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This page lists privacy issues concerning this site.


The wiki uses a cookie that doesn’t identify individual users. The cookie is used to remember your preferences from one visit to the next. A typical user’s cookie might contain a supplied user name, for example. This says which user name you’d like to use when editing a page.

User Name

Nothing requires user names to be unique. You can pick any valid page name. If you do provide a user name, we’re going to store it in various places:

  1. Our log files for Recent Changes
  2. Any page you edit for the little note at the bottom saying who last edited it
  3. The “keep” pages which are used for the page history (follow the View other revisions link at the bottom of a regular page)

Information on this site is available via the HTML pages, RSS and other protocols that we may choose to support.


Offline backups of the data exist on the private computers of Matt Adams and his backup disks. The data is limited to Matt and his wife. The data will be overwritten at irregular intervals.

Tracking of Reader IP Numbers

In order to prevent leeching, and to provide for usage and security audits, the wiki also keeps of the IP numbers that have visited the site in the last twenty seconds. The visitors.log file lists IP numbers and timestamps as follows:

text 1390729057 1390728798 1390728798 1390728798 1390728797 1390670644 1390670381 1390670381 1390670380 1390670380

This is updated whenever somebody visits the site. This information is not public.

Tracking of Author IP Numbers

The wiki also tracks IP numbers whenever a page is edited. The idea is that we want to ban certain people from editing the site via Banned Hosts. This allows us to prevent the site from being spammed.

The IP number will be removed from our wiki log files by the maintenance job at irregular intervals.

Web Server Logs

The web server itself also keeps access log and error logs. These go back a period of days but are not kept indefinitely. They contain IP numbers and the URLs they requested. These log files are not public and are used to help find configuration errors, missing redirects and the like.