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mjuran
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Becca D7, you pay for the letters you send on JPay, and the inmate pays for his/her own letters they send.  If they don't have money (stamps) to write you back, you may choose to add a return stamp to your JPays for them to use for that purpose.  If you, you pay for their letter too.  People usually have very little money in prison, and often don't have money to write, so many people do pay for their pen pals to correspond with them.

Kirsten
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Well, Becca, if you're going to write someone via Jpay first thing you'll need is an account.registering with Jpay to make that account is free, but if you want to write sth. you've got to have stamps (1 per page and 1 per possible attachment). You've got to pay for these stamps and you'll do it best with a credit card, that's the easiest way. Plus, depending on where the inmate is, he will or won't be able to reply back to you via Jpay. Some state do have two-way-messaging, others (like TX, for example), can get jpays, but only reply back to you via a written letter.

So, it really depends, but if you're going to write to someone, of course, you've got to pay sth. for it, too. 

BeccaD7
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I was to write to someone using jpay how do I know if I have to pay for it or the inmate is?

Insegura
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Hola! Yo también soy nueva aquí, y tengo la misma pregunta que tu. Escribí a una persona de Nebraska desde writeaprisioner.com, pero luego e leído sobre jpay pero que tenemos que pagar, y no se si es la misma página que writeprisioner. Com o cuánto cobran por escribir a través de Jpay.... Si alguien nos puede ayudar o tu mism@ ya tienes respuesta y me puedes explicar te lo agradecería mucho, un saludo desde España!

DreadPirateCar
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Opally and Northernyank, thank you guys for replying! Yes, I did include a stamp. It's my first time doing this and I felt like I was being paranoid. I will take your suggestion and send a follow-up letter.

Thanks guys!

Northernyank
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The only 2 things I can think of is 1. He doesn't have any stamps, or 2. His kiosk is broken.

Opally
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To clarify, mine wasn't in the SOU. And I meant: did you add a pre-paid stamp at all?

Opally
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Hey @DreadPirateCar! I had a pal in Washington and he was able to respond. I'm pretty sure every unit has a kiosk or two. He should be able to respond but you can always send another message just to make sure he got it. You can add an address he can send a response to in case he can't send anything via JPay. If you haven't gotten a rejection email, he most likely got the message. Inmates do get a notification, I believe. Did you had a pre-paid stamp at all? If not, he probably couldn't respond if he didn't have money to get stamps himself.

DreadPirateCar
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I realize that this is an old thread, but I was wondering if anyone can help me with my JPay question. I've read in this thread that not every part of the prison population has access to kiosks; I was wondering if anyone has any experience with Washington inmates in the Special Offenders Unit(s)? Do they have access to the kiosks? Is it easier to snail mail them?

I sent my first JPay email over 2 weeks ago and haven't had any reply. My inmate showed up in the search on JPay, so I assumed that he was able to receive messages/reply... It shows the status as "sent," so I'm assuming it's been approved, but I haven't heard back. It seems that JPay emails take a maximum of a few days to send, so did he just not want to reply? Or does he not have access? Or has he not seen it yet? Are prisoners notified when they have messages? Or does he not get notified and just not check his JPay?

I'm so confused! Any help/clarification is appreciated :)

Arachne
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That's right, i've got another [I]penpal[/I] friend here in Spain (for over a decade!) and its really great to comunicate instantly, by email, facebook or even phone. I bet im gonna learn a lot of new things from now on.

I'll let you know if I continue "stalking" this dude, haha!

See you around, I like this forum and I'm sure I'll have multiple questions :)

Arachne
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Yeah, you both are right, so I'll probably do so in a few minutes, just a quick note, I really don't want to freak him out. You laugh about it but I'm starting not to, it's really embarrasing!

And, thanks, Dan, for your tip. Patience (I'm sure I've misspelled this earlier) it's not one of my strongest abilities so I better take a deeeep breath and just wait.

Thank you so much for your replies :)

Arachne
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I speak to someone in Telford I send him JPay and they are printed out and sent to him, and he snail mails, the reply. He said photos are printed in black and white (someone else may clarify this) If you want him to reply you will have to send another message with your address

This confirms my thoughts, and its gonna be hilarious. I wrote to my possibly-future-pp through WAP, but I thought it would be funny and faster writing to him again through Jpay, and then... I didnt write down my address in the Jpay letter. So if im not wrong, i have two options, wait until he reads the WAP one on August 4th or write to him a third time...

Maybe StalkerGirl would have been a more appropiate nickname than Arachne, oh god, cant stop laughing. Hope he laughs of it as well.

Im new here, as you can see, and Im also overseas (hello from Spain!), so please be patient and forgive my poor english.

Breezesgirl
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Jpay does need emotions, things can be taken wrong, I'm sarcastic and sometimes it gets messed up.

josephina2
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This confirms my thoughts, and its gonna be hilarious. I wrote to my possibly-future-pp through WAP, but I thought it would be funny and faster writing to him again through Jpay, and then... I didnt write down my address in the Jpay letter. So if im not wrong, i have two options, wait until he reads the WAP one on August 4th or write to him a third time...

Maybe StalkerGirl would have been a more appropiate nickname than Arachne, oh god, cant stop laughing. Hope he laughs of it as well.

Im new here, as you can see, and Im also overseas (hello from Spain!), so please be patient and forgive my poor english.

Lol stalkergirl that's so funny :) yeh I'd probably send a short jpay with my address so he can reply. Glad to see I'm not the only person who has silly moment's :)

njsquarebear
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Don't you girls think that Jpay needs smilies and emoticons like this :hmph::yippie::awe: ?? It would makes joking around alot easier, and also make it easier to understand the tone of a comment. JPay needs emoticons!! :yup:

Have you written them about this? If so, did you get a reply?

Schavuit
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Don't you girls think that Jpay needs smilies and emoticons like this :hmph::yippie::awe: ?? It would makes joking around alot easier, and also make it easier to understand the tone of a comment. JPay needs emoticons!! :yup:

Schavuit
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No, I haven't. I was writing a Jpay message and I needed emoticons to cheer the email up, but there wasn;t any availlable. I spontanuously posted it.

DanPal
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And, thanks, Dan, for your tip. Patience (I'm sure I've misspelled this earlier) it's not one of my strongest abilities so I better take a deeeep breath and just wait.

Thank you so much for your replies :)

It's a learning experience for all of us here. We're so used to instant gratification at the click of the mouse or remote control that it takes a 'little' getting used to to operate at a slower pace.
But there's a beauty about those handwritten letters that makes you wanna wait for them :)
I hope you get lots :)

DanPal
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Hello Arachne, and welcome to the forum :)
I hope you hear back from your chosen prospective pp.
Don't write a third letter; you're already freaking him out probably ;) Just kidding; but I would take a deep breath now and start practicing that patience which you're gonna need a lot of when pen palling with inmates.
Then again receiving your JPay and not being able to respond (assuming he wants to) could be very frustrating. So, on second thoughts, maybe a quick note with your address might be good.
Good luck with the endeavour :)

PS The WAP letter is mailed to the prison on the 4th, so he may get it sometime in the week after that.

chizlit
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Think I'd have to do a whole lot of reading to try to understand your system. If state prisons do not allow Jpay is it because they are more strict or simply do not have the ability to impliment it?

chizlit
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Thanks everyone for the fast helpful replies, I now understand. However for me in the UK it does beg the question what is the difference between state and federal prison?

chizlit
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Thanks for the fast reply. I'm in the UK so have no clue as to the difference between state and federal prisons, however he is in Telford Unit, New Boston, TX , so not sure if that is State or not. I'm confused because it says on his advert that he has Jpay, so it then seems pointless to me that he has to write back to me using normal mail (which he can't do as I didn't give him my address).

josephina2
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I've just installed a chrome extension to block that absolute rag of a "news" site... now if I inadvertently click a link to it, it plays me random GIFs.
No more outrage and scaremongering, or seeing the daily "article(s)" on what Kim Kardashian's arse is up to.
I feel liberated.

do you mean the Daily M if so please describe in detail how to block it. I'm tired of being outraged every day.

josephina2
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Take Washington, for example, not only do the state prisoners have kiosks where they can read and type replies to emails on JPay, they also have the option of buying a tablet that is an MP3 player and email machine in one. Something not too dissimilar from a smartphone. They can look at pictures and videos of their family on it. Washington also has video visits (just like Skype video calls), extended family visits (conjugal visits), pizza and bingo nights for the families, family barbecues, Christmas parties with Santa and gifts for the children, music rooms, art studios, etc. so I have to disagree with people here in the UK who say "American prisons are strict". Yes, Texas, Louisiana, California and others have strict prisons but not all states are that harsh. I can't imagine a bingo night being held in a UK prison for the families and the prisoners. Imagine the outcry in the Daily Mail!

100% agree!

josephina2
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Both Feb and me are Brits, not American.

It is up to each individual state whether they negotiate the services of Jpay or any other service provider. Texas only recently installed an inmate telephone system.

The layout and design of many Texas prisons would make it difficult for them to control the use of Jpay kiosks in the way the administration would want to, but often the desire to benefit inmates in any way is not there unless the state can make some money off it as well.

So so true. Its great to see someone who can tell it like it is.

Mandycatt
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I too have a penpal that has been nudging me towards jpay, but it seems the others don't have it, so I'm not sure if I want to bother with it. He said of course it is up to me but it is cheaper for him if I do it, and I really do enjoy our correspondence. Can you buy one "stamp" at a time? He said something about $12, but I'd prefer since I'm writing several not to buy a "book" of stamps just for one inmate at this time.

UnsaidPromises
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He's in WSP.

Close custody would make a bit more sense, but he's supposed to be released really soon in a few months. I thought close custody was for lifers though. I'm not very familiar with any of this :(

I haven't heard from him in more than a month now. I'm a little worried he's gotten himself into trouble again...

UnsaidPromises
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My pp is in max custody in WA. He says they barely ever get to use the kiosk, and he prefers snail mail over JPay.

I was wondering if maximum custody in WA refers to the IMU (Intensive Management Unit)? Are the conditions really bad? :(

UnsaidPromises
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Does anyone know if the photos show up in color if there are JPay kiosks in the facility where they can just view it electronically?

Gipsy
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That's genius!

Gipsy
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I've just installed a chrome extension to block that absolute rag of a "news" site... now if I inadvertently click a link to it, it plays me random GIFs.
No more outrage and scaremongering, or seeing the daily "article(s)" on what Kim Kardashian's arse is up to.
I feel liberated.

Oh wow! I need that but for the german version of The sun. For some reason, certain people really do quote it as if it was a genuine newspaper. I always wonder what went wrong in their eduction...

njsquarebear
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Just tell him that you're only able to commit to snail mail for the time being. If he writes less as a result or hassles you about it further, then have a nice little browse through some of the other 9000 possible pen pal candidates waiting for someone to write.

Yeah, y'all have confirmed my instinct not to open this can of worms. It's interesting that of the 4 guys I write in prison, he's the only one I chose from another prison pp website, because he was closer to my age and so have more 'pop' culture things in common. Of course, he was also the guy who right of the bat wanted 'some lovin' and thought we'd make a great 'couple'. :) I quickly made sure he understood we would only be friends at most.

Thanks for the answers, everyone!

njsquarebear
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I have my OWN Jpay question and need your thoughts/advice:
One of the guys I have been writing snail mail, has been 'nudging me' to get a Jpay account and write him via that. He is a bad typer (2 fingers), but has started taking a typing class (he says), so he can become skilled in typing (which is, I agree, a necessary skill since he'll hopefully be paroled in the fall of next year). It'll be faster, he says, but I think he also expects me to pay for his correspondence back to me with the free stamp (since all his 'spare' pay is going toward saving up for jogging sneakers). LOL

The problem is that he is not getting his OWN Jp4 player... he says that his celly only uses his for music, and is willing to let my penpal use his for mail, and so he can (supposedly) set up his own password to use the keyboard. All well and good. EXCEPT that he would need ME to register on Jpay using his celly's name and prison number, and I question whether that is wise and/or legal for either of us? While I doubt I'd ever put any money into this guy's account - it's a bit annoying to feel like I should fund our correspondence! - I do see the possibility of fraud, being the pessimistic person I am!

I have my own thoughts about doing this / not doing this.... but wonder how others think? THANKS!!! (as always in advance)

Bluebottle87
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do you mean the Daily M if so please describe in detail how to block it. I'm tired of being outraged every day.

Just install the Chrome extension linked below:

Daily Mail Blocker

I expect firefox will have something similar, but I stopped using that buggy rubbish ages ago, so I have no link for that.

:peace:

Bluebottle87
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Oh wow! I need that but for the german version of The sun. For some reason, certain people really do quote it as if it was a genuine newspaper. I always wonder what went wrong in their eduction...

Have a search on the chrome extensions page... you can get generic website blockers where you specify which websites to block, but you might find one for the specific website. The one for the Daily Mail displays this message along with the GIFs:

"Hang on a second!

You're heading towards an article that was probably written specifically to provoke a reaction. Take a moment, enjoy this gif, and think about whether or not you want to give them the satisfaction of knowing that you took the bait.

Another selfless act performed just for you by @Jonic. You're welcome."

:adance2:

Bluebottle87
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Imagine the outcry in the Daily Mail!

I've just installed a chrome extension to block that absolute rag of a "news" site... now if I inadvertently click a link to it, it plays me random GIFs.
No more outrage and scaremongering, or seeing the daily "article(s)" on what Kim Kardashian's arse is up to.
I feel liberated.

Bluebottle87
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Think I'd have to do a whole lot of reading to try to understand your system. If state prisons do not allow Jpay is it because they are more strict or simply do not have the ability to impliment it?

Some state prisons do have Jpay.
If you do a WAP search for prisoners with Jpay, you can then Google their facility + jpay, and it'll tell you whether there are kiosks available for them to write back to you via email, whether their replies are scanned back to you, or whether they just have to reply via snail mail.

gsc984
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I could be missing something here, but is there anything wrong in sending the photos by traditional mail, just to break up the routine of emails all the time?

I prefer to send in the normal mail, but if I wanted to share a photo I had taken on my mobile and not had printed out yet I would send via Jpay, I use flikshop at the moment.

gsc984
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Thanks for the fast reply. I'm in the UK so have no clue as to the difference between state and federal prisons, however he is in Telford Unit, New Boston, TX , so not sure if that is State or not. I'm confused because it says on his advert that he has Jpay, so it then seems pointless to me that he has to write back to me using normal mail (which he can't do as I didn't give him my address).

I speak to someone in Telford I send him JPay and they are printed out and sent to him, and he snail mails, the reply. He said photos are printed in black and white (someone else may clarify this) If you want him to reply you will have to send another message with your address

Schavuit
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Don't do it. If you want to know why I'm saying this I can PM you. I would go w/your instinct on this one.

I am very naive and I don't see the harm in this. Can you please explain to us as well what the problem is??

Schavuit
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Oke, thank you. The thing that makes me most omfortable is that my penpal asks for free stamps.

Jpay is bad for my heart by the way. They are VERY close to give me a heart attack every time after I send a message and I am not sure if I put the right receiver in the email.

Schavuit
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Aalright, you helped the Original Poster of this threat so well that I ask my JPay question in this threat as well. I am wondering if the persons who send email every day or a few times a week always send a free stamp along with their email??

elysium
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Telford's a state prison, I'm sure. I wouldn't underestimate how damned exciting it is to receive an actual letter through your door that's not a bill :D I hear from my pal in Texas every 1-2 weeks and it's always great to receive his letters, I mostly write to him using Jpay though to make things a bit quicker! xx

Taivas
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I feel you. I have terrible anxiety over this. It's almost at OCD levels for me. A long time ago I sent the wrong person an email and it is one of the most horrible feelings you could ever have ESPECIALLY if you said not such nice things about THEM and then sent it to THEM. Nice one! Yes, I did that. It taught me a hard lesson. I have weird obsessive problems over making SURE I did things write or have my papers or that things are orgainzed right, just little things but yeah... clicking the wrong button I could not handle.

Yeah you all know it also happened to me just recently!!
My pp answered and it made him feel terribly bad that I made a mistake, because now he thinks I have a more awesome friendship with another pp and that he is just boring. It is really annoying! Sometimes when you refresh JPay or change of page it automatically changes the receiver, too! And THAT is incredibly awful...

RaineDancer
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Indiana also seems to be implementing jPay kiosks, for use in facilities, FYI.

Earthmother
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I too have a penpal that has been nudging me towards jpay, but it seems the others don't have it, so I'm not sure if I want to bother with it. He said of course it is up to me but it is cheaper for him if I do it, and I really do enjoy our correspondence. Can you buy one "stamp" at a time? He said something about $12, but I'd prefer since I'm writing several not to buy a "book" of stamps just for one inmate at this time.

If he is the one paying for his share of the correspondence, then yes, Jpay will be cheaper for him than sending snail mail - especially since the cost of stamps in the USA recently increased.

As far as I know, you can't buy one Jpay stamp at a time, and the actual cost will vary depending on what state the inmate is located.

Earthmother
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I have my OWN Jpay question and need your thoughts/advice:
One of the guys I have been writing snail mail, has been 'nudging me' to get a Jpay account and write him via that. He is a bad typer (2 fingers), but has started taking a typing class (he says), so he can become skilled in typing (which is, I agree, a necessary skill since he'll hopefully be paroled in the fall of next year). It'll be faster, he says, but I think he also expects me to pay for his correspondence back to me with the free stamp (since all his 'spare' pay is going toward saving up for jogging sneakers). LOL

The problem is that he is not getting his OWN Jp4 player... he says that his celly only uses his for music, and is willing to let my penpal use his for mail, and so he can (supposedly) set up his own password to use the keyboard. All well and good. EXCEPT that he would need ME to register on Jpay using his celly's name and prison number, and I question whether that is wise and/or legal for either of us? While I doubt I'd ever put any money into this guy's account - it's a bit annoying to feel like I should fund our correspondence! - I do see the possibility of fraud, being the pessimistic person I am!

I have my own thoughts about doing this / not doing this.... but wonder how others think? THANKS!!! (as always in advance)

I'd stick with leaving that possible can of worms firmly sealed shut. Besides, he doesn't need to use his cellie's Jp4 player - he can line up at the kiosks with everyone else.

Just tell him that you're only able to commit to snail mail for the time being. If he writes less as a result or hassles you about it further, then have a nice little browse through some of the other 9000 possible pen pal candidates waiting for someone to write.

Earthmother
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Aalright, you helped the Original Poster of this threat so well that I ask my JPay question in this threat as well. I am wondering if the persons who send email every day or a few times a week always send a free stamp along with their email??

I do, but only because I choose to do so and can afford to do so (especially since I buy Washington stamps :) ) but there is no requirement to do so - it's a matter of personal choice and comfort level. As long as you feel you aren't being taken advantage of or doing something against your will, go with what you want to do :)

Earthmother
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Telford is a state prison. He does have Jpay in as much as he can receive letters via that route. However, as Febmoon has stated, Texas state inmates get a print out of any Jpays delivered to them at regular mail calls, and do not themselves have any access to Jpay kiosks. Texas state prison inmates reply to Jpay messages via snail mail...and as you have not put your address in the Jpay message you sent, there isn't any way the inmate can respond to you...so unless you send another Jpay with your address included, then waiting for a response from him will be an exercise in futile patience :rollinglaugh:

You could email him again, provide your address and make it clear that all correspondence from your end will be done via Jpay - if this is a person with whom you really would like to establish a friendship.

If ability to electronically correspond is your priority, then contact an inmate in Washington state prisons, or Michigan perhaps? Or Ohio. Inmates in those states generally have the ability to reply via email, provided they have adequate funds to do so.

februarymoon
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I'm thinking he is in close custody. Clallam Bay?

IMU is the hole and they have no kiosk access, I believe.

chizlit
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Jpay question

Hello, I'm new here so please be gentle with me if this question is stupid! I've written to someone in Texas using Jpay, don't really understand how it works or even if he's got the email as I never heard back from him as yet.
I'm wondering do I first have to write him a physical snail mail letter and give him by email details or what? I really do not want to start a normal letter writing process, I only want to do it via email.
Also is Corrlinks basically the same, as I wrote to someone today and have no real clue how it's meant to work!

Thanks for any help/advice.

Edited by: chizlit on Jul 28 2014 - 8:08am Reason: Imported from old database.