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Thread: Privacy Policy

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    Senior Member filburt1's Avatar
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    Here is a privacy policy describing what you should expect of WDF. (I'm just posting this now for others to have for future reference)


    This site uses cookies; specifically, vBulletin, the software powering WDF, uses cookies. These cookies are designed to keep track of where you are in the forums, including allowing you to automatically log in and mark which forums, posts, and threads have been read.

    Cookies are not a required option; however, they are strongly recommended. The cookies are not used to track your movement on other sites, including TurtleTips, the parent site of WDF.

    You can disable cookies in your User CP's Options. Guests do not use cookies by default.

    The cookie that PayPal pushes via the Donate button at the bottom of the page is beyond WDF's control.

    Who's Online:

    vBulletin includes a feature called "Who's Online" which lists all online users, including guests, and their corresponding state (Viewing thread, posting reply, etc.). WOL is also echoed occasionally in other situations, such as in your posts (Online Status) and when viewing a forum (Users Browsing This Forum).

    By default, you are included in this list. To make yourself hidden, in your User CP options, turn on the invisibility option. Guests cannot hide themselves from the list, but there is no way for a normal user to distinguish two guests from one another. Administrators can see "invisible" members as well as differentiating between guests.


    You are required to provide your e-mail address upon registration. This is only to verify your e-mail address and prevent "trolls" from signing up and spamming the forums. Your e-mail address is never given out or sold and only supermoderators and administrators can see it.

    In addition, with an about-once-a-month frequency, the administrator sends out e-mails to all members about WDF site updates (new forums, members of the months, etc.). While it is strongly recommended that you read these e-mails, you can elect to not receive them in your User CP options. Guests do not need to enter in any personal information to browse the forums.


    As with any other web server, information such as your IP address, date and time of page visits, browser version, etc. are logged. This information is only used when designing pages in WDF; namely the browser version. This information is occasionally posted, but only anonymously (i.e., no IP addresses are associated with the statistics). There are programs you can use to forge these statistics, but for the benefit of WDF it is recommended that you don't.

    Private message and e-mail times, source usernames, and destination usernames are all logged to protect against spamming. The message subject and actual contents are not logged. Moderators and administrators can view this log at any time and will ban suspicious users based on log entries.

    Automated processes, advertisers, spammers, and other rule violators that post or otherwise interact with various aspects of WDF have no rights to privacy. Depending on the situation they will be banned and also have their full profile publicly posted so other forum administrators are not attacked.

    If you have questions about your privacy here at WDF, send me a private message.

    This privacy policy may be amended at any time without prior warning.
    filburt1, Web Design founder
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