I'm pretty sure I could do this just the other day but it seems this has already changed. I just spent almost a half hour looking for this and finally found a 'Direct Message' button at the top right corner of my 'Inbox'. When I went into that button and selected a person I wanted to send a message to, I was presented with a notice that I can only send to people in my 'friends' list. I don't make a habit of creating such lists as it's no one else's business who I am 'friends' with. I would have thought we would find such an option when simply clicking on the user we want to directly message. I have already had two occasions to use this and I am pretty sure both people I contacted, at Shaw, were glad the questions I asked were done in just such a message rather than being posted in the 'public' forum area.
Is this something we are going to see be more easily accessible?