Continuing the discussion from Admins can clearly see all private messages of all users:
Since I apparently made a mistake by calling this a bug (sorry!) I’ll make another attempt and try real hard not to get my topic insta-closed by categorizing this as a “feature”, I guess? (There’s no “security” category.)
So it turns out that the above concerns were already raised, discussed, and agreed as something to be done in this also-locked the discussion Impersonation and reading private messages:
Unfortunately … the topic above drifted, and was locked after changes resulting in moderators no longer having access to private messages. Sadly it seems nothing was ever addressed regarding the auditing issue for admins (the original concern in the topic above).
I’m hopeful that other people (especially the gatekeepers) still strongly agree on this necessity, as much as they did last year before the topic was locked. But I don’t understand how this issue can stay on the TODO radar if it keeps getting pushed down the stack by closing off conversation about it, and thus my attempt to (re-)raise it.