I think new users should, by default, receive email notifications of PMs, rather than have to find this for themselves after not noticing they have private messages.
"Forum Actions --> Edit Profile --> General Settings ... then make sure you check "Receive Email Notification of new Private Messages"."
When I was a new user I didn't see PMs for quite a while because I assumed this feature was on by default (and I'm a relative newbie to a forum this active).
Just a suggestion... Thanks. - Ian