Site Policies

(Note: comments or concerns regarding these policies may be directed via e-mail to “bill” at the domain name of this site.)



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Privacy Policy

(Note: the privacy policy below is adapted from a policy licensed by Automattic, Inc., under a Creative Commons Share Alike license.)

Your privacy is critically important to us. At we have a few fundamental principles:

  1. We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  2. We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  3. We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals:

It is’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request.’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how’s visitors use its website. From time to time, may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to’s websites choose to interact with in ways that require to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for our newsletter to provide an email address. In each case, collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, may monitor the most popular pages on the site. may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on’s behalf or to provide services available at’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of, third parties or the public at large. If you have supplied your email address, may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with and our products. We primarily use the site itself to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of website, and their website access preferences. visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in’s sole discretion. encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Comments Policy

We’re very pleased when conversations take place on our site in the form of comments to individual pages or posts. We encourage you, the visitor, to make comments.

Like many sites powered by WordPress, we require you to enter a name and e-mail address when entering a comment. This is one method used to minimize the amount of “spam” comments a site receives. The name that you enter will appear above your comment when and if the comment is accepted for publication. The e-mail address which you enter does not get published anywhere on this site and is, of course, governed by our Privacy Policy.

When entering a comment, you also have the option to enter a web address with which you wish to be associated. This web address does become public information in the sense that your name will appear in the comment as a hyperlink to the web address which you provide. It is assumed that people enter a web address because they expressly wish other people to visit that web address. Therefore do not enter a web address if you do not wish for it to be made public in your comment.

By default, the commenting feature is turned “on” for pages and postings that are added to this site. We may turn off the commenting feature on any given page/post at our discretion.

If commenting is enabled on a page/post, anybody may leave a comment; you do not need to be “logged-in” to leave a comment. However, your comment may not appear immediately because: a) the comment was considered “spam” by an automatic system which evaluates each comment for spam; or b) the comment is your first comment on this site; or c) the comment contains three or more hyperlinks. In such cases, a site administrator must review the comment before it appears on the site. We reserve the right to refuse to publish any such comment that we review.

Comments might appear on the site but later be deleted by us at our discretion and without notice. This is a right which we reserve but do not plan on using except in extreme cases such as (but not necessarily limited to) the following:

a) The comment uses foul language.
b) The comment personally attacks or is offensive towards another commenter.
c) The comment is perceived by us to be “spam”.
d) We believe the commenter is impersonating another individual.
e) The comment advocates violence towards a person or persons.
f) The comment contains a link to a web site deemed offensive by the proprietors and/or administrators of this site.

Comments posted by visitors to this website do not necessarily reflect the views of, its proprietors, contractors, affiliated organizations or advertisers.

To notify us of inappropriate comments, or to express other complaints or concerns, send an e-mail to the site’s proprietor, specifically to the e-mail account “bill” at the domain name of this site.

About the Author

Bill Dawson is an American citizen who, having married an Austrian, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. A programmer by trade, he studied history as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley.