Just a heads-up to anyone with an existing account on Political Irish, or anyone considering joining that forum.
It's been posted a number of times here before that there are several 'fake' accounts posting on PI, using the names and avatars of posters from this forum.
In late 2015, I created an account on PI with the same name and avatar as this one, which was banned after a couple of days with only a handful of posts made by me.
A few months later, it came to my attention that an account with the same name and avatar had been seen posting there again. It was brought to my attention again recently, that this account was still active and posting.
I didn't give it much thought at the time, as I assumed perhaps my account had been deleted and the name was back in circulation. I put it down to some sad, pathetic troll and didn't bother looking into it any further.
A couple of days ago I received an email at the address I used to register my (presumably banned) account on PI, notifying me about a thread on my supposed 'watch list' there.
Realising the email was still connected to the account, I went to the forum and tried doing a password reset and found that it worked. I was able to change the password, thus regaining control of the account and the ability to log in.
After I logged in I found that this was in fact the very same account that I was told had been banned, along with approximately 150 posts made from shortly (weeks) after I was banned, up until about a week ago!
Which raises the following interesting questions:
How did someone manage to take control of a (complex) password protected forum account?
Why was a banned account able to resume posting, unmolested by the moderators?
Is there a security flaw in the software (which I'm not familiar with) that PI is based on?
Could the owner/s or administrator/s be complicit in any of this?
Can anything about PI be trusted?
I also noticed that I couldn't delete my account on PI, but I strongly urge any members to review any personal information they may have posted there and anyone considering signing up to avoid it entirely, as your privacy may be compromised.