If the code allows, maybe @CC_Jon can increase the limit for senior members as there are several who actively engage with posters by PM in an effort to provide support. I realize that requires an additional parameter, but if “spam-PMs” are that big of an issue (I’ve never received one personally) that may be a compromise if increasing the limit globally is a concern.
The max messages applies to messages I start AND this includes any post flags I might do as well. It does not apply to responses to posts on the forum.
@CC_Jay repeatedly, we have been told to take private discussions to message. Some days, there are more of these than others. And it doesn’t apply to any responses I make to messages…on’y ones I start (or at least that is what @CC_Jon said earlier)
I also have never received a spam PM.
And also, the whole “your reached your limit thing…what IS the limit? I waited the 22 minutes, and then some. A short while later I received another pop up that I had again exceeded my limit (believe me, I hadn’t done much in that short time) and I had to wait 44 minutes.
When a moderator (or when I, not to speak for the others) says this on a thread, it’s the polite way of saying “move on”. If it’s a situation where you’re having back and forth posts and decide on your own to take to PM, perhaps invite the other person to PM you.
I’ve been able to reproduce on a test system. It’s not very intuitive. If you use “Something Else” to add context, that does indeed create a PM thread with the moderators. That thread counts against the rolling 24-hour new PM rate limit. The error message is confusing because it lacks the necessary context.
(By the way, I had a hard time wrapping my head around your reports, @thumper1. I apologize for misunderstanding!)
I think there are two viable workarounds:
When someone hits the limit, they can submit flags that don’t use the “Something Else” reason:
From what I can tell, none of those reasons have this problem. The downside is that it lacks context that moderators might need.
We can increase the PM thread limit to match the maximum flag limit.
I’ve done #2 for the moment. I’ve also created a bug report for the system we use that might result in a better solution down the road.
An alternative (and better IMO) solution would be to expand the auto close feature beyond chance me, since the majority of @thumper1 's “something else” flags are reporting responses on ancient threads.