We recently have noticed some problems with spammers using the private messaging system to send unwanted messages to other users. In order to reduce the chance of this happening again we have made some changes to this system. New users will be unable to use the Private Message system until they have been members for a short period of time and made a small number of valid posts on the forums.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, and we hope anyone affected understands why we have had to implement this system.

Users who do not wish to receive any private messages, disable email notification of private messages or limit private messages to only people on their Buddy List can do so via the user control panel ( 'User CP' in the top navigation bar, then click 'Edit Options' )