The BODB messaging system allows users to send and receive message to and from other users. When the currently logged in user has unread messages, a notification will be displayed in the to right corner. Click on this notification to display the Messages page. If the current user has no unread messages, a “Messages” link will instead be displayed that leads to the Messages page.
The Inbox tab of the Messages page lists all messages – read and unread. For each message, the sender is displayed along with their avatar, as well as the subject, a portion of the text, and the date and time it was received. After selecting messages by clicking on their checkbox, the user can delete, mark them as read, or mark them as unread by clicking on the appropriate button.
Clicking on a message in the Inbox list will display the message view page containing the entire message. The options available from this screen are “Back to Inbox”, “Reply”, “Close” or “Delete”.
Replying to Messages
Clicking on the “Reply” button on the message view page will display a form for a message reply. Fill in the subject and body and click the “Send” button to send the message or “Cancel” to cancel.
Viewing Sent Messages
Sent messages can be viewed in the Sent tab of the Messages page. Click on the message in the list to view it in its entirety.
Composing a New Message
To compose a new message, click on the “Compose Mail” link on the Messages page. This will display a blank form for writing the message. The “To” drop-down box will contain a list of all the other users in the system. Selecting a user will display that user’s avatar image. Fill in the subject and body and click “Send” to send the message or “Cancel” to cancel.