Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

This is a blog site created by Ethan Worthen. See Bio here:


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

We don’t share your data with anyone. Data is used for analytics and comments only.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How we validate your data

Visitor comments are checked manually to validate the following:

  1. Quality Control: We filter out spam and irrelevant comments, ensuring that the content on our blog remains high-quality and relevant to our audience.
  2. Maintaining Professionalism: We maintain a professional image on our blog. By filtering out inappropriate or offensive comments, we can create a more positive and respectful online environment.
  3. Security: We protect our site from malicious activities such as spam, phishing, and potential security threats. This is particularly important in preventing comment sections from becoming a platform for distributing harmful links or engaging in other malicious activities.
  4. Relevance: We ensure that the discussions and conversations in the comment section remain relevant to the topic of our blog post. This helps create a more focused and meaningful interaction with our audience.
  5. Engagement Enhancement: We encourage constructive and thoughtful discussions. We believe this can lead to increased engagement as users are more likely to participate in conversations that are respectful and relevant.
  6. User Experience: Ensuring that the comment section is free from spam and irrelevant content enhances the overall user experience. Visitors are more likely to engage with our blog and return if they find a clean and well-moderated comment section.
  7. Brand Protection: We protect our brand from potential reputation damage. Inappropriate or offensive comments can reflect poorly on our brand, and moderating the comments allows us to maintain control over the narrative associated with our content.
  8. Compliance: Depending on our content and audience, there may be legal or ethical considerations regarding the comments on our blog. Validating comments allows us to comply with any regulations or community guidelines we have in place.
  9. Reducing Noise: We Reduce noise in the comment section. Irrelevant or repetitive comments can detract from the quality of the discussion, and validation allows us to filter out such noise.
  10. Encouraging Genuine Engagement: We encourage genuine engagement from our audience. We believe users are more likely to participate in discussions when they know that the comment section is actively moderated and maintained.