Privacy Policy and Disclosures

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User Submitted Comments

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

At your option, an anonymized 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 this 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 the login page, the site 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, the site 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.

Webmentions or Pingbacks

Pingbacks and Webmentions are an explicit feature of your content management system: by sending a one to the endpoint of this website, you request the server to take notice of that referral and process it. As long as public content is concerned (i.e. you are not sending a private webmention), such use of this website’s endpoints implies that you are aware of it being published.

Incoming webmentions or pingbacks are handled as a request to process personal data that you make available by explicitly providing metadata in your website’s markup. An incoming request is by design a request for publishing a comment from elsewhere on the web; this is what the protocol was designed for and why it is active on your website.

In the case of interactions on third-party sites that are archived to my site, these are governed by the principal of one-party consent for interactions, as well as the license of the public forum where they were conducted. For example, by accepting the Twitter terms of service, you grant a license to ‘make your content available to the world and let others do the same.’ In all cases, interactions from third party websites are ones in which I interacted with you or provided commentary.

This site stores information retrieved from the source in order to provide a richer comment and appropriate citation. Items such as author name and image, summary of the text, etc may be stored if present in the source and are solely to provide richer comments. I will remove any of this on request.

In cases where I display the author data next to their response for context, this may be the current author used or the version in effect at the time the interaction occurred. If notified, by automatic means(webmention update) or manual means(contacting me) I will rectify any data of this type.

You can at any time request the removal of one or all displayed content of this type originating from your website or from a third-party website where you presented it.

Embedded content from other websites

For responses to URLs, such as responding to a post or article, this site allows the storage of data around the post/article in order to generate a rich citation. Items such as author name and image, summary of the text, embeds provided by third-party site, etc may be stored and are solely to provide this context. We will degrade the information visible as part of the citation on request.

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. Embedded content is clearly distinguishable from cited content.

How long I retain information related to you.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained for as long as I maintain the site.

If you send a webmention, my site parses the source page and stores summary information on it. The entire page is not stored.

I do offer subscriber accounts. These are created automatically for people who subscribe to emails. If you choose to login to this account, you can add personal information to your profile that I would be able to see.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request that I remove or make private any information I have on you.

Where we send your data

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