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Cookie and Privacy Policy

We Take Your Privacy Seriously

We don’t track or retain any personally identifying data about you via — If you have questions about privacy or data retention, please contact our General Manager Dan Root, via any of the many contact methods provided on this site.

What Are Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for logged-in users and for commenters, and provide anonymized tracking data to applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better.

None of the information we gather via Cookies identifies you as an individual — it is all entirely anonymous.

What We Use Cookies For

Cookie Header — In the header of each web page on this site you will see a message alerting you of our privacy and cookie policy. If you’ve seen this message once, you probably won’t want to see it again. We use a cookie to remember this setting. And this setting is maintained for a period of six months.  User data is all anonymous.

Jetpack / WordPress / Automattic — We use a package from Automattic  (the people behind named Jetpack to help us understand the popularity and performance of the various parts of our site.  To do this, the site collects IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.  Any piece of data explicitly identifying a specific user (IP address, ID, username, etc.) is not visible to the site us here at OSR. For example, we can only see that a specific post has 285 views, but we cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post.

Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used only for the purpose of powering this feature.

Google Analytics — To understand how people use our site, and to discover areas on our site with issues, we use Google Analytics (GA). Most websites use some sort of analytics program like this. The data it collects helps us see things like how many people visit our site, which country they are from, how many pages they visited, how fast our site loaded, and so on.  We have made a good-faith effort to tune the GA settings to comply with EU GDPR requirements.  The specific cookies used by GA and MonsterInsights (MI) are listed in t he table below.

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description Which MonsterInsights Users
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users. Stores the ClientID, a unique and randomly generated string, so that the user can be associated on future visits, the date of first visit and version of GA cookie. All Users
_gid 24 hours Stores the ClientID All Users
_gat 1 minute Throttles the number of requests a user does to Google Analytics’s servers All Users
ga-disable-{YOUR UA CODE} Never If a user opts out via MonsterInsights’s opt out system or the official Google do not track methods, this cookie prevents Google Analytics from tracking the user. All Users
AMP_TOKEN 30 seconds – 1 year (varies) Identifies a user who was first given a ClientID on an AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page) version of your site. The length of time stored varies, with users who visit the AMP page first, and visit more frequently getting higher durations. AMP Addon Users
__utmx 18 months For users utilizing Google Analytics’s Content Experiments feature, this cookie determines if a user is included in an experiment. MI users using Content Experiments
__utmxx 18 months For users utilizing Google Analytics’s Content Experiments feature, this cookie determines when a user’s experiment ends. MI users using Content Experiments
_gaexp Typically 90 days (varies) For users utilizing MonsterInsights’s Google Optimize Integration, used to determine the inclusion and expiration of a user’s participation in a Google Optimize test. Duration varies based on the length of experiment. Google Optimize Addon


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Additional Privacy Information

We do not support logging-in to to provide comments or for any other reason.  Therefore we do not store private data such as email addresses or any other data.

You may, however, choose to signup to one or more of our forums or email lists via buttons or forms on this site.  When you do so, you do so entirely at your own option, and you provide your email address for the express use described by the button or form.

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