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Offline Top Gun

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Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:06:13 PM »
I am not sure if this is the correct area of the forum to post this, but here goes.

About a year and a half ago I joined a well known korat forum. I'don't want to say the name of the forum but I will tell you that it is a copy of the original koratfarang forum. The difference being a hyphen strategically placed within the name. What I have discovered that the admin of that forum is doing and continues to do is shocking. In the past I suspected something wasn't right when I tried to log in to my account only to find that I was unable to because the forum displayed that I was already logged in. How is that possible? Some of my PM's which I had never read before were already marked as read. It didn't dawn on me on what was going on until I spoke to a fellow koratian this afternoon at a popular expat bar who is also a member of that forum and experienced the same things I did. What this person shared with me was disturbing. Apparently what the admin of that forum is doing is logging into people's accounts and going through their private messages and profile information. How is he able to do this you might ask? I will tell you how. When I originally joined his forum he assigned a password for me. It was never chosen by me or assigned to me by the forum mechanism. It was selected by the administrator and carefully put together with the initials of my first and last name and date I joined. This is how he created and assigned passwords to his new members. I was stupid enough not to change it for quite sometime which allowed him to go through every private message I had ever written along with every private message that was sent to me. Some of those private messages contained some very personal information like home addresses and phone numbers. Several inquires I sent via email to the admin were never answered. At that time I thought it would be a good idea to change my password and the problem would go away. I was wrong. I discovered today that my password was changed again sometime within the past two days because I am unable to log in. I even tried to reset my password using the forgot password function of the forum but never once received an email with a link to reset my password. I am convinced 100% that this is the doing of the admin. The admin of a forum can change any member's password then use it to log in to anyone's account. I am at a loss of words as I cannot understand why someone would do something so low as this. There is a certain element of trust when you join forums and discussion groups and are asked to provide personal information in order to create an account. When someone does something disturbing like what this admin has done it destroys the trust, faith and confidence within the community. I am mortified.

I have sent an email to that admin firmly stating to delete my account and all posts I have made or associated with me to be deleted. I won't hold my breath as I have not received a response yet and I don't expect one either.

I am making my story public because I want to warn people to be careful and hope that they don't fall victim to this as I have. If you have not changed your password on that forum do it as soon as possible. DO NOT KEEP THE PASSWORD HE ASSIGNS YOU!!!!! Be careful about any information you have saved in your private mailbox and profile. There is a wealth of personal data and information that can be collected without your knowing.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 10:57:29 PM »
There is also the possibility of pruning (deleting) messages from your account. But the messages will still be associated to the sender's or receiver's account until deleted from there as well. Better use your email account, if you have the slightest doubts about the security of your data on a small forum.
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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 07:30:51 AM »
Welcome to Korat Fart, Top Gun.

Thank you for bringing this to light. I am sure that members of that forum will read your post here and take appropriate action.

I think that the answer to your question 'Why' is 'paranoia' and 'control freak'.

I must say that, as a member of Korat Fart for several years I have never seen any abuse of the Admin. Permissions and never expect that I shall.
 

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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 08:17:25 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Top Gun.  You will find that the grass is indeed greener on this side.  There are other people who have also experienced the same unpleasant situation that you have.  There are a few nut cases residing in Nakhon Ratchasima and the person you've mentioned in your post is certainly one of them.  Unfortunately we all have to try and get along but sometimes, that isn't always possible.  If SonDick banned you it was probably for personal reasons and not anything you said or did on his forum.  You need to remember.  This is an individual who vowed to look after the best interest of the Korat community by not allowing certain people to join his forum.   ::)  Trying to understand his personality disorder is an entity in itself.  I prefer not to go there, but I will say SAF is spot on. 

You will find this forum, refreshing, informative, humorous, to the point, and sometimes a little wacky at times.  Don't be afraid to speak something.  Most of the people here have resided in Thailand for quite sometime.  Take care.
 

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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2013, 09:22:04 AM »
I have glanced at that Forum, (are we talking about korat-farang.com ?) and had a look weekly to see if anything is going on. I'm NOT a member but I notice now that I cannot seem to read the posts, (as a non-member), at all - it seems I have to join now to read.
That Forum was helpful with news about Walrus' Steve - missed by all - but otherwise - very few posts on it.

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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2013, 06:50:20 PM »
I am grateful for all the responses here. He didn't actually ban me as my account is still there. I just can't access it. I can't think of a reason for him to keep the account there other than to look at and examine it since he changed the password and he's the only one who knows it. I said earlier that I asked him to just delete it but so far he hasn't. I hope the remaining members of that forum are cautious. I'm not that upset about not being able to access that forum. It's the part about putting your trust into someone and being taken up the backside. I would like to see him come on this forum and explain his actions.
 

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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2013, 07:01:08 PM »
I would like to see him come on this forum and explain his actions.

Well, he even doesn't need to register a new account for that. Both of the accounts (known to me) he registered here and posted over are still open, no password changed, no email changed, all like it was when he last logged in.
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2013, 08:07:42 PM »
TG, may I recommend you read this? Look carefully at what JF says in red.

http://koratfart.com/korat-web-news/scrapers-in-korat-digging-for-personal-data/msg28501/#msg28501

Triple A (nickname I refer to the him by) is now bragging about the increase of registrations on his K-F forum.  Supposedly 31 new registrations and a heap load last Thrusday.  Technically that may be true, but all he's done is force the current guests who only view his forum, to forcefully join now.  In other words they've only moved from guest status to member status.  It's not really an increase in his users as a whole, and as JF pointed out, it allows him to collectively gather more data on people and keep strict tabs on his members.  That's a strange way to run a forum, but then again you're dealing with a strange individual. 

If it is access you still seek on his forum, it's actually not as hard to get it as one might think :), and with this huge influx of new memberships he claims to be receiving now would be the time to do it.  You could slip in quite easily amongst the rest.  You will receive this message during the registration process, like this.

Your registration request at KoXXt-FaXang.com has been received, ----.

The username you registered with was ---- and the password was ---------.

Before you can login and start using the forum, your request will be reviewed and approved. When this happens, you will receive another email from this address.


The "reviewed" part means he will do a whois on your IP address, google your email address to try and see any other activity you have on the internet, as well as googling your nickname and real name if you used it.  This is a guy who used to work for immigration back in his home country and seemed to get real enjoyment out of trying to catch people outwit them etc, so don't expect anything less in the way he tries to run a forum.

I can tell you that you are not missing anything on that forum.  It's pretty much the same.  Business as usual.  You need to ask yourself.  Do you really want to be a member of a forum where you can no longer trust the Admin?  Are you willing to take the risk of the Admin delving into your private things again?  He's already demonstrated to you (and others.  More reports keep rolling in) what he's capable of doing.  Stay here with us.  You'll have more fun.   ;D
 

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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013, 11:41:41 AM »
Well, he even doesn't need to register a new account for that. Both of the accounts (known to me) he registered here and posted over are still open, no password changed, no email changed, all like it was when he last logged in.

What's his user name here? I can send him a private message since he doesn't have the balls to come here face me. What a coward.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2013, 01:27:38 PM »
You can use this PM button here or the one to the left of his post advertising his venture on this forum here:

http://koratfart.com/korat-web-news/new-forum-in-korat/

The text of your PM will be sent to him in the alert message to his email address he registered with. So, he can read it without having to log in here.
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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2013, 01:31:21 PM »
He used this forum to promote his own and then bans members who are also members here!
 

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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2013, 04:02:29 PM »
What's his user name here? I can send him a private message since he doesn't have the balls to come here face me. What a coward.

Jazz and Fred are two of the member names he uses.  I'm sure there are others and I'm certain he still lurks and trolls around this forum from time to time.

The reason he doesn't have the guts to confront you is because he has no control here on this forum and he would get swatted down like a fly in a heartbeat.  He is only in control of things when he's doing admin stuff on his forum because it makes him feel like he's an important person contributing to the Korat community, and it is the only place where he actually feels in control of things.  Interesting too considering that it is fact that there has been illegal activity that has taken place on his forum.  When he was threatened with legal action once, he promptly shut down his site.  Now ask yourself this.  If nothing illegal is taking place on your website or forum, why the need to shut down the site?  Think about it.  It was almost admitting the guilt.  If you ever bothered to look closely you would have seen a lot of illegal activity tasking place along with people advertising and selling things illegally.  Like many people, I turn a blind eye to it.  As long as it doesn't affect me or anyone in my family then I don't give sh_t. 

You do know who the Admin is, yes?  He obviously didn't like the ORIGINAL and ONLY KF forum because he was never in the spotlight there.  He never had the opportunity to play the big shot forum Admin of Korat.  Not being in the spotlight frustrated him because this is a person who needs to be the center of attention or the head Ace #1.  Since he was not capable of doing that on KF, he started his own forum, copied verbatim from the ORIGINAL and ONLY KF.  The timing was perfect because the forum closed and now was his opportunity to lead the sheep over to his forum where he can keep a close eye on them, control them, gather their data and personal information as you mentioned, all in the "Best interest of the community," and as SAF pointed out, he used THIS forum to promote his own then banned the members who were also members here!  He vowed to not allow two people in Korat to have access to his forum, even though neither of these people had any interaction or conversations with him on the ORIGINAL and ONLY KF when it was alive and kicking.  This clearly indicates that this is a personal issue with him and not something related to breaking any rules on forums or anything like that. As I stated a moment ago, he had no control over anyone on KF.  It frustrated the hell out of him not being part of the popular discussions on that forum or the center of attention.  The old days of him playing "Ask Alfie" on another forum, where he considered himself a celebrity and was a hit, were long and gone.  No one was giving him the attention he felt deserved and needed. 

Finally, the banning of guest was meant for the two people he vowed not to let on his forum (the two I mentioned above).  By doing this he thinks he's preventing all access to his forum unless you're registered.  And once you do.  Best of luck.  Again the control trait in him kicking in full gear.  He's not only going to hurt the people who do advertise on his forum (don't know why they would as anyone who advertises a business there get's bad mouthed, thrashed, and driven into the ground) but people who do not want to give their personal info out or become members.  Maybe he'll figure it out and maybe he won't, but make no mistake, what he's done lately is not in the best interest of his forum or his sheep.  It is a personal mission and effort on his part to try and spite certain people.  A decision most definitely made in haste.  I say send him a PM.  He may or may not respond.  Probably not as he'd rather avoid a confrontation that's not in his comfort zone aka his forum where he can control things.  Best of luck.



 

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Re: Despicable behavior from a Korat forum Administrator
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2013, 05:51:54 PM »
What an interesting concept. I'm curious what illegal activity you are referring to. I did see one of his members there advertising to sell hard drives preloaded with blue-ray movies. That certainly cannot be legal and if the Admin allows it on his forum then he is aware of the laws in Thailand and is knowingly breaking them.
 

 



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