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are private messages really private?


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davit

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Using forums, are private messages really private, or can they be read by anyone with administartive access.
I am not a webmaster but i couldnt find anywhere else to ask this here and believe you guys could help. I have wondered about this for a while but am asking it in refernece to a websitetollbox forum. Other places i have communicated via pm are not so much concern as i trust the professionalism taken by the owners.
Thanks for the help.
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pm's can be read by anyone pretty easily. i just don't know and don't care how or why
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A ethical forum administrator will not read PM's unless there is a concern or valid reason to do so.

Any forum program using a database has the ability to see every single thing that goes on there.

Again, a ethical forum admin won't read them unless there is a very good reason to do so.
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thanks thenotch, that's kind of how i felt. Reading the pm wouldn't be a problem if there was a reason to do so, aslong as the information was not taken/stolen for their own advantage. I suppose its then just about making a judgement as to whether this could happen. The forum in question has asked me to become a moderator and i am considering this, but dont know the management very well. I do not for one minute believe the admins will trespass delibrately or intentionally, i just wondered about this part of the forum.

Thanks for your help guys
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In normal administrative options, No. All the major forums do not let you do that through a cp. BUT! There ARE mods that let you do that.
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A good rule of thumb is to never say or suggest anything in a PM that you would not post in the open forum.
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that's what aim is for
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