XF 1.1 How to disable conversations for yourself?

We run a support forums and individuals keep started conversations with the user directly instead of posting in the forums. How can we go about allowing admins to disable conversations (not the entire forums) ? It would be also great if you can have a message something like "Please post in forums instead" when someone tries to start a conversation or looks at your profile page.


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Disallow the ability to start conversations for the user group in question and only allow staff to start conversations.