EU users are shown a very annoying cookie warning. Europeans are shown Google AdSense ads if they agree to it.
How Google AdSense Tracks You
You can read "How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps" to see how Google AdSense describes their use of web browser cookies and other tracking.
The Information We Store And Collect
We use the free software MediaWiki content management system. It stores some information about our users such as what registered and logged-in users do which page edits. We do not store information about users who opt to edit anonymously, without creating an account, beyond the contents of the edits they submit.
Your information is, quite frankly, not very important to us. We count the number of visitors and store some statistics like the number of people using various web browsers and operating systems every six hours and then we throw those logs away. The only reason to store any information on random users would be to sell that information to third parties. We are not willing to do that. Thus; your user data is worth zero and that is why we don't collect your worthless information. When other sites write "Your information is very important to us" they actually mean that "We are collecting and selling your personal data and that revenue stream is very important to us".
Another reason we don't collect anything beyond what the MediaWiki CMS system requires to ensure that you can login if you register an account (and things like that) is that your information really is non-essential to this sites operation. When other sites make statements like "To make Medium work, we log user data" they are, in fact, lying. Our web server does not need to know anything about you or your personal life in order to send you some web page over the Internet. Data collection is not a requirement to make HTTPS connections work.
EU users who reject the tracking/cookie warning and users who send a "Do Not Track" web browser header get first party advertisements served from this domain. Those advertisements are simple static images wrapped in Easylist compatible
div tags (
bottomAdvertisement). They can be removed using any ad-blocker such as Ublock Origin.
We do zero tracking of who sees the first party advertisements server as images from this websites domain. First party advertisements are "targeted" by a combination of
rand(); and country-level GeoIP lookups.
HOWTO Opt-Out From Third Party Tracking On This Website
European visitors get the Cookie Warning.
First, understand that we, and other websites on the Internet, can not set cookies or store data in your browser. Web-servers can ask web browsers to store cookies. It is up to you to configure your web browser running on your computer to behave according to your desires. Politicians and law-makers who think "cookie warnings" and similar web pollution make sense are blundering morons who simply fail to understand how the Internet works. You can configure your web browser so you do not get any third party tracking when you use this website using any of these alterantives:
- You can opt-out from third party tracking by selecting Do Not Track in your web browser.
- European users can opt-out by clicking screw you when they see the cookie warning. Most non-European users do not get the cookie warning. Some due because the GeoIPCountry library isn't that accurate and "unknown" country results in the Cookie Warning.
Why We Subject You To Third Party Tracking By Advertisement Partners
"Digital content is to a large degree funded by advertising, which means that rather than paying for services with money, companies monetize our behaviour, attention and personal data."
Writing in-depth articles is quite time-consuming. Third party advertisements are how we exchange a lot of time for a minimal amount of money.
We would love to sell advertisements directly if you want to advertise on this website and you don't require that your ads employ cookies or web browser fingerprinting techniques.
We would also love to be able to not have any advertisements at all. We will remove the advertisements from this website if user donations match the current level of advertisement revenue. The total sum of donations received since 2004 is less than $10 (less than $1/year). That is nowhere near enough to be an alternative to third party advertisements. You can donate if you want this site to be advertisement-free. $5 a month from 1% of our readers would be more than enough to remove all advertising.