[Forum] Private messages

There’s a few reasons.

First, we don’t want you plotting against us (just kidding).

Second, there’s going to be a time where someone tells us they are being harassed via PM.

Then, because admins have the power to read private messages, we would read your private messages to check on said harassment.

At that point, everyone will realize we have the power to read your dirty nasty private messages, and flip out.

I don’t like the idea of having the power to read anyone’s PMs. Also don’t like the idea of any other admins having the power to read your PMs. So, we’ve simply removed the feature altogether (except, admins can PM you and you can PM them back if they do, so that is one exception).

We did think about making sure it was obvious that we could read your PMs, perhaps in and around the PM area. But, we also know how none of you read the other alerts / warnings we put anywhere at all, so decided this wouldn’t be good enough.

tl;dr we can read your PMs and dealing with the privacy issues around that is too much responsibility and liability.