Upgrading the site's message system won't be easy, due to the way it's intertwined with quizzes through the correction notes. Terry is however aware that players wish to have some comfort features, so it's on the agenda.
For regular PM discussions between friends, I recommend that you use the forum PM feature - not only does that one support email notification and a "new message" icon, but you can also have up to 5 people on one message thread.
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