Website Policies

Advertising

I use Google ads to display advertising on my website. I don’t expect to get rich off of it, but if it covers some of my hosting costs, that’s nice. If it doesn’t, well, so be it.

I also post some links here and there for Dreamhost, a web hosting company that I’ve used since the late 1990s. Since I personally use their services and have been for more than 10 years, I am happy to post advertisements for them. I haven’t had many problems and whenever I did, they were really good at helping me. I get a percentage of new signups which gets applied to my hosting bill first.

Every so often, I link to Amazon. I’ve used them in the USA and have had no issues with them. I get a commission for each sale, usually.

Donating and Contributing

You can help me and my website by buying certain services or donating.

If you’d like to find out how you can support my website, go here.

Comments/Feedback

I love getting comments on my blog entries. It shows me that people are reading and that they have something to say. Sometimes they can spark new weblog entries and sometimes they can make me rethink a certain position that I have.

Though I encourage open discussion, these following things are not tolerated:

  • Harassing, bullying, or name calling: If you have to resort to calling someone a nasty name to get your point across, then you’re doing it wrong.
  • Racism, homophobia, xenophobia, or sexism: If you’re targeting a certain group of people for some reason, you’re doing it wrong (again).
  • Promotion: I’m not an advertising board for you. If you’re trying to sell your cheap sunglasses or medications, it’s not going to happen.

If the comment is bad enough, and even if it hasn’t been posted, I will ban you.

If your comment is too personal in nature, and you don’t want it to be seen publicly, please message me instead.

Opinions

If someone somehow tries to link my opinions to any of my employers, don’t. The opinions I express in this weblog are my very own and do not represent any position held by anybody who employs me. I think for myself.

Your Privacy

I don’t share anything with anybody else unless I am legally obligated to do so. (This hasn’t happened yet, and I don’t really think it ever will.) When you leave a comment and you enter in your email address and name, it is basically used if you want to subscribe to getting new blog posts and comment follow-ups from my blog. I don’t do anything else with it.

Traffic to and from my website is encrypted.

Sometimes my website will set cookies to keep up with things such as if you’ve visited my website before, your name/email address when you have commented, and to gather statistical information about where you’re from (country), how many pages you’ve visited, what pages you’ve visited, and stuff. Your personal information is never attached to this statistical information. This information helps me determine what entries are being read the most so I can link to it more often or write more posts like that.

My advertisers, such as Google, may use cookies to determine what ads you’ll be served. If you see an advertisement based on one of your previous searches at Google, that’s why.

Have questions?

If something isn’t clear or wasn’t covered, feel free to send me a message and we’ll have a little chat.

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