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    Default Question... Are private messages on ANY forum really private?

    This question is just about ANY forum. What level is moderator access? Not talking about hacking by outside individuals.

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    There is a hack available from v-bulletin that allows staff to read PMs. We do not have it installed here. I know for a fact that gunsnet does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7.62x39 View Post
    There is a hack available from v-bulletin that allows staff to read PMs. We do not have it installed here. I know for a fact that gunsnet does.
    Thanks for your honesty. I got to thinking (always trouble) about insider trading and unintentional leaks of information.

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    I can tell you that even from an administrator standpoint, we just plain don't do it, and don't allow it. Just don't give out your password and you're perfectly safe.

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    OK GUYS BACK TO PMING CRAP ABOUT ALL THE MODERATORS

    There is a hack available from v-bulletin that allows staff to read PMs. We do not have it installed here. I know for a fact that gunsnet does.
    private should mean private if I found out guys were looking at my messages Id be pretty pissed.

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    but I already got willies password!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sprat and sprat1 are one and the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1biggun View Post
    OK GUYS BACK TO PMING CRAP ABOUT ALL THE MODERATORS



    private should mean private if I found out guys were looking at my messages Id be pretty pissed.
    The NSA does, but Obama says it's OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7.62x39 View Post
    There is a hack available from v-bulletin that allows staff to read PMs. We do not have it installed here. I know for a fact that gunsnet does.

    likewise.. there is a Hack available for SMF also.........


    NOTHING you post on the internet is actually private. If you send it out or let it in on the net..... people can see it.


    from an Admin point of view? you never want to have this type of hack on you site or have access to peoples PM's.. its a liability thing. think about it..

    not everyone in our hobby is "nice" or "normal"... if someone/anyone from our hobby made threats in PM's & you were able to see them? & did nothing, then something horrible happens...

    what would that make "you"? accessory? accomplice? enabler?

    from a site runner/owner end: its better NOT to know.

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    not everyone in our hobby is "nice" or "normal"... if someone/anyone from our hobby made threats in PM's & you were able to see them? & did nothing, then something horrible happens...

    what would that make "you"? accessory? accomplice? enabler?

    from a site runner/owner end: its better NOT to know.
    Good point . Id be leaving any site were administrates an moderators were reading PRIVATE messages .

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    I would not put anything in a PM that I would not post in the forum openly.

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