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Member to member messages

Current behavior:
Currently one member can contact another only outside of the system - and only if that member has disclosed his contact information (email/phone)

Desired behavior:
Members should be able to contact other members right on the site, without having to expose email addresses

Messages can be forwarded to member emails - or displayed to each member when logged in.

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  • Donna Long commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello, I asked about this function nearly a year ago. Has there been any move to add this option to our websites? We had to start a FB group so our members can easily get in touch as a group. We would much rather have that function within our own website. Can you make this happen?

  • Donna Long commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    create an option to be able to add a chat room function to websites that is accessible by password

  • Donna Long commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    is there a chat feature that can be implemented? Like Google groups or messenger. That would be a great thing to add if it is not available.

  • D'Ann Bartley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why not both? Some might prefer email, others member to member chat. No reason why there couldn't be both options. :)

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is absolutely vital to our organisation that ordinary members can contact each other & be able to send emails to the group as a whole. Often conditions change quickly & an email needs to be pushed out to the whole group.

  • Connor Finnigan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be cool, although I sure hope that 'forwarding to member emails' is the default setting. My only concern would be members turning off the forward, rarely logging in, and missing important messages from other members. In any event, I have voted yes for this.

    An alternative approach would be updating the existing "Send Message" functionality to include the option to mask the common field email address and send from a system generated sender address (like an alias). This would accomplish the same goal without the addition of an internal inbox, internal messaging interface, etc.

  • M. B. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with Anonymous's comment. I suggested to our President that chair members could email their committee members directly from Wild Apricot. Then I looked at the settings and 1) Realized that this would require more than 5 admins or a dummy admin and 2) When you mass email contacts, even though you set the reply-to email, that email address didn't show up in my tester email. It would be great if at a minimum, we could assign chairs to send emails to people in same group.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just had one of our committee chairs ask about this. We don't need or want more than the 5 full admins our subscription allows us, but we have about a dozen committee chairs or designates that we'd like to be able to provide the ability to contact other members. Some kind of limited admin ability that provides them with access to the email system. Alternatively, the ability to create a list of members and assign an email address alias to the list, which we can put into the directory, etc.

  • MaryZ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Member-to-member e-mail, groups, etc.

    Electric Embers (http://electricembers.coop) provides a service that solves this problem. They have a Groups feature that allows a group of members to mail each other, a group leader to e-mail the group members, etc. Very versatile.

    They also have e-mail serves. The price is extremely reasonable and the staff who provide help are extremely good in terms of responsiveness, demeanor and problem solving. It's a nice add-on service for a Wild Apricot site.

  • Walt Bilofsky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is looking like a deal breaker for us too. We need email lists with moderation.

    We use a listserv with three lists - full membership, board and board plus administrators.

    The WA email feature can't be enabled separately from certain admin privileges. And we want any member to be able to email the club, but most of them have to be moderated.

    We could use group-restricted forums for the board and board+admin list. But WA doesn't let the admin subscribe new board members to the forum so they get email notifications; we have to tell each of them to do that themselves.

  • yeslekn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Interesting that a module that was supposedly being worked on, in 2008 with implementation in Q2 is STILL a wish list item. One reason I recommended WA to our club was that it appeared that member to member messages were going to be a feature offered, and it would reduce by a huge amount, the time and resources needed to host and manage our email list.

    I do not know how you conduct voting for features desired, as an administrator I have never received a poll of features we want, and if I did, member to member messaging would be a MAJOR item.

    I think that you will find that a query to your customers about how many could or would use member to member messaging will result in a larger response than you realize.


    Nick Kelsey

  • Rick Dalven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    DJYoung describes my situation also. Manually maintaining email lists.

    I allow only board members to send email blasts to the entire membership. I control this by black/white lists in my mail provider application. To further complicate, without periododic matching, I cannot determine when a member changes an email address; there is no log/audit function to look only for changes to a member profile, so, I play the spreadsheet vlookup game.

    The ideal for me is for WildApricot to act as a email forwarding agent, where I can set up distribution lists (All Members, Members of a certain level, etc.) and be able to send a mass email to the list for re-distribution, with appropriate security permission controls.

    If such a function existed within WildApricot, I may also be able to cancel my web hosting service, which I only use for email management, and save the club some money.


  • djyoung commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    I have a similar request. I would like certain users (for example administrators or board members) to be able to send an email blast to all members from outside Wild Apricot. In this way the message could be composed in the sender's usual email application, without them having to log into Wild Apricot. To deliver the email blast, the sender would then simply send the message to a specific email address that forwards the message to all members. Similar to the 'Yahoo groups' style functionailty described above.

    Does that make sense?

    At the moment I have to manually copy member email addresses from the Wild Apricot database into our email list, which is a real pain.

  • AKA TEO commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi, wondering if this is an option. We currently use Yahoo Groups as well. A member can send an email to our yahoogroups email address (aka_teo@yahoogroups.com ), and the message (and attachment if applicable) is routed to all members. We use it to communicate with each other as a group. Each year at renewal time, I have to update the WA Membership Database and the Yahoo Groups Membership Database. It would be great if I only had to update one database, my WA database. So, perhaps an email address could be assigned for each WA account to use for this purpose.

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