OceanLake
 member, 999 posts
Wed 24 May 2017
at 16:58
Which Do You Read First: Survey
Out of curiosity, when there's a game that shows both private and public messages; do you go to:

The public messages or the private messages first, or do yo sometimes go to one and sometimes the other?

I almost always go to the private first.

This message was last edited by the user at 19:13, Wed 24 May.

swordchucks
 member, 1394 posts
Wed 24 May 2017
at 17:11
Which Do You Read First: Survey
I usually go to Private first.  If it's important enough for someone to have specifically sent me a message, it's probably the important thing for me to read.

That will vary by game, of course, since some games use private threads for a lot of stuff.  In those cases, it might be certain public threads, then private messages, then the rest of the public threads.
Cygnia
 member, 273 posts
 Amoral Paladin
Wed 24 May 2017
at 17:13
Which Do You Read First: Survey
Private.  Especially if I'm a GM.
Bornite
 member, 36 posts
Wed 24 May 2017
at 17:17
Which Do You Read First: Survey
Private messages, pretty much for the same reasons that swordchucks says.
nauthiz
 member, 526 posts
Wed 24 May 2017
at 17:27
Which Do You Read First: Survey
It depends on whether I think I know what each concerns.

If I know that I'm involved in a general PM thread that's going back and forth but that isn't tied to whatever's happening in the public threads I'll usually go public first.

On the other hand, if there's something I've PM'd someone about that I'm waiting on and is relevant to things in the public threads, I'll go there.

If it's an out of the blue PM, I'll usually check the public stuff first and save the PMs for last.

However I always make sure I check everything before posting anywhere as I've had the act of not doing that come back to bite me once or twice I'm pretty sure when I wasn't fast enough on the Edit.
Kioma
 member, 27 posts
Wed 24 May 2017
at 18:21
Which Do You Read First: Survey
I find that it doesn't matter, because if someone has PM'd me it's either unrelated to the current actions or it's about something new in the game that I might not have seen yet.  That said, I usually go to PMs just out of curiosity unless I'm waiting for something very specific in the active threads.  Either way I usually read both before replying to anything.
MythZarya
 member, 23 posts
Thu 25 May 2017
at 00:18
Which Do You Read First: Survey

Generally PM(s) first, but there have been a few times that I should have read the IC game posts first. It would have saved me from having to edit a PM response. I have learned that it's best to read both (PM and IC/public) threads before sending any replies. As Kioma said. :)

This message was last edited by the user at 00:18, Thu 25 May.

PCO.Spvnky
 member, 328 posts
Thu 25 May 2017
at 00:53
Which Do You Read First: Survey
I always check private messages first, chances are they are going to effect something in the public ones.
Mad Mick
 member, 895 posts
 Ain't sayin nothin
 Got nothin to say
Thu 25 May 2017
at 02:10
Which Do You Read First: Survey
Public first, and IC before OOC.

If the new messages are related, typically the PM or OOC messages elaborate or clarify the IC post, and I need the context, whether it's more information on what dice I need to roll or a condolence message about how my PC has just died.  =)

If the messages aren't related, it doesn't matter what order I read them.
pawndream
 member, 163 posts
Thu 25 May 2017
at 08:34
Which Do You Read First: Survey
Private messages first, always.

As a GM, my reading order is usually: private messages, OOC thread, game thread.
willvr
 member, 1050 posts
Thu 25 May 2017
at 10:23
Which Do You Read First: Survey
PMs first something like 90% of the time. For games I run; or games where I've formed any kind of friendship that goes beyond gaming associates, that moves to 100%.
SunRuanEr
 member, 47 posts
Thu 25 May 2017
at 13:43
Which Do You Read First: Survey
Always PMs. Always.

If there's blue on my screen, it's either a private scene (and I enjoy those), or it's an OOC comment/question from another player that could possibly impact the current public scenes (either in terms of my understanding of the recent posts, or because someone else needs a question answered before they can post.)

The public OOC thread, however, I always read last. Especially if it's a game where I know that the OOC conversation is generally off-topic drivel that I don't care about (which sadly happens more often than not).
facemaker329
 member, 6932 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Tue 30 May 2017
at 06:49
Which Do You Read First: Survey
Generally, private messages first.  If it's about something in the game, I will respond to acknowledge I got the message, and state that I'll clarify further after I've read the public stuff.

As far as the public messages go...I usually end up reading them in order of oldest to newest threads showing new messages, regardless of whether they're OOC or IC threads.  And, most of the time (but not always), I'll read everything before responding to anything.  If the only threads showing new posts are IC threads that my character is involved in, I'll post as soon as I've read, because I'm generally pretty sure nothing in any of the other threads is going to impact what I'd post...I'm not always right, and sometimes I'll go back and edit a post accordingly, or write another post, but that happens rarely.
chupabob
 member, 196 posts
Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 05:02
Which Do You Read First: Survey
First rMail, second private messages, third public messages