WHAT WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT
When you create an account on the Services (an "Account"), we'll ask you for information such as your username, password, preferred gender identifier, age, and email address ("Account Information"). We may use Account Information, alone or together with other information, to enhance and improve the Services, such as by personalization. We use your age to verify that you can lawfully use the Services. We use your email address to verify your Account and to communicate with you, as described in more detail below. We also allow you to input other information into your profile, this includes your location, occupation, schools you've attended, real name and/or various other contact details (like links to other social networking sites). These are all optional fields and are provided for you to fill out only if you wish. You can control who has access to view this information via your Privacy Settings.
Email Communications with Us:
As part of the Services, you may occasionally receive email and other communications from us. Administrative communications relating to your Account (e.g., for purposes of Account recovery or password reset) are considered part of the Services and your Account, which you may not be able to opt-out from receiving. We also may send you other kinds of emails, which you can opt-out of either from your Account Settings page or by using the "Opt-Out" link in the emails themselves. Note that we will never email you to ask for your password or other Account Information; if you receive such an email, please forward it to us.
Information about Your Accounts on Third Party Services:
You can link your Account to certain Third Party Services. In order to do so, you may provide us with your username or other user ID for a Third Party Service, and you may then be required to log into that Service. After you complete this login process, we will receive a token that allows us to access your account on that service so that we can, for example, post your content to that service when you ask us to. We do not receive or store your passwords for your Third Party Service accounts.
By default, all sharing through the Services is public, and when you provide us with content it is published so that anyone can view it. Although we do provide tools for you to choose who can see your profile and access some content you post there. You should assume that anything you post on the website is publicly accessible unless you have explicitly selected otherwise. Also, please keep in mind that anything you share privately with another user, particularly through our direct messaging system, may be posted publicly by that user. (Recipients may copy, store, and re-share the contents of your communications.) Content published and shared publicly is accessible to everyone, including search engines, and you may lose any privacy rights you might have regarding that content. In addition, information shared publicly may be copied and shared throughout the Internet, including through actions or features native to the Services, such as "quoting."
The Services allow you to perform native actions that are integral to our products, such as "liking" a post, "quoting" a post, "replying" to a post, and following a user. Liking, following, and replying are public actions. We use information about native actions to improve the Services, develop new Services, and, particularly, to personalize your experience. Personalization using this information may include presenting you with new posts, articles, or users relevant to what you've liked or followed and providing you with better search results.
Information Related to Use of the Services:
We collect information about how people use the Services, including those with an Account. This type of information may be collected in our log files each time you interact with (i.e., make a request to) the Services. We use internal tools and third party applications and services (like Google Analytics), to collect and analyze this information. Some of this information may also be associated with the Internet Protocol Address ("IP Address") used to access the Services; some may be connected with your Account; and some may only be collected and used in aggregate form (as a statistical measure that wouldn't identify you or your Account). We also collect your IP Address when you register, login, and make a post. We may use this information about how you and others interact with the Services for a number of things generally related to enhancing, improving, protecting, and developing new Services, including but not limited to: providing users with personalized content; improving our search results; identifying trending or popular content; fighting spam, malware, identity theft and generally keeping our users and community safe; and for legal and safety reasons as set forth in "Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others."
Information Related to Your Web Browser:
We automatically receive and record information from your web browser when you interact with the Services, such as your browser type and version, what sort of device you are using, your operating system and version, your language preference, the website or service that referred you to the Services, the date and time of each request you make to the Services, your screen display information, and information from any cookies we have placed on your web browser (as described below). We use web browser-related information to enhance and improve the Services.
In some cases we collect and store information about where you are located, such as by converting your IP Address into a rough geolocation. We may use location information to improve and personalize the Services for you and to fight spam and malware.
Information Collected Using Cookies and Web Tags:
As described above in "Native Actions" and "Information Related to the Use of the Services," we analyze your actions on the Services in order to derive or infer characteristics that may be descriptive of your Account (for example, what kinds of users or artists you follow or what kind of posts or articles you view, "like", and quote). We use this information for all of the purposes set forth in "Information Related to Use of the Services," above.
WITH WHOM YOUR INFORMATION IS SHARED
We never share information we receive from you unless: (a) we have your permission to share that information; (b) we have given you prior notice that the information will be shared, and with whom; or (c) that information is aggregate information or other information that does not identify you.
Information Shared with the Public Through the Services:
As noted in "User Content" and "Native Actions," above, by default, content published through the Services and many actions you take on the Services are shared with the public. Because this kind of information can be seen by anyone and may be indexed by search engines, you should be careful about what you choose to disclose publicly and make sure it's information you want to share with everyone.
Information You Share with Third Party Services:
Information Shared with Our Agents in Order to Operate and Improve the Services:
In some cases, we share small pieces of information that we store (such as IP Addresses and email addresses) with third parties, such as various service providers, and other agents ("Agents"), for the purposes of operating, enhancing, and improving the Services. For example, we may share information with service providers (e.g. FightForumSpam) in order to fight and delete spam posts and spam accounts or send emails to you via a service like MailGun.
Third Party Advertisements:
We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice please visit networkadvertising.org or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit this page.
Information Disclosed Pursuant to Business Transfers:
In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell business assets. In these transactions, user information is typically one of the transferred business assets. Moreover, if we, or substantially all of our assets, were acquired, or if we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of us or our assets may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.
Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others:
Information Shared with Other Third Parties:We may share or disclose non-private information, Aggregate Information, or other non-personally identifying information with people and entities that we do business with. For example, how many visitors we have to the website.
The Security of Your Information
Your Account Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. We may enable additional security features in the future, like multi-factor authentication. You need to prevent unauthorized access to your Account and information by creating a unique, secure, and protected password and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your Account on the Services.
We seek to protect your information (including your Account Information) to ensure that it is kept private; however, we can't guarantee the security of any information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.
What Information You Can Access
If you are a registered user, you can access most information associated with your Account by logging into the Services and checking your Account Settings page. Registered and unregistered users can access and delete cookies through their web browser settings.
How to Delete Your Account and What Happens When You Delete Your Account
Due to the nature of a forum, with conversations and replies and threads and quoted messages, disabling your account is an intensive process that we consider a last resort. If you want to disable your Account, you need to email us and provide proof of authority over the Account. What constitutes "proof of authority" will vary depending on the circumstances, but generally will require sufficient identifying information so that we can be confident you are the Account owner. (Emailing us from the email address associated with the account helps identify you as the Account owner.)
Deleting your Account may not fully remove the content you have published from our systems, as caching of, backups of, copies of, or references to your Account Information may not be immediately removed. All of your conversations with other people via the direct messaging system will be deleted. All of your likes to all posts will be removed. You will be logged out and no longer be able to login to the account. Your profile will have optional submitted information stripped from it (contact details and any optional fields you've filled out). All of your previous posts on the website will show as being posted from a Deleted or Disabled Account username. Your IP address and email address will still be associated with the disabled account in case it's needed for administration reasons in the future. You will no longer get emails from the service. Your member profile will no longer be viewable or accessible to the public. This is non-reversible.
In addition, given the nature of quoting and replies on the Services, some of the public activity on your Account prior to deletion may remain stored on our servers and accessible to the public. For example, quoted posts and copy/paste of old posts are not removed.
If you would like to change your username but not have your account disabled, you can purchase that here.
Where to Direct Questions or Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Services, please send us a detailed message.