I’d like to point out an issue regarding privacy and DMs. I’ll explain the situation that happened, to illustrate what I mean:
I had sent a friendly DM to a moderator, to clarify my intentions behind some recent posts. Nothing serious, but the message was still personal.
The next day, I notice that an invite to all moderators had been made 10 hours before.
It turns out that, without asking for my permission, it was deemed justified to share one of my DMs—because a community member had flagged one of my posts.
I was never asked if I agreed to share the content of that DM. I just logged into my account the next day to see the DM had been shared with others.
Now, the community this happened in is normally very respectful and rational. So it’s surprising something like this happened. However, if it can happen in such a community, I’d imagine this might happen in others.
I understand that this is partly a community and moderation issue, which I have brought up with them. However, this is also partly a privacy issue, with how DMs are built, and privacy in general, so I thought it best to mention it here.
(I don’t really intend to participate in the discussion.)