Last revision: 9 NOV 2015 (previously updated in 2012, it was time to freshen it up)
If you are under the age of 13:
- You are instructed to not provide personally-identifiable information to the site.
- You may browse this site without providing personal information if, and only if, you have permission to do so from your parents.
- Nothing on this site is designed specifically for anyone under the age of 13.
- Nothing on this site is designed to be appealing to anyone under the age of 13.
Age 13 or Older? Great, read on!
I believe in privacy. That applies for me, for you, and even for people who don't care about privacy. However, there are technical limits to how much I can protect your privacy, some of which are imposed by services I want to use to make my site more interesting, useful, etc.
When you use this site, your browser (or other Web client) automatically sends information, such as your IP address and other technical data, to the site. In turn, the server hosting the site will automatically store that information in access logs. Normally this information can't be used to identify you personally, although in some cases the non-personal information can provide clues that could lead to identifying you personally. This is generally true throughout the Web, this has been the default behavior of Web technology for as long as I've used it (which goes back to the mid-1990s).
In addition to the information that is logged automatically, you may volunteer information to the site, such as an email address, a vote in a poll, or other information. Some of that additional information might be anonymous in nature (to the same extent as automatically-logged information), but much of it is likely to be personally identifiable. You can limit this by simply not volunteering personal information.
As a general guideline, information that you provide to the site will be treated as private communication, subject to any restrictions imposed by law. This is not a guarantee; for example, system faults may cause your information to be shared beyond the intent of the site owner. If you require real confidentiality regarding any information, do not provide it via any interface on this site, and do not send it via non-encrypted email to the site owner.
Third-Party Content and Services
If you subscribe to my fan newsletter, you should understand that the newsletter is processed through a separate service (currently MailChimp). Every newsletter will include a link that allows you to quickly and easily unsubscribe. If you decide you don't want to receive my newsletter anymore, please use that link instead of marking my newsletter as spam. (If the unsubscribe link does not work, please contact me via this site. To my knowledge, that has never happened.)
Some of the content you encounter on this site may originate from sources external to this site. That third-party content may include, from time to time, and without limitation, advertisements, social network activity, images, news headlines, and other content. The third-party content may be served directly from another site, in which case your browser will send HTTP requests to a different machine in a different domain, or it may be processed on this site and shown to you directly from the Web server of this site. In addition to obviously-visible content, this site may use third-party services for advertising, statistics, content sharing, or other purposes, and in those cases your browser will send HTTP requests to the providers of such services to load images, script code, or other content necessary for such services but not obviously visible to you.
For content that is served directly from third-party sites, whether as part of obviously-visible content or third-party services, your browser (or an add-on product) may allow you to block such activity. If such activity is of concern to you, you are encouraged to research your options for blocking it.
I like baking cookies. (That was my favorite cookbook when I was a kid!) But that's not the kind of cookie you're worried about, so here is the deal regarding HTTP Cookies and this site: Cookies, including third-party cookies, may be used here for a variety of reasons, none of which are intended by the site owner to violate or infringe upon your privacy. Anonymous cookies may be used for site usage statistics, and cookies may be used for session management (which is useful if you choose to create an account here). If you are concerned about any particular cookie, or cookies in general, please contact the site owner, or simply configure your Web browser to discard cookies.