Site Disclaimer, Comment and Privacy Policies

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SITE DISCLAIMER:

Everything on the site is my opinion (except comments written by others, which are their opinions). I have strong opinions, and the views expressed here are mine, and not necessarily those of my employer or the W3C. At times, you may not agree with these opinions, or how I choose to express them. This is not my problem. Clear?

I run this site as I please. You do not get a vote. If you try to suggest that you do, I may be rude to you.

COMMENT POLICY:

To comment on this site, you must be logged in.

I’m not trolling for email addresses, nor am I trying to restrict comments, I am simply trying to eliminate SPAM without having to resort to the evils of CAPTCHA. You can submit your Name and email address here, or take advantage of the numerous third-party authentication methods available today (which do not require you handing over your email address), including Open ID, or via the Facebook, Twitter, Google, Foursquare, LinkedIn or MyOpenId options – really, I’ve tried to make this is simple as possible, while still ensuring a minimum of SPAM and a high quality of comments. As an added “bonus”, under most circumstances if you use one of these methods, your avatar is associated to the comment (well, some think this is a benefit).

You are welcome to comment. That said, I reserve the right to edit all comments, and to moderate all comment threads, as I see fit. Your comment is more likely to be edited, moderated or deleted if it contains phobic content (based on race, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, etc), is a personal attack or threat toward another commenter, is entirely unrelated to the entry topic, features more than a “fair use” amount of someone else’s copyrighted work, has such poor grammar and spelling that it annoys me, is an obvious piece of trollage, or if I find it or you obnoxious and decide I’ve had enough. Don’t like it? Don’t comment. Simple.

A good rule of thumb is to comment as if the person to whom you are commenting is standing in front of you, is built like a linebacker, and has both a short temper and excellent legal representation.

I like to participate in comment threads. Fire away at me. You need to be aware that I respond to tone as well as content. If you’re polite, I’ll be polite. If you’re a jerk, I’ll be a jerk back. If you argue poorly, I will correct you. Write like a troll, and I will introduce you to the Black Hole.

(Borrowed quite heavily from John Scalzi, with thanks.)

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for http://john.foliot.ca

The privacy of our visitors to http://john.foliot.ca is important to us.

At http://john.foliot.ca, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit http://john.foliot.ca, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

Cookies and Web Beacons We do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums.

We also use third party advertisements on http://john.foliot.ca to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

DoubleClick DART cookies We also may use DART cookies for ad serving through Google's DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests ("interest based targeting"). The ads served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (For example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). DART uses "non personally identifiable information". It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers. You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy/dart_adserving.aspx

You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Deleting cookies does not mean you are permanently opted out of any advertising program. Unless you have settings that disallow cookies, the next time you visit a site running the advertisements, a new cookie will be added.