I never sent you a private message. Our communication was public on the forum (which is good because others might benefit from this information).
You are correct, I forgot to mention you need to click on your name after you click on your avatar.
The difference between Notifications and Messages, is that Notifications comes from the forum (public), and Messages is private. Here is a lengthy explanation:
Remember when you asked me about which reply button to click when you replied to a private message? I told you that it did not matter in this case (a private message).
But it does matter if you are posting on the forum. On the forum, if you click on the blue “reply” button, you are posting to the thread but not specifically to a certain post within the thread. On the forum, if you click on the grey “reply” button, you are posting a specific answer to the member’s post immediately above that specific grey “reply” button. You will notice that all posts have grey “reply” buttons, but there is only one blue “reply” button in a thread and it is at the end of all the posts. All replies done on the forum are public.
When I replied to your post on the forum, I tried to remember to click on the grey “reply” button, which then sends you a Notification that I specifically replied to your post. Therefore, the difference between Messages and Notifications is when someone sends you a private message, then you will find that message on your Message screen. And when someone replies to your post (public) on the forum and they click on the grey “reply” button, you get a Notification.
Also in your Notifications are notifications that you have received a private message, and notifications that you have received a like (heart) and notifications that you have earned some sort of pre-set goals …don’t ask, I don’t know.