How we manage cookies on our Website
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognize your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyze how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information—for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies do we use?
We use only persistent cookies (which stay on your device for a set period of time or until you delete them).
Generally, our cookies perform only one function:
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our Website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify members and ensure they can access their accounts. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies, the user may not be able to access all of the content that a subscription entitles them to.
You can find more information about the individual first-party cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|ghost-members-ssr||essential||site membership identity||6 months|
|ghost-members-ssr.sig||essential||site membership authentication||6 months|
|ghost-private||essential||site access management||1 month|
|flarum_remember||essential||forum single sign-on identity||5 years|
|flarum_session||essential||forum session management||2 hours|
We also use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the essential category above. For example, we use Stripe to help us manage subscription payments. We may also enable third parties to serve cookies to help to identify fraudulent or non-human traffic on our Website. We may also use third-party cookies to help us with market research, revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our Website. If you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions in our How to Manage Cookies section. Please remember that if you choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our Website do not work properly.
Do we track whether users open our emails?
Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique “web beacon pixel” to tell us whether, and how many times, our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links within the email. We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them, and to check that content is being used in accordance with our terms and conditions. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should configure your email client to block the downloading of remote content.
Other tracking technologies
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES
How to enable and disable cookies using your browser
Most browsers allow you to manage cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the Settings, Options or Preferences menu of your browser. You may be able to manage other tracking technologies in the same way that you manage cookies using your browser’s preferences.
The links below are provided to help you find the settings for some common browsers.
- Manage cookie settings in Chrome and Chrome Android and Chrome iOS
- Manage cookie settings in Safari and Safari iOS
- Manage cookie settings in Firefox
- Manage cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Manage cookie settings in Opera
For all other browsers, please look for a “help” function in your browser or contact the browser provider.
On your mobile device, you may also have a “Limit Ad Tracking” setting (on iOS devices) or a setting to “Opt out of Interest-Based Ads” (on Android) which allows you to limit the use of information about your use of apps for purposes of serving ads targeted to your interests.
Please note that even if you opt out using the mechanisms above, you may still receive advertisements when using our Website.