Is there a private message function?
Another Duolinguist and I got into a chat on a foreign songs thread, and our conversation is getting lengthy. We don't want to clutter up the thread. I was wondering if there's a private message function available? I've looked around already and couldn't find anything, but figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. :)
Just my opinion - I say it's a must! Being able to interact personally with other users without cluttering the public forums with off-topic chatter (and without the terrible character limit and formatting problems of stream-posting that I've just discovered!) would be an excellent way to enhance the community aspect of the site and would make it all the more enjoyable to use. Whether it's for off-topic chatter, or for one-to-one talk regarding issues with a language, or talk in a language for practise - it can only help the userbase!
I think this would be an extremely good idea because I have family members on Duolingo that I like to communicate with, but I don't want our personal conversations to be open to the public on my profile page. Our conversations tend to be WAY off-topic and random, so it would simply be clutter where ever we talk.
Then they've essentially added private messaging. :P I think there are better solutions though, given the present format of the stream page. It would be best if messaging had it's own page akin to a forum thread for readability.
The stream page is half-consumed by the side bar with the information on points, words, and language level; I see this as being a large source of the issue with the stream page. I don't mind which solution is used, as long as both privacy between users and good usability/readability can be attained.
I'm in a similar position to OP; I'm in a conversation that has started to drift off-topic and there's no good way to continue it without announcing my email address to the entire world. I don't even need for there to be private messaging, necessarily, but it would be nice for us to be able to continue our conversation in a more appropriate setting.
Even a feature like a button you could press to "allow this user to see my email address" would be so helpful. Then I could say, "We're starting to get off-topic here, so I've shared my email address with you in my profile. Feel free to email me if you'd like to continue this conversation privately."