Whether it’s here on the Forum or in the wider Infinite Flight Community, there has been quite an increase in replies along the lines of "DM me if you have any questions" below I’ll summarize why I have the opinion that this isn´t always a good idea:
Am I the right person to be answering ?
In many situations, there are a lot of people willing to help out by answering questions here in the Infinite Flight Community, but are you really the right person to be giving private answers? Do you have in-depth knowledge about the field in question to pass on to the person questioning?
Especially for Infinite Flight and Forum related questions there is usually no need to take things to a Direct Message since the public Topics are there to be used.
By taking further questions to a DM you are running the risk of:
A mistake on your end going unnoticed and therefore spreading false information (mistakes happen to everyone)
Often you´re not just educating one person by replying to a topic. Other Users/Members read the topic and can be saved from asking the same or a similar question. So you´re helping spread knowledge to the wider community.
On Controversial topics, different Opinions have to be taken into consideration, in a DM only one can be relayed, however, in a public topic other person can way in with their information and/or opinion.
When is it a good idea to take things to a Direct Message?
If you are 100% qualified to give an in depth and correct answer in a field you specialize in (IFATC, IFAET, IFVARB, Regulars, etc)
When a Question/Discussion is going off topic and you have the time to continue it in more detail privately.
If you are available in the near future. There isn’t much to be gained by telling someone to reach out to you shortly before you log off for the night.