Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: We are a not-for-profit site, run by our volunteer writers.


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 anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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, which you have no reason to do, 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.

We use affiliate links and limited advertising to try to cover some of the costs of hosting and operating this site. These may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with the advertising, including tracking your interaction with the adverts if you have an account and are logged in to the advertiser. For the most part these type of interactions are harmless, but may sometimes be creepy or annoying because that’s how the web works these days. Sorry. You can remove cookies using the instructions at

For our volunteer writers: 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.

For our volunteer admins: 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 behaves 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

For our volunteer writers and admins: 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 recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that 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. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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

Your IP address and you

The internet works by giving each server and user a unique number – referred to as an IP Address – either permanently or on an ad-hoc basis. Our servers use IP Addresses in 3 ways: to provide the pages your web browser has requested; emails (and web form entries) sent to us generally record automatically the IP Address of the sender; our servers record the IP Addresses of those who visit in case of abuse, but we don’t link the address with specific users unless we detect abuse in the first place. We reserve the right to block your IP Address, your ISP or your entire country from accessing our websites if you abuse our systems, our content or our writers. Threats of violence and hate speech are always referred to the appropriate authorities.

Your web browser

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Opera and all other browsers report back certain information to our servers. This information is pretty anonymous – browser type, screen resolution, operating system – and this anonymous data is used by us to make sure we’re not producing pages that the majority can’t read.

Your browser also sends us slightly more specific information. This includes the page that referred you to us, any terms you used in a search engine to find us and which search engine you used, and which pages you visited whilst you were touring our sites (though not where you went afterwards, or unlinked sites you visited beforehand). We use this information to track the popularity of articles on our site, the most popular search engines and what people are searching for. This information, although more specific, is still anonymous. We can’t and, frankly, don’t want to identify you personally with it.