Privacy Policy

Information we gather and track

We gather two types of information about users:

  1. Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to participate in content posting, to email a friend, and to participate in polls and surveys.
  2. Information we gather through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout this website. This information allows us to better tailor this website to our users' needs. Under no circumstances do we divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

Optional voluntary information

We offer the following services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:

  1. Content submission policy

    Users are encouraged to add content and post comments to this website, but are required to sign up if they choose to do so. During sign-up the user is required to supply a name, password, and email address. The name is used to cite the author of content submissions.

  2. "Email a friend" policy

    Our users can choose to electronically forward a link or a web page to someone else by clicking the "email a friend" link. The user must provide their email address as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.

Aggregated tracking information

We track user traffic patterns throughout this website. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. We break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser).

We may track and catalog the search terms used in our search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of this website users like and do not like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.

Cookies

We may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain personal information although it will enable us to relate your use of this website to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other websites. We use cookies to simplify the login process, and to track user traffic patterns.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this website. However, you do need cookies to enable this website to remember your log in preference.

Use of information

We use any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in this website, whether to provide interactive or personalised elements on this website or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.

As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to enable users to participate in content submissions, polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. We never share email addresses with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners, other than when a user choosing to use the "email a friend" feature.

We use tracking information to determine which areas of this website users like and do not like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We may track search terms entered in the search function as one of many measures of what interests our users, but we do not track which terms a particular user enters.

We create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we do not track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their advertisement.

Disclosure of the information

We use the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience's demographics. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

Opt-out policy

We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include opting not to sign up to this website which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from users. Although signed up users cannot choose not to receive an email reminder whenever they are required to perform an action for example approve content, signed up users can opt-out and choose not to receive other email notifications and newsletters.

Your consent

By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of this information by us. We will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental or guardian consent. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.