... or you can do... if you install the latest in minecraftian accessories.... the MAILBOX!
Craft yourself one of these babies, and join the wonder that is TOGPost. Like Australia post, but far more reliable
Once you make your letterbox, you can send and receive mail from other players. Not just letters, but also parcels as well!
To write a message to someone, craft a letter - A tip we discovered is that if you make a stack of letters and put stamps on the stack - all the letters in that stack will become stamped. So you save on stamps! (another tip, it lets you write your letter in the stack, but then all the letters in the stack will be the same message. If that happens, you can delete your message and the stack will go back to being an empty stack again)
The letter looks like this when you right click it in your hotbar. Just fill out the player name (Unfortunately you'll have to do this by memory and remember some people have a zero in their name, rather than a letter o), and if you want to send them any goods, just put them in the slots. Click escape or your inventory button (after clicking on somewhere not in the typing spots) to close the letter.
A letter with no attached blocks takes a 1n stamp. Each slot you use to send that player items, will need an additional 1n stamp. You can make stamps in different values (Stamps [Forestry]
To send them the letter, click your letterbox with the letter, and it will send the letter to that player. Easy! (It will come up with a message if it can't find the player (they have no mailbox yet or you didn't spell their name right)
When you have mail, a bar will pop up on the top left of your screen, letting you know someone has posted a letter to you.
Using this mail system, it is also possible to set up special trading, where you can post a letter to a trade station with a certain item attached, and the trade station will automatically send you back something via a letter. We're still working out how that might be of use for a server-wide thing (buybacks for items would be one such use)... but players can also then set up their own specialised trading using them.
When you do a trade with someone, they will get a letter notifying them of the trade. To make a trade, you send a letter to the trade station, attaching the items you need to trade (In this example, if I send in a glass block, they send back a cobble)
You toggle between sending to a player's mailbox or a trade station by clicking the $/envelope button.
This page shows the interface for the trading station - http://forestry.sengir.net/wiki/pmwi...s.TradeStation
- so in the example they use, if you sent in 5 wheat and 1 leather - the trade station would send you back 1 book. The trade station can hold stacks of items so that there are enough stocks for multiple trades.