Okay, I am personally disappointed. So-
Admins can view all personal messages/PMs on a Discourse forum.
The short version:
- Group owners are being removed and request memberships turned off, as people have been using this to create PMs.
- Old PMs are in the process of being closed.
- They are not all closed yet. But if you continue to create PMs or post in PMs, an admin can see this.
People have exploited this so much. I’m just angry, that’s all. I don’t like how much this has been exploited, and some of the things people have said assuming that THT can’t see this.
There was an earlier incident like this in 2017, where things were said about Liza, who was my mentor. I was angry about that too for a while.
I’ve reported this to Ana. I’m not going to hold judgement against any of you though.
I understand moderators and leaders haven’t always been around to uphold rules and it seems like anything goes, and sometimes you want to chill with friends. I understand you might feel embarrassed for being found out, or critical about the forum.
I’m not perfect either. We all make mistakes.
The one main thing is the risk of online safety. If there was someone of malicious intent who came and joined here, it’s possible they could persuade/lure someone off onto another site, and it’s quite possible you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart or tell they were dangerous, if they were cautious enough. (This is a real and possible danger, makes me feel sick thinking about it.)
so THT may decide if suspensions are appropriate, particularly if personal information was exchanged or ways to contact outside the forum.
Anyway thanks for listening. I’m sorry if that was a bit hard to take in.