I think its just a personal preference, but i think it would work wonders for trulia. Also as consumers would be able to communicate with other members without having to show there email addresses. These are private messages. There is a Vcard section were you can turn it off or on if you want someone to be able to download your email.
Since I do not participate on any other board, I am unfamiliar w/ other options. I do know that you can privately contact people who post on Trulia, if they set it up to accept email messages on their profiles. I have communicated w/ people via the contact me option on the profile. It seems you may be talking about something different that that. Would not the contact me option suffice for your needs? It's a question, because I really am unfamiliar w/ what options may exist.
This is Vicky from Trulia. Thank you so much for your feedback. Private communication within Trulia is a great idea and is something we are considering to provide in the future.
Currently, if someone emails you by clicking on the â€˜contact meâ€™ link on your profile, they will not see your email address. Your email address will be visible to them only if you decide to reply to this email. This way we are protecting your privacy and giving you the choice to disclose your email address only if you wish to.
We are very excited to hear ideas/suggestions from you, so can improve Voices based on your needs and bring the most value in your everyday lives!