Privacy Policy

effective January 1, 2015

your privacy is genuinely important to us.
here's how we manage and use your data.

We take protecting your privacy seriously, and we want you to understand exactly how and why we use your information. This document is our Privacy Policy, which describes what information we collect and what it's used for. It applies to all interactions with, including interactions with our site through buttons and widgets. However, loosely related but independent services have their own terms, and you should review them on each service's respective website.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. Your use of and/or registration with us will constitute your agreement to our policy. If you cannot agree to the terms and conditions set forth below, please do not use our services. Additionally, our Privacy Policy is part of our Terms of Use, and by using this site you agree to both.

About this Policy is an open platform that allows you to communicate about anything you want on any topic you want. We collect some information in order for you to have an account you can use to participate on the site, and other information that is necessary to make the service work. Our goal in developing our privacy practices is to allow your participation to remain as anonymous as you choose and we don’t sell or profit from the information you share with us.

We do take efforts to make sure the platform keeps working. This includes using your information, where necessary, to stop spam and gaming and other activities that violate the user agreement. We also share your information when we are legally required to do so.

What Information We Collect

Registration Information

When you create an account, you are required to provide an email address, first name, last name and password. We also log, and retain indefinitely, the IP address from which the account is initially created.

Post, Comment and Messaging Data

The posts and comments you make on are not to be considered private, even if set to be not readily accessible to the public. This means that, by default, they are not deleted from our servers – ever – and will still be accessible after your account is deleted. However, we only save the most recent version of comments and posts, so your previous edits, once overwritten, are no longer available.

Your messages are generally only viewable by the parties involved, but they may be accessed internally as needed for community support. Moreover, we keep a complete log of all messages sent on our service, even when both parties later delete their accounts. stores the IP addresses associated with specific posts, comments, and private messages for 90 days after they are made or sent.

Log Data

Log data is certain information that is automatically collected by our systems when you visit, including the type of software used to access the site (browser, operating system), the address of the external or internal page that referred you, and your IP address. This information is recorded even if you are logged out of your account. It will be deleted from our servers after 90 days.

As you interact with as an accountholder, we save certain information about these interactions and your preferences: subscriptions, preferred language, all languages you see content in, accumulated karma, voting data, and date of last login. You may also opt to add additional information to your profile, and this will be stored as well.

How We Use or Disclose Collected Information

Our Use of Your Information Is Limited to Improving Your Experience

It takes a lot of work to keep our site running and prevent abuse, and we sometimes use your data in order to facilitate this. Your information is used internally only where necessary to provide our services. For instance, we keep IP addresses for 90 days in order to investigate issues with our site, track and block suspected spammers, and otherwise maintain the integrity of the community.

Your Private Information Is Never for Sale

This means that we will only share your personal data with your consent, and after letting you know what information will be shared and with whom, unless it is otherwise permitted in this policy. While advertisers may target their ads based on your IP address, we do not sell or otherwise give access to any information collected about our users to any third party.

Anonymous, aggregated information that cannot be linked back to an individual user may be made available to third parties. Will Not Disclose Your Information Unless Required by Law

We may disclose – or preserve for future disclosure – your information if we believe, after due consideration, that doing so is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, or valid legal process. If we are going to release your information, we will do our best to provide you with notice in advance via's private messaging system unless we are prohibited by court order from doing so (e.g., an order under 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b)).

Your Information May Be Disclosed By Us In An Emergency or to Keep our Services Running

Other extraordinary circumstances may require disclosure: we may also disclose your information when we believe it's necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm to a person; to address fraud, security, or spam; or to protect our rights or property.

Cookies are small data files placed on your computer by websites you visit in order to help them remember certain information about you. At, we set only a few cookies for tracking user preferences, authentication, and collecting anonymous analytics data. Additionally, our advertising partners set cookies. Each of these uses is described in greater detail below.

California's 'Do Not Track' law's website does not currently respond to a Do Not Track ("DNT") or similar signal as it awaits the results of efforts by the policy and legal community to determine the meaning of DNT and the proper way to respond. does not allow other parties to collect personally identifiable information from users on

Authentication Cookies

When you log into your account, will place a cookie for the sole purpose of creating this session. It contains your user id and hashed authentication information.

Analytics Cookies

We use a tool called Google Analytics to help us understand how users interact with our website. It tells us aggregate usage and traffic information, such as how the site was accessed, how long visitors stayed, and the number of first-time visitors to the site. By knowing how people use the site, we can make it better. To learn more about Google Analytics and how it uses your data, please visit

Disabling cookies

Most browsers include an option to clear existing cookies or reject new ones. However, if you do this, portions of the website may not function as intended.


We partner with Google Adsense to show our users third party banner ads.

Some cookies may be placed during the provision of this service pursuant to Google Adsense's privacy policy.

To make our ads relevant to you, Google Adsense receives information about the page the ad will appear on as well as your IP address from which your general location (your country or city area) can be inferred.

Account Deletion

You may choose to delete your account at any time.

Data Security will make every effort to secure any private information submitted to us by our users. However, no data transmission over the internet is completely secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of this data. You use the service at your own risk, and are responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account (such as carefully maintaining the secrecy of your password).

Changes to This Policy

We reserve the right to change this policy to meet the changing needs of, or for any other reason. If we make changes, we will notify our users. Where the changes substantially alters your rights, notice will appear prominently on your front page. More minor changes may only be highlighted by the privacy policy link in the footer of our website.