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September 23, 2014, 08:13:10 PM
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Hi,

I have some questions and would like to get answers as clear as possible from admins, moderators.

1. Who can read members PM? (admins yes, but what about staff and moderators?)

2. who can ban user?

3. who controls ones that ban users? What if user was banned for stupid reason or even for money or favor to someone?

 

Hope my questions get answered.


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September 23, 2014, 08:33:06 PM
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Hi,

I have some questions and would like to get answers as clear as possible from admins, moderators.

1. Who can read members PM? (admins yes, but what about staff and moderators?)

2. who can ban user?

3. who controls ones that ban users? What if user was banned for stupid reason or even for money or favor to someone?

1) Only admins but quite possibly only theymos
2) I think only global mods/admins. Staff can 'nuke' newbies.
3) theymos. Unlikely to happen but if it was found out they abused their position in such away I'm almost certain they'll get de-modded.

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September 23, 2014, 09:26:52 PM
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3. who controls ones that ban users? What if user was banned for stupid reason or even for money or favor to someone?
I doubt any staff (global moderators) would ban someone for a bribe because they get paid more than what most people would come up with.

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September 24, 2014, 12:51:29 AM
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1. theymos and Stefan Thomas have db access, and at least some of the former admins can decrypt forum backups (not sure if they have access to newer backups, and not sure if BadBear has access to unencrypted ones too).

edit: just found the post I was looking for:

In another thread you said that database dumps can be downloaded by other admins, but only you, Gavin, Satoshi and Sirius can decrypt them.
What does "direct database access" refer to? Any admin can query the db directly and e.g. dump it and/or read PMs?

It's not about ST being an admin now; it's just a general question which popped up in my mind when I read this announcement.

Global moderators can download the encrypted database backups. Admins and past admins (Gavin, Satoshi, Sirius, me, and now justmoon) can decrypt them -- they therefore have complete access to the database and can read PMs, etc. Justmoon and I can also query the live database.

2. Global mods and admins can ban all users, other mods can only ban (nuke) newbies.

3. Admins. If a user was banned erroneously, the ban can be rescinded. I don't think mods are offered bribes big enough to even hesitate for a moment Smiley The highest amount someone (connected to a mining manufacturer) offered me to ban someone was $10k and I declined.
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