I was looking for a quick answer to the problem of allowing members to write each other messages. The Private message module looked like the most complete solution.
However, it has some significant downsides.
- I can't find an API for it anymore. All the links are dead.
- It uses awful HTML output which is not responsive so refer to problem 1.
- It's not integrated with views!
So I wonder if a poor man's messaging system that simply uses nodes and views would be a more versatile, future proof and potentially more performant replacement. Is private messages dramatically more performant(such that it's downsides are worth it) than using nodes and views for private conversations, of which there would be potentially many?