There are "visitor messages" and "private messages". Anyone can see visitor messages if they click on someone's profile. This is a visitor message, and so was your message to me. There is a little drop down menu to choice between visitor and private. Be sure to click private if that is what you want!
I don't think I grasp the 1P.org manner of treating Private messages. A couple of times when I wanted to send a private message, I clicked to the member's "private" page and saw listed some previous messages that member had received... apparently not private. Do I need to know something special to send a message that will actually be viewable only by the member addressed?
Im concerned with the recent posts in the members café about nominating people for the HOF and the ability to push for a recipient. If a member has the ability to push for recognition what does it say about the award itself. It was one of the reasons I kind of left earlier. It was a Chicago contingent who had too much a strong influence. I knew about Artie B but questioned his award to the HOF before many others.
Though the ceremony itself is just a wonderful thing and the recognition of all those who contributed so much important, this discussion I think just smears the whole concept.