@eeeefarm said in How to: Chatroom Basics:
So, are they private or are they not?
The reference to the "public visitor messages" would indicate the typical posts (like this one). Pretty much anybody can see them. Note: there is no way to send a post to just this person or that one. Clearly not private.
But... are the chatrooms private (or not)?
The phrase, "private message system", would refer to the chatrooms, "the same guidelines apply" refers to the "the posting rules", "courtesy", etc. (i.e.; no spam). Yes, it says it is disabled, however, I have been using it on a regular basis. In fact, I let @Redial know anytime I ban a spam account via the chatroom(s). It helps keep us on the same page.
Can the site owners read that chatroom transcripts? Sure. As an Internet Programmer, I know that the content of each chatroom has to be stored somewhere on the server. But unless there is a complaint that someone is sending spam through the chatroom, or bashing another member, or otherwise misusing it... there's no reason for the site owner to bother.
Can the moderator(s) read the chatroom transcripts? Not to my knowledge. Maybe someone with a higher clearance could, but I can not.
So, with all of that in consideration: I feel like it's a safe environment. If you want to provide an email address to someone, or continue a separate conversation, I would recommend a chatroom.
(p.s. I agree, email is not as secure as any of us would want it to be.)