Private Message questions & Forum comment

(1) There seems to be only two possible states for private messages sent to me, “new” (which implies unread to me) and deleted. Why is that once I’ve read a message but not deleted it that the “New private messages to you” indicator doesnt stop blinking?

(2) Is there any way to send PM’s to people other than system admins, e.g. user to user?

(3) In general I find the whole forum system to be terribly cumbersome. Just finding new messages and navigating around is slow/painful. Any reason you didnt just go with one of the tried and true off the shelf bulletin board packages that most sites use like UBB or phpBB?

I agree with the php!

C2 might have outgrown existing pm and forum structure?