I received a reply from tech support yesterday. Joel has made changes that now allow members with “at least 15 posts and who have been registered for 2 weeks “ to privately contact others here on our forum. So hopefully, this problem has been solved but if there are any issues remaining, please contact me. Another reminder, that I will be monetizing the forum in the fall and a specific date will be announced here. There will be a yearly fee of $20US to have complete access to the forum ie. make comments, ask questions and post photos. There will be no change to the general internet public having the ability to read posts and look at the pictures. Joel our tech support, is looking into how this will be done. There will be lots of prior warning as to when this change will happen.