Thanks for joining!
You know what, you’re right, we need an FAQ. We’ve also had a request to create an Introduce Yourself kind of forum, and I think that that’s a good idea too.
Until then, I’m certainly happy to answer any questions here!
We do not have a direct message function. We’d experimented it early on, but found that some of our more visible members were being inundated by people asking them questions that should have been asked on the forums, and, let’s just say “more”. ? It’s possible that we may try something like this again, but for now, our most active members asked us to turn this off, and we understand why. With around a million people a month passing through the COW, and many millions over the course of a year, we’re going to have to do some more thinking about how to keep direct messaging from getting out of control again.
Please let me know if there’s anything else I can tell you! And thanks again for being part of the COW!