Quoted from blondetall:
Fun fact... Robin never pointed it out to me, and therefore I declare it Private Message.
I'm going to see if I can get him to post here just to clarify things, but I think it is like 4 AM in Robinland so we'll have to wait until he's awake and I can catch him long enough. I'm just going to tell you that there's no way that I can access anyone's PMs and never have been able to.
If the other mods can, that is certainly news to me and I will file a discrimination lawsuit.
We don't read your PMs. Robin doesn't read your PMs. He's not Facebook, and frankly...none of you are interesting enough for me to care what you write in PMs. (Kidding....in all honesty, none of us have the power, nor do we want it).
The confusion appears to be in relation to an incident a long, long time ago.
A long time ago, we had a mod that kind of went...."off the rails." He sent some threatening PMs to another user, and basically had a meltdown. The threatened user forwarded those PMs to Robin, to make him aware of the situation. Robin acted.
The mod (still in the middle of a meltdown) started a thread talking about how Robin reads all the PMs...because I mean....how else would anyone know that he was threatening other users??
(Spoiler alert....it's not because Robin was digging through PMs).
So, PMs are private. However, if you want to threaten or harass another user via PM...understand that those PMs could be forwarded to Robin or another Mod. (And that's the only way we ever get to read your PMs).
I'm kind of bummed that because of that incident, history has been rewritten to say that we read your PMs. We don't have those capabilities, and we don't want them.
Hopefully this clears things up.