Built-in Messaging in MODX

MODX has a built-in way to send messages to other Manager users, but we are not aware of many (any?) people using this functionality. Do you use it? Would it upset you if it were gone? If you’re a MODXer, please help us plan the future of MODX.

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  1. Benjamin Morrison
    May 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM
    I forgot to mention, it really does need to be there, especially if people are building more social sites. The issue is documentation.

    1. Martin Gartner
      May 20, 2013 at 01:01 PM
      I think this feature can be removed! Not at least that its implementation is not very useful without getting notified on new messages!

      Probably it would be better to let users install this feature as an add-on.

      One of the features of our upcoming add-on GoodNews makes it possible to send mails to whole MODx user groups so this could be a kind of replacement too.

      1. Oliver Haase-Lobinger
        May 20, 2013 at 01:27 PM
        Please keep it there. You log in, you get the note, you are happy!

        1. Heikki Tenhunen
          May 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM
          Used to use it more, you know send client some info and stuff. I feel it could really use an email notification though. My point, don't strip it please.

          1. Tom Ireland
            May 21, 2013 at 03:03 AM
            If my memory serves me correctly, there are no notifications and the threading of messages isn't great. I would definitely use it more often if there were some minor improvements made. I was thinking of using it on a site I'm building as a notification area for members, but it does lack some of the aforementioned functionality. Cheers. Tom.

            1. Pavel Lovtsevich
              May 21, 2013 at 03:30 AM
              I believe that's should be a separate extension.

              1. Mark Hamstra
                May 21, 2013 at 07:01 AM
                The current implementation doesn't offer much, so if people need it they probably need more features along the way (like the aforementioned notification for starters). I've never used it myself and think as an Extra it would be more appropriate and one of the people that actually use it could lead development on it.. :)

                1. Benjamin Davis
                  May 21, 2013 at 01:07 PM
                  I would love to use it if it would notify the users. As it is now, it's pointless. It could be a great tool for feedback between different content editors.

                  1. Eli Snyder
                    May 21, 2013 at 04:29 PM
                    I agree that it makes more sense as an extra. In a typical install, manager users are probably members of the same organization anyway and already have established channels of communication.

                    1. Rogier Verbrugge
                      May 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM
                      I'm using it on a bit project at the moment so please don't remove it!

                      1. Alessandro Tilli
                        May 22, 2013 at 02:27 AM
                        I also agree it could be an extra, in my experience it could be useful with medium-big companies, but they usually use other channels, as Eli wrote.

                        1. Oliver Haase-Lobinger
                          May 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM
                          Yep. An Extra (with more features) could do the job, too.

                          1. iusemodx
                            May 23, 2013 at 07:56 AM
                            Never used it personaly (in approx. 7 years of MODx use) and neither have any of my clients or friends

                            Mag to Grid = Get Rid

                            1. Sebastian Zimmermann
                              May 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM
                              I never used it - email just did it. What I would like to see is an todo and assignment tool. I usually implement a notes-tab for todos and reminders - for communication and collaboration with editors - located on the edit-ressource-screen like any other rte-tv. But this could be enhanced and more like a real tool if it would have an dashboard with overview and assignments... what do you think, is that worth an feature request?

                              1. charles s
                                May 25, 2013 at 05:29 AM
                                I've used it on sites as a type of workflow communication and also tied into front end web forms as a personal message board between site owners and their end clients. I think there is strong use case for it especially if the features were expanded to accomidate the items noted above and a few others.

                                I'd certainly be willing to step up and take a more active role in further development of it even as an extra.


                                1. J J
                                  May 28, 2013 at 02:58 AM
                                  Agree totally that it makes more sense as an extra. I see no point having it in the core..

                                  1. Todd
                                    Dec 23, 2015 at 08:47 PM
                                    I would miss it.

                                    I have a membership site and it’s not unusual to send messages to (front-end) members/users. In fact, it would be nice to send rich-text messages. Honestly I think the entire back-end ‘messages’ feature in general is terribly under-realized.

                                    Now, whether it needs to be a core feature is debatable. Speaking for myself I would like a more fully realized implementation, whether that happens as a core feature or Extra probably doesn’t matter that much to me, ultimately. But either way I find this type of feature very important to my work.

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