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Normal forums like this one have been going for a lot longer than the SC models like FB & Insta and forums represent to good side of the internet. Forums have been going for around 25 years. That was when the www was really useful and wasn’t used to evil stuff like it is today.
The WWW is spilt into two - useful and downright evil
like Tabloids compared to Broadsheets.
I would be really surprised if the NAS isn't selling access to this forum to mined and sifted for data to be sold.
If you think about every post you make, you leak a small amount of personal experience/data as you answer the topics and an algorithm can sew all that info together to build a picture of you. The longer and more active you are on the forum, the more accurate that picture will be.
Always remember - if it's provided for free then YOU are the product.
The WWW has been taken over by the big money people.
...and that's before we even get to the Dark Web!