here's some information on why and what to do:
The minimum post requirement for Private Messages is very sadly necessary to prevent the scum spammers from spamming the board and all the users, which is a HUGE pain in the butt - you don't want hundreds of spam private messages and neither do I, so we do our best to protect you.
The BEST procedure is to simply discuss or ask your question/comment ON THE BOARD. You can both subscribe to the thread, and can choose to have an instant email notice of any new posts - so the lack of email ability isn't fatal.
Remember the whole point of having a Discussion Board such as this is to ask and answer questions PUBLICLY, not privately, so that the information is available to all - and perhaps save many many hours of searching in the future, or asking questions and posting answers that have been asked and answered often hundreds of times before.
If you really need a PRIVATE answer, post your question and ask for a PM reply, or have him/her pm you with their email address. (NOTE: NEVER post your email address publicly unless you really want to be on a spammers mail list).
Also note that if the person you're trying to contact has enabled email contact, (in their "user options / Edit options" - make sure YOU have) you can just click their name and send an email to them. If they have not enabled email contact, I can't contact them either, except in life or death cases.
Hope that helps!
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