"Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
"Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
"The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown
Awww... I miss DarthFriendlys humor His comments always caught my eye and made me like this forum even more - Call me mad, but I like colorfull people.
What was the reason to ban him? You gotta give us that piece of info, Mark, so we can decide wether it was fair or people are just waaay to sensitive.
P.S. About the dolphin pic. I wonder which dolphin got hurt the most. The one landing one the others nose or the others nose.
Take a walk on the wild side.
This is such sad news.
Here's the deal: some people can be wildly funny and popular publicly. And then, in private messages to individuals, they can be scary jackasses who write abusive, stalkery posts and/or threaten people. You don't know unless you're the other party, or that other party chooses to reveal their side. Assuming they're even still around.
Is that what happened in this case? Don't know. But I can guess.
It's also possible there is another party involved who isn't Darth who doesn't want the story dragged out, or other forum members ridiculing them for making an unpopular decision. There may be legal limitations. It could be that Mark just hates Sith lords. Whatever, it's his forum, his rules.
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Hey onalark, about ^^ and your previous posts about this, are you saying our PMs are not private and mods can read them, or do you mean only if someone raises it with a mod? Curious, as I have always assumed private messages are private, even if it is someone else's forum.
Not that I do anything wrong, just nice to know!
Nothing electronic is private... nothing. it can all be gotten to... the masters just have to want to look
and YES admins and mods can read your traffic and if they are doing a good job for the forum they have automatic monitors that search each message heuristically to flag for offensive or banned topics. such tools are rather cheap and extremely good at what they do.
ps. your cell phone is also being monitored. don't believe otherwise. most of the time big brother just doesnt give a flying frak about your last 10 booty calls.
People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.
That said, I rarely did this, and only with just cause. But on occasion we had someone come along whose private messages needed to be tracked because they were harassing someone or using our forums for criminal behavior (yes, really) or threatening to commit suicide and the person they were PMing was terrified and wanted us to intervene. It happens. It sucks. It's a pain in the ass to do the research and make the call. It's why I'm not volunteering to be a mod here.
Also note that private messages you send in any chat system -- including games (i.e., /sends and whispers) -- are probably being logged and visible to the staff. As a GM on an old MUD, I had access to all the private "whispers" our users would exchange. Which was usually cybersex stuff. Ugh.
And what Quelsen said. As someone who has managed these types of systems, I am all too aware that private messages are not private. I am not a paranoid person, but when I have something intensely private to say to someone, I will arrange to speak to them person-to-person, not online, not in text.
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