The short version is that you use this website, and everything hosted here, at your own risk. Anything that you download to your computer is also done so at your own risk.
Privacy? I take that very seriously. I have installed a local analytics package called Matomo which interprets the kind of information your browser sends anyway, such as screen resolution, browser, operating system, and referral information. This information is regularly flushed, is kept pseudonymous, and is password-protected. I take reasonable precautions to ensure that nobody else can see this information.
Your connection to the site also includes your IP address. I have configured Matomo to anonymize IP addresses in the last digit. For example,
192.168.99.123 will become
192.168.99.0. I don’t believe there’s a way of recovering the last digit historically, but I also do not want to, have no incentive to do so, and have no way of associating any IP address with a person.
I am using this information to understand what kinds of technology my audience uses and the general size of that audience — for example, if I want to change the site’s styling, I would like to make sure I know which browsers to test in to make sure it works for a majority of my audience.
If you have enabled Do Not Track in your browser, Matomo won’t track you. You can find instructions on how to do that for Safari and Safari on iOS. You can also opt out of Matomo analytics on Pixel Envy on this page. I wish it was inline, but a WordPress quirk prevented me from plopping the iframe right here.
I have also installed the Wordfence security plugin which has the option to show visitors to the site as a live feed. I have disabled this option, as well as disabled the ability for Wordfence to set visitor cookies.
Emails are kept anonymous, especially when sent encrypted, but I may want to quote something you’ve written me about from time to time. When that happens, I’ll ask you. If you’ve emailed me about something you think I got wrong, I may use your name to credit the correction or clarification, but I won’t if it’s nonpublic information. If you’d like to be absolutely clear that I credit you anonymously, please let me know (I’ll check with you first, either way). Here’s my public key.
Please email me if you have any questions.