Unless you have an ID or are part of a group listed in the readers field, you don't have access to the record. As a safety/rescue precaution, we have a special group that contains our production servers and Notes Administrators, which is included on any document with a readers or authors name field. This ensures that the servers have access to the documents and at least the administrators can get to a document in an emergency.
I thing that Mr. Mahoney is wrong. On the server you can assign "Full Access Administrator". People in this field can always read all documents.
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