We don't have 'private' messages. The closest we have is 'purple mooseages'. This is where you send a message to one other individual, and it is made available for all of the staff to see too, so they can forward it to their co-workers for a good laugh. ..."
This is presented in a humerous framework almost as though it is a joke and not true.
And so I don't think many people understand this;
Is this actually true or a joke that once a PM is sent it is not privately sent to the recipient only, but that the 'staff' here can actually read them too should they decide too?
Please don't wrap the answer to this up in a confusing humorous framework.
People should know absolutely if mods have access to PMs. I thought that was just some not so good attempt at trying to be funny.
If mods really do, and this is not funny then it is so misleading as to almost be criminal and it should be changed and made clear that the PMs are absolutely NOT private and mods can read them.
That is so odd and unbelievable that it should not have been the intertwined with am attempt at humor.
I have thought it was just a joke the whole time I've been a member until recently
Not very cool imo. And I think most other members here would agree to that.
Respectfully, as I see it, the admins/mods on this forum have made it perfectly clear that there are NO completely private communications on this site. They have couched it in playful terms to "be nice" and maintain the tone of the site, but there is no lack of clarity.
If you want full privacy, there are many other options you can pursue. Ain't freedom grand?
You have to realize that there are trolls and scoundrels probing a site like this at all times. The admins have a responsibility to protect the integrity of the site, its members, its reputation and mission, and potentially to protect against liability.
Think of it this way: we're all having a grand party on Mr. Wheaton's back porch. But if push comes to shove, and things turn nasty, it's still private property. We can, and should, be kicked to the curb if we can't behave like civilized human beings.
I think the purple moosage message is clear. Very clear. I am baffled there you find even a pinch of it unclear.
Purple Moosages are not private. The staff can look at them whenever they like.
We used to have problems with awful stuff being sent in PMs - so many, many different flavors of awful. And nobody wanted to go look because they used to be called "private messages". So the awful grew exponentially. So we changed everything over to "purple mooseages" and cleaned it all up.
If you want a private conversation - go to email. I no longer want to facilitate private messages.