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 Mint which interprets information which your browser willingly sends anyway, such as IP address, 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.
Do Not Track signals are ignored by Mint (i.e. it doesn’t actually receive those signals or process them). Because Mint is no longer maintained, it’s extremely unlikely that this will change at any point. If I figure out how to fix this, I may well do so.
I have also recently 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 usually check with you first, though). Here’s my public key.
Please email me if you have any questions.