Replying to private messages was easy.... similar to replying to a thread. Now.... sending private messages.... not so easy and searching for a how-to left me with 500 results.... which sucked. For anyone else new who would like to know how to send a PM.... I found the needle in the haystack posted by ghrit buried in this thread, ]http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/back-basics/1502-home-butchering-picture-tutorial-steer-3.html , "To send him a PM, click on his name in the first post (upper left corner) that will open a drop down menu that you can click on a link to send a PM." You don't need to look to a 1st post in a thread... just look over to the left of any person who made a post for the person's username and click on that. Once you click on it you get a drop down box and an option to send a private message is right there. Click on it and you'll be able to start your own PM to that person. If you want to find where your PMs are stored, click on "User CP" that's up toward the top on the left next to "Register" then look to the left and scroll down in the left column for an area where it says Private Messages then look just below that to List Messages and click on it. Voila! All your private messages show up.