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Reading Private messages

Post by koimaster » September 25th 2018, 4:27pm

I had a now banned member accuse me of reading private messages. Under no circumstances can I or anyone else including Dion who maintains the site, read the messages of a member. This is not watchgeeks nor a couple of other sites I know about. Although the post below is from 2008, it is still how the software is designed.

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I want nothing to do with a website where my PM's can be read while the owner claims his members have total privacy
I am quite willing to have anyone with BBs experience confirm that no such mod is installed and Dion is free to confirm it.



Can Admin Read User's PMs?

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... 4&t=709155

A site book mod for Google and a user merge mod that is uninstalled which was to merge users who had multiple accounts because they forgot their password or whatever. To be able to read the private(emphasis on Private) messages of a forum member you would need a special mod to be installed. We do not have that here and never will. This came about because the now banned member decided to throw a hissy fit in a private message which a couple of members forwarded to me. When I mentioned this prior to banning this person for this and other things, the individual tried playing the "betrayed by members" and blame game.

Mr. Bipolar pulled this stunt
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Re: Reading Private messages

Post by bobbee » September 25th 2018, 11:58pm

I was told the mods could read pm's at WUS, and at first didn't believe it. After having a thread post replied to by a moderator who used part of my pm to another member from the day before, I'm pretty sure they can.

I visited the link you use, and in the thread is this link: https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... 10&start=0
I noticed there were many people using the pm reading app, and also there were fourteen other guests visiting the thread while I was reading it.
This appears to show that many sites are possibly still using the pm reader app.

"I may be paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?" :D

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I don't think you read pm's koi, don't worry about it too much! ;)
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Re: Reading Private messages

Post by koimaster » September 26th 2018, 8:18am

bobbee wrote:I was told the mods could read pm's at WUS, and at first didn't believe it. After having a thread post replied to by a moderator who used part of my pm to another member from the day before, I'm pretty sure they can.

I visited the link you use, and in the thread is this link: https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... 10&start=0
I noticed there were many people using the pm reading app, and also there were fourteen other guests visiting the thread while I was reading it.
This appears to show that many sites are possibly still using the pm reader app.

"I may be paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?" :D

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I don't think you read pm's koi, don't worry about it too much! ;)


I knew the folks at WG were reading PMs after they threatened Alan Larkin for using the PM system to let folks know he was starting a forum. I knew WUS was using it years ago when I received an email at my personal account from Rick the bitch Mearia from Doxa accusing me of stirring up trouble about Doxa. I had saved the email as a draft so they were monitoring certain users and getting notices whenever they wrote, sent or saved a PM. I will repeat that no one can read a private message on this forum except the parties involved with the message.

The statement made by the now banned mortuus was made to poison the well which is why I posted it and addressed it.
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Re: Reading Private messages

Post by koimaster » September 26th 2018, 3:40pm

bobbee wrote:I think I missed that one.


Mortuus, who is now banned at this site accused me of reading private messages which is complete bullshit and then accused some folks who shared a private message insulting me of betraying him.

Gentlemen:

Our fearless leader has seen fit to strip me of my "Master of Time" ranking and relisted me as a "senior member." And the funniest thing about it is that I've no clue as to why Mr. Bipolar pulled this stunt... (He also took away my founder title and admin status over at WL.) I know it doesn't mean anything in the big scheme of the universe, but I was proud of those things, dammit, and haven't a clue as to the petty workings of that permanent man-child's mind that led to my being defrocked over here...when does the chickenshit end? With me losing my asshat status? THAT, I could NEVER forgive, I'm afraid...



And, finally:

So now you can intercept PM's, huh? Well congratulations to you, Alain; you win the Sentaor Joe McCarthy Award for Paranoia... And if you CAN'T intercept them, then one of the recipients of the PM has betrayed me.



And no, I will repeat one last time, absolutely no one can read private messages between parties unless they are forwarded by the writer or recipients.
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Post by Hawk » September 26th 2018, 7:16pm

kevco wrote:Reminds me of how we got the Japanese to confirm we had broken their code at the time of Midway.

Might not make sense to most but 'AF running low on water" might have some meaning to some.


Craig Symonds in Battle of Midway suggested they actually loaded up some desalinization gear and sent it on its way to support the occupation of Midway. Symonds published in 2011 and offered what I took to be some new insights - he tended to run crossgrain to the previous accounts which suggested that the outcome was improbable if not a downright "miracle". Rather it was the logical result of errors, coincidence, decisions made and intelligence gathered.

Still I would not envy any American flying a torpedo bomber during the battle.
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Re: Reading Private messages

Post by koimaster » July 17th 2019, 4:05pm

Fond memories that some banned member must miss after accusing me of being able to read private messages.

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As an aside to this, the PMs of members at the dead watchgeek forum were always able to be read after a hack was installed soon after the place went live. It is how they knew who were WL members, who had questions about the "truth" admins told and how members who wanted to join either Watchlords or the old Alan Larkin forum were discovered and in some cases threatened.
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Re: Reading Private messages

Post by Hawk » July 18th 2019, 9:25pm

Another memory pressed lovingly into the pages of time
(c) Conjurer - 2017

For someone who claimed a fair amount of IT expertise it seemed to me he had all he could handle reading his own PMs.
And the fact I'm still living rent free in his head makes me grin and giggle.
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Re: Reading Private messages

Post by conjurer » July 18th 2019, 10:33pm

Hawk wrote:Another memory pressed lovingly into the pages of time
(c) Conjurer - 2017


Thanks for the attribution, Mr. Hawk, but I lifted that line from George MacDonald Fraser, from one of his fine Flashman novels--I forget which one. Indeed, I stole the whole Dirtbox idea from the Flashman books.

My dad introduced me to these novels lo these many years ago. The conceit of the idea is that the books are the unpublished memoirs of Field Marshal Harry Flashman, a character that Fraser himself stole from the novel Tom Brown's School Days, published by Thomas Hughes in 1857. Set in a Victorian era English private school, Tom Brown was the standup flower of British boyhood--to paraphrase Dirtbox--and Flashman was the surly bully, who ends up being expelled from the school for drunkenness and loutish behavior. Fraser rescued the character and presented his story, told in first person, through every major military and social horror of the Victorian period. Flashman fights in Afghanistan, the Indian mutiny, the charge of the Light Brigade; he even meets a young Abe Lincoln and is partially scalped at the Little Bighorn. Through all this carnage Flashman is an unapologetic bully, coward, womanizer, drunkard, and all-around cad. His only talents, as he himself states, are horsemanship, languages and fornication. Only through sheer chance and luck does Flashman rise to become a lord and a field marshal. For all those who appreciate fine comic literature and extremely good history, check these books out.

Thread veer finished.
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Post by Hawk » July 19th 2019, 8:06am

A thread veer perhaps but, in addition to Cecils being almost a goal at this forum we love so much, a most timely one as I had some expiring credits at Audible. Seems they have the full collection which is handy as I'm at that awkward stage where Corriea is preoccupied, John Burdett's latest is on pre-order, Shermer has nothing further to add, I've cherry-picked Stephen Leather to death, I've had all the economic texts I can endure for the moment, Churchill is unlikely to add to his body of work and McDonald's inadvertent 1960s misogyny has run its course.

I've had great results following advice when one author recommends another author. I look forward to acquainting myself with Dirtbox's genesis.

Check out the sample - they may even have found a plausible narrator.

https://www.audible.com/search?keywords=flashman&ref=
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Re: Reading Private messages

Post by conjurer » July 19th 2019, 9:48am

I should mention that Flashman's outlook was decidedly Victorian, and so his writing (or, more precisely, Fraser's writing) is extremely un-PC. In other words, listen on earphones rather than in a car full of people over the stereo.

It should also be noted that Fraser was a fine historian; his book The Steel Bonnets was probably the genesis of many historical bodice-rippers over the decades. He also served in the British army in Burma during WWII, and his memoirs, Quarted Safe Out Here, is one of the finest autobiographies of a common soldier during this time.
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