Privacy Policy

We respect and guard your privacy

Our website address is: We are a not for profit, volunteer-managed venture aiming for the greater good of our fellow humans, and therefore will never seek to monetize your data. To the extent you share your data with us, we respect the value that holds to you and have instructed our web designers and site host to implement the measures that they advise to protect the value of your privacy for your benefit. We live in a world in which, sadly, those who would steal your data sometimes manage to evade the best of defences available to organizations with far greater resources than ours, but we will do our best to stand up for your privacy against a powerful opponent. If enough of us with modest resources do the same, they will be stopped and that would be of great value to all of us. If you have any concerns or questions about your privacy, please contact us at and we will gladly respond. It is only reasonable that we treat you with the same care that we would want if our roles were reversed, because that’s when the technology we recognize as “human” creates the greatest imaginable value.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to determine if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, any profile picture you may have is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, we advise that you avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS). We advise that you remove all location data from shared images, because visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. Unfortunately, we have no means of removing this data if you do not, and as much as we would like to prevent its misuse we are powerless to do so. Such are the limitations of today’s technology in combination with bad actors, and we wish that were not so.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behave in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you, and we will except for any data we are obliged to keep for legal or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.