- Feb 18, 2007
OK, out of the blue: does SMF allow administrators to read PMs on the board?
Not by default, and there are no mods on the official site to do so. I'm sure someone will build a mod, but you'll need to track it down elsewhere.
I can understand some of the ethical concerns, but sometimes it might be necessary like when you have a member accused of harassment via PM or members exchanging personal information on other members behind their back. It's not pretty, but if you're an administrator, it's somewhat of a necessity. Just tell your users you have the capability of doing it and what situations will bring it on. I've had too many "he said, she said" messes.
Most of the time (99%?), the "report PM to admins" feature will work perfectly fine. A user can't edit the contents of what they forward, so you'll get an unadulterated copy. The few times otherwise, a quick look in the database can get you the information you need.