Regarding Private Messaging
If anyone cares to download a copy of VB Forum Software, you will see that there is no option to read private messages in any admin screen, the only way I know to read others PM's is when people send them to me... It's that simple!
I have better things to do on the site than to read PM's, don't get into the thought provoking tosh that's been discussed in my absence, what I can see if I choose to look hard enough are links sent from/through AO whether they were added to threads, PM,s or Profile areas, these not only come up on my stat programs once clicked, it will also give me the referring page (which also has a member user id no.). Its how we catch quite a few people. If I was desperate for more info, I could also query the DB field for links as this part of the DB is not encrypted, which is how I re-verified who sent what links.
I hope that this clarifies the situation!
No PM's are readable or read by any staff at AO whether they are Admin or Moderator, however, I still wouldn't advise sending personal information as its not a SSL Socketed page and a such deemed unsafe from outsiders.
However, I suppose if I knew everyone's passwords (These are not displayed to any Mod or Admin BTW) I could log into your account , but where do you stop the propaganda.
Thought you should know!