My own view is this: I exchange private messages with a few people on here and I wouldn't dream of putting any of them on the public forum, but should a person choose to dump abuse in my PM box they can expect to see that held up to the light. People aiming to be abusive gain power by thinking the recipient will accept the idea of privacy and will not expose their abuse to the public view. Should anyone try it with me, I want to take away that power. I find the idea of someone sending PMs like the one sent to someone yesterday, confident that no one on the public forum will see just how horrible they can be, really nauseating.
Please could you let us know your policy on this?