I'm not sure if this has to do with the work that has been ongoing with the server upgrade or if this is just another restriction placed on non-club members. I'm guessing it's the latter, but I don't want to jump to any conclusions.
I wanted to check to see if a PM I sent out was received/read. I tried to check the private message receipts function and got the following message:
Originally Posted by AO
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So if I read this correctly, I'm not permitted to check to see if my PMs were even sent, let alone read, just because I'm not a club member. That really seems like a ridiculous restriction on regular members. This was always a function that members had access to before the club fees were introduced. It's also a function that is probably of more use to non-club members since they can't keep copies of their PMs without cluttering up their five message storage space.
It's not as if granting non-paying members access to this information is taking up that many resources. The receipts are already stored, they can't be added to or altered just by reading them. If they continue to exist, it seems to me that they really should be accessible. If it was decided that keeping these receipts took up too much server space, and that only paying members would be allowed to generate them, that's a completely different argument, and one that could be argued on at least somewhat reasonable grounds.