Thursday, April 9, 2009

Privacy Policy

The following only applies to our blog specific elements. For Blogger and Blogspot in General (Google), click here to read Google Blogger's Privacy Policy.

Last Updated: July 4, 2009

Email Address
Your email address is never made public unless you choose to make it public or provide it in the Offline Enquiries. In addition, when you provide us your online contact information through any of the application forms, we will never give away your email address. Your email is only used to reply to your contact questions, send you a contributor invite, and send you email subscriptions if you choose to receive them. If you provide your email address in the Offline Enquiries box (Cbox), keep in mind that we will not give away your email address however we do not guarantee that it will not be found by spam bots scanning our blog. See more below.

Digsby Widget Live Chat
Our live chat widgets are powered by Digsby. Their privacy policy can be found here.

The widget only loads when your page views it, meaning, if you are on the top of the page and you cannot see the widget, it does not load. The information sent is just your IP Address and the time you spent on the page. This time is calculated by comparing your computer time when the widget loaded, to the current time on our computer. IP Address is an Internet Protocol address that all computers connected to a network have and cannot be used to personally identify you. All chats are anonymous unless you choose to edit your nickname. Click on the existing nickname to edit. The default is "guest" followed by a random string of numbers. These numbers do not keep count at all. They are randomly generated. Disable this at any time by clicking the X on the widget. These chats are completely unlogged.

Cbox Offline Enquiries
This box is powered by Cbox. Their privacy policy can be found here.

This box lets you ask questions in case no one is online. However, keep in mind that this is a public chat box. Any message you reveal here is made public. Your email is made public under your name's link. Do not provide it if you do not want your email made public. The only required field is the message itself. You do not have to provide your name or email/url (this info is made public). Your name is "anonymous" if you leave the name space blank. As always, your IP Address is logged and if you are caught spamming, you WILL be banned.

The Use of Cookies
Like almost all sites, our blog uses a standard technology known as cookies. Cookies are very small text files with a small amount of coding that save preferences and record how you use the site. These cookies simply record how you use our site and your referring site. It can not be used to personally identify you or any of your information. Knowing how our readers use the site is important so we can work on improving the site. These cookies are also used to store your nicknames for our chat widgets and boxes, so you don't have to re-enter them each time. Cookies are also used to prevent manipulation of poll results. We post the website statistics in the sidebar so you can have some of the information too. Just about any site you find uses some type of cookie that can detect your location and other data. Once again, nothing personally identifiable is ever transferred.

This privacy policy may be modified as these third party applications are updated and/or we add new third party page elements.