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  • #16
    Thanks Terry. No I was not thinking here so much as the other 12 forums I got perma-banned from..............just kidding. But yes, at another forum it seemed odd that some stuff came up that was along the lines of what some of us had been discussing. The timing was suspicious. I just wondered. But thanks for clearing it up.

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    • #17
      Thanks Terry. No I was not thinking here so much as the other 12 forums I got perma-banned from..............just kidding. But yes, at another forum it seemed odd that some stuff came up that was along the lines of what some of us had been discussing. The timing was suspicious. I just wondered. But thanks for clearing it up.


      It's the same for all vBulletin powered forums, I'm sure.

      T.
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      • #18
        It could be different with other software, too.

        There are even some BB's around with homegrown code and, of course, if you are writing the code, you can write it any way you want.

        (That said, the complexity of mature BB software is pretty much crushing. I started to write my own BB in the late 90s and, so, looked around at existing software and then installed one package that seemed really well written. As I prowled through tens of thousands of lines of code in many scores, maybe hundreds of modules, I started thinking that that was a wheel that did not require reinventing. At least not by me.)
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        • #19
          Yeah that particular admin is very nifty with code and all. He wrote his own iPhone app for that forum and well, that's small pataters...... he is a computer nerd, geek whizkid. He created the place for two financiers from the ground up so I am sure they have all sorts of "ways". Mt admin friend says not, so I will take him at his word......... but somehow it seems to me this is something that is possible.

          Terry, are there actual internet fair use laws in place to protect people's privacy as regards use of a forum/bulletin board? In other words, when you utilize one BB software or another, is the administrator made aware of these and use is contingent on obeying the laws?

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          • #20
            We can't see members' passwords. We can change members' passwords. The field appears blank to us until we type one in. We can see and change members' email addresses.

            We can't see PMs unless someone reports a PM. So if you send a PM to someone and they press REPORT, pretty much all of us see what you wrote them verbatim.

            And we really don't care if you "talk smack" about us.

            Threats would be an exception, of course.

            Terry D.


            And you can see deleted and/or altered posts. I mean you can see what was modified. But I know super mods can see quite a bit. I was a mod on Tascam forums long time ago. I could care less about people's information unless they became a true problem member who only wanted to troll. And it takes a special sort of mod when you're dealing with quirky artists. But I know there are some creepy mods out there... of course there are. We all take a chance on forums that the mods will be cool and discreet, so we choose the forums we participate in with some thought, hopefully. I was very discreet as a mod. Well I am as a person anyway.

            I'm out there over the top with my posts sometimes I know that, but what I mean is I will never reveal anything someone has told me in private or just something I know about them that they don't even know I know, even if we have a falling out. That's just me. I will kid and tease around with anyone who kids and teases around on a forum, on facebook, etc. But when someone feels comfortable enough to put trust in you and share something about themselves they wouldn't announce on a pubic area or on the phone, whatever... that's a sacred trust and you take it to your grave.
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            • #21
              Terry, are there actual internet fair use laws in place to protect people's privacy as regards use of a forum/bulletin board? In other words, when you utilize one BB software or another, is the administrator made aware of these and use is contingent on obeying the laws?


              I don't know what the law is. I do know that HC has a privacy policy posted somewhere, but strangely I was unable to find it just now. Maybe it's past my bedtime.

              As for admins reading private messages, obviously an admin could simply change anyone's password and log into their account, then read their private messages if they hadn't deleted them. I don't think anyone here would do that, we have a pretty good crew.

              On any forum it's probably a good idea to delete private messages after reading, and an even better idea to not put anything in a PM you wouldn't want to see in the newspaper or on your wife's desk later.

              Terry D.

              P.S. Keep in mind that a secret is no longer a secret when two or more people know it, which is the case once you've pressed SEND on your PM.
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              • #22
                And you can see deleted and/or altered posts. I mean you can see what was modified. But I know super mods can see quite a bit. I was a mod on Tascam forums long time ago. I could care less about people's information unless they became a true problem member who only wanted to troll. And it takes a special sort of mod when you're dealing with quirky artists. But I know there are some creepy mods out there... of course there are. We all take a chance on forums that the mods will be cool and discreet, so we choose the forums we participate in with some thought, hopefully. I was very discreet as a mod. Well I am as a person anyway.

                I'm out there over the top with my posts sometimes I know that, but what I mean is I will never reveal anything someone has told me in private or just something I know about them that they don't even know I know, even if we have a falling out. That's just me. I will kid and tease around with anyone who kids and teases around on a forum, on facebook, etc. But when someone feels comfortable enough to put trust in you and share something about themselves they wouldn't announce on a pubic area or on the phone, whatever... that's a sacred trust and you take it to your grave.
                Mods here can see deleted posts, but they can't see a revision history. I'm pretty sure VB doesn't keep revision history (aside from that provided by standard system backups which is a whole different thing. And by that I mean the kind of detailed versioning of posts that Facebook now does that you can look at by clicking on the 'Edited' link.)

                No doubt there are creepy mods out there, but, you know, after a while, you've seen it all and heard it all and you just want your forum to run right and not have a bunch of flame wars. (Or maybe it's the kind of forum that thrives on them. But in a work-oriented forum they keep others from getting things done. And they are supremely annoying to try to deal with as a mod, since they are almost certainly going to make you ticked off with both sides.)


                With regard to the law, of course, there are all kinds of privacy laws in all kinds of jurisdictions. Probably the number one legal issue is the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of a given site, as these form a contract between the site/operators and users. That said, we suspect that just as precious few end users probably really read Terms of Service agreements, if your enterprise doesn't have in-house legal staff, chances are you as a business person are probably going to be giving short shrift to 10,000 word TOS agreements attached to 'free' or business-consumer software. Show of hands: how many of you business/side-business owners have read the Quicken TOS, if you use that software? I rest my case.
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