Yes it works as outlined by lizzy. Private messages are disabled by default -- a Travelfish member has to enable them first (in the Member Profile section) then the "Private message" link displays.
Once you've sent a message to someone, they show in the shortcut list in the left column of the member centre in the messaging pages, so you can click on a name there to send a message (or via the link in the forum section - like on this page, under each member name). We think this is a better system than just showing a list of all who have enabled it, as again it encouraging contacting someone you have already dealt with.
They are not enabled by default primarily due to spam. When someone sends you a message, an email is sent to your account notifying you of the message. If we enabled the messaging by default, then new members may start receiving unsolicited emails "You just got a message from X" kinda thing, which we don't think is a great experience.
Daawgon, you asked in the message you sent to me were people actually using it, there's around 1,000 messages in the system. Glad you liked the tshirt :)
If you've suggestions on how to make messaging more visible, please do let me know, but its unlikely we'd enable the system by default.
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