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[3.0.0 beta 5] Read your members Private Messages
Mod Version: 1.00, by Floris (Member) Floris is offline
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vB Version: 3.0.0 Rating: (3 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 137
Released: 04 Jan 2004 Last Update: Never Downloads: 122
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* Users tested this on beta 5,6,7,gamma,rc1 and didn't complain about errors *

/*======================================================================*\
|| This IS the First vB3 Hack (PM.PHP)
|| Description: Allow Super Administrators to read Private Messages
||
|| Author : Scott (
[email protected]) (version 1.0 for beta 3)
|| SideKick : Xiphoid (
[email protected]) (version 1.1 for beta 5)
||
|| Install : Upload to admincp/ folder and in browser run as
||
http://www.yoursite.com/forum/admincp/pm.php?userid=x
\*======================================================================*/

ENJOY
(and thank you Scott)

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  #2  
Old 04 Jan 2004, 02:03
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Link14716 Link14716 is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Real name: Matthew Gordon
Oh the chaos this hack will cause. Not only will people scream about the privacy bull++++, but now you're releasing a beta 5 hack at vB.org? Oh the humanity...
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 02:33
MGM MGM is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Real name: Bara
agreed, i saw this at vb.nl but didnt install it

nice hack though

MGM out
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  #4  
Old 04 Jan 2004, 02:51
DuffMan DuffMan is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Originally Posted by Link14716
but now you're releasing a beta 5 hack at vB.org? Oh the humanity...
He does say it's compatible with Betas 5, 6, 7, Gamma, and RC1...

Nice hack, but unless my members are secretly organizing a rebellion through PMs I don't really have a need for it right now.
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 02:59
The Quibbler The Quibbler is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Oh, my. I find that almost too powerful to the administrator, for the privacy issues. Nevertheless, I installed it, just to try it out. Don't know if I'll keep it; I may consider un-installing... but either way, nice hacking.
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 03:14
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Chris Gwynne Chris Gwynne is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Well nobody will know you have it installed, but you could have it there just incase.

Great hack floris.
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 03:35
wolfman wolfman is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Well truth be known, you can just view the PMs in the database, but this just makes it much easier to do. Also some people say you should/need to include this fact in the signup so that they can not say they have not been warned.

Though personally people should never ever think that once they type something out on the net in any way should be thought of as "private" in any way. I would suggest changing the name from "Private Message" to "Message" or something else that does not lead people to think "Private"

I have had need of this before on my forum, a user was sending requests for warez and other less than desirable things. I was able to see messages and was able to take actions needed.
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 03:48
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Serge Serge is offline
 
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Just a side note to remind everyone that you have to be Super Administrators to get this hack working which means that any old administrator will not be able to view the PMs only the ones defined inside the config.php file will be able to view.
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 04:09
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Koutaru Koutaru is offline
 
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Real name: Julie
I will never use this hack for evil
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 09:19
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Floris Floris is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Hi there everybody:

Beta hack:
Because it works with rc1, I think I can post it. Also, who cares for which version I release a hack.

Privacy:
This has been discussed, if you don't need it: Don't use it!
I personally think none of the messages on a forum are private, because they are stored plain text in the database. I really like it how IPB calls them Personal Messages.

Having said that, it is up to the administrator of each individual forum to process the data from their members as they see fit. I don't think it requires a warning prior to registration. If a user decides to abuse the services / priveledges of a site by using the PM system to spam. The admin can use all means (tools) through the admin control panel to avoid this. They can prune pm's too, why not check up first to see if the user is really spamming and then removing the msgs. It becomes a privacy issue when the admin starts to use it to read all the msgs for personal enlightment. But either way, doing through by pulling them manually from the database in a less clear overview, or through a handy tool. I'd like to save time and use a handy tool (when I check up on spammers).

Regardless;
Thank you for the feedback and enjoy the hack.
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  #11  
Old 04 Jan 2004, 13:38
wolfman wolfman is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Originally Posted by Serge
Just a side note to remind everyone that you have to be Super Administrators to get this hack working which means that any old administrator will not be able to view the PMs only the ones defined inside the config.php file will be able to view.

Thats nice to know
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  #12  
Old 04 Jan 2004, 22:15
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FASherman FASherman is offline
 
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Word of caution for US site owners: Using this hack unless you have already warned your users that their PMs are subject to monitoring and can confirm through some type of checkbox that you timestamp and save in the database indicate that they are aware and agree to the monitoring would be a violation of Federal Law under the Electronic Security Act.

Just the act of reading their PMs alone opens you up to both criminal and civil litigation. Under the criminal code, you can go to prision for up to 5 years. If you run your forums on your own hardware, it will be confiscated. On the civil litigation, you can be held liable for up to $50,000 per PM you read.

Is it worth it?
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 22:39
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Weasel Weasel is offline
 
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Originally Posted by FASherman
Word of caution for US site owners: Using this hack unless you have already warned your users that their PMs are subject to monitoring and can confirm through some type of checkbox that you timestamp and save in the database indicate that they are aware and agree to the monitoring would be a violation of Federal Law under the Electronic Security Act.

Just the act of reading their PMs alone opens you up to both criminal and civil litigation. Under the criminal code, you can go to prision for up to 5 years. If you run your forums on your own hardware, it will be confiscated. On the civil litigation, you can be held liable for up to $50,000 per PM you read.

Is it worth it?
You should probably point out if you are not a lawyer and your occupation has nothing to do with law.
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 22:48
wolfman wolfman is offline
 
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Originally Posted by FASherman
Word of caution for US site owners: Using this hack unless you have already warned your users that their PMs are subject to monitoring and can confirm through some type of checkbox that you timestamp and save in the database indicate that they are aware and agree to the monitoring would be a violation of Federal Law under the Electronic Security Act.

Just the act of reading their PMs alone opens you up to both criminal and civil litigation. Under the criminal code, you can go to prision for up to 5 years. If you run your forums on your own hardware, it will be confiscated. On the civil litigation, you can be held liable for up to $50,000 per PM you read.

Is it worth it?

Well this is something that is up for debate and as for me I will be installing this hack as it is just making what I can do already easier to do.

I will say this again, if anyone actually thinks anything they type that is not encrypted is private than they are smart enough to give out their credit card numbers to everyone and still feel protected.
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Old 04 Jan 2004, 23:57
MLBCenter MLBCenter is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
I feel the same way as Floris and will be installing this hack.
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