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This statement explains how we use cookies.

What is a cookie?

A “cookie” is a tiny data file that we transfer onto your computer, mobile phone, or any other device that you use to access this site, and is generally used for authentication and tracking. Every cookie expires after a certain period of time, but that period varies depending on what the cookie is used for and how your browser is configured.

Cookies are often categorized based on how long they remain active before they expire. A “session” cookie is one that generally expires when you close your web browser or mobile application. A “persistent” cookie is one that remains in your device, even after you close your browser or mobile application. A persistent cookie expires according to the duration set by us, or when you delete it manually.

You may remove or disable cookies through your browser settings. For more information on how to manage your cookie options, please see “What are your cookie options?“ below.

What types of cookies do we use and for what purposes?

Cookies are not required in order to read this site. Cookies are required in order to login and perform actions in the members area; without cookies, your we cannote associate you with a user account.

We use only functionality cookies, which are essential in order to enable you to move around this site and use its features. These cookies are useful for maintaining your session and remembering previous actions, keeping you logged in (if selected), and more. We use these cookies:

Name Expires What does it do?
PHPSESSID When user exits browser Manage sessions. Provides functionality such as logging in.
vid 30 days, if the user chooses ‘Log in permanently’. Otherwise omitted. Provides ‘Log in permanently’ functionality
ch 30 days, if the user chooses ‘Log in permanently’. Otherwise omitted. Provides ‘Log in permanently’ functionality

What are your cookie options?

While this is not a comprehensive list, below are some of the things that you can do to limit use of cookies and other locally-stored data technologies on your device. While cookies and other locally-stored data technologies may not be necessary to use our sites, some features may not function properly if you disable them.

You can:

Turning off the browser’s cookies will prevent tracking pixels from tracking your specific activity. A tracking pixel may still record an anonymous visit from your IP address, but unique information will not be recorded. If you do not want to receive tracking pixels, you will need to disable HTML images in your browser-based email client, and that may affect your ability to view images in other emails that you receive.

This statement is a derivative of Cookie statement by Wikimedia Foundation, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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