i have only participated in one other forum ever so i am something of a novice with the mechanics which, at this moment, are frustrating. BB, the lovely moderator, told me i had to "enable instant messaging" in order to send and receive private messages. on the other forum in which i participated, there was simply a PM (private message) system internal to the forum. i am not presently an instant messager on any of the listed services (though i use gmail constantly). does this mean i need to sign up for one in order to send and receive PMs here? and what is ICQ? thanks in advance for patience and a little guidance. i look forward to talking less about housekeeping and more about all things M43!