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If you only read the Economic-Evolution.net websites, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general.
If you contribute to the Economic-Evolution.net, you are publishing every word you post publicly. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever. This includes articles, user pages and discussion pages. Some limited exceptions are described below.
Publishing on the EEpedia and public data
Simply visiting the web site does not expose your identity publicly (but see private logging below).
When you edit any page in the EEpedia, you are publishing a document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author.
Identification of an author
When you publish a page in the EEpedia, you will be logged in and you will be identified by your user name. This may be your real name if you so choose, or you may choose to publish under a pseudonym, whatever user name you selected when you created your account.
The EEpedia will set a cookies whenever log onto the site.
These last up to 30 days. You may clear these cookies after use if you are using a public machine and don’t wish to expose your username to future users of the machine. (If so, clear the browser cache as well.)
Many aspects of the EEpedia’s community interactions depend on the reputation and respect that is built up through a history of valued contributions. User passwords are the only guarantee of the integrity of a user’s edit history. All users are encouraged to select strong passwords and to never share them. No one shall knowingly expose the password of another user to public release either directly or indirectly.
Passwords Private logging
Every time you visit a web page, you send a lot of information to the web server. Most web servers routinely maintain access logs with a portion of this information, which can be used to get an overall picture of what pages are popular, what other sites link to this one, and what web browsers people are using. It is not the intention of Economic-Evolution.net projects to use this information to keep track of legitimate users.
These logs are used to produce the site statistics pages; the raw log data is not made public, and is normally discarded after about two weeks.
Here’s a sample of what’s logged for one page view:
188.8.131.52 - - [21/Oct/2003:02:03:19 +0000]
"GET /EEpedia/draft_privacy_policy HTTP/1.1" 200 18084
"Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/85.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/85.5"
Log data may be examined by developers in the course of solving technical problems and in tracking down badly-behaved web
spiders that overwhelm the site. IP addresses of users, derived either from those logs or from records in the database are frequently used to correlate usernames and network addresses of edits in investigating abuse of the EEpedia, including the suspected use of malicious “sockpuppets” (duplicate accounts), vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruption of the EEpedia.
Sharing information with third parties
Except where otherwise specified, all text added to EEpedia is available for reuse under the terms of the GFDL.
Economic-Evolution.net will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless you agree to release this information, or it is required by law to release the information.
Security of information
The EEpediamedia Foundation makes no guarantee against unauthorized access to any information you provide. This information may be available to anyone with access to the servers. A partial list of those people can be found in the developers list.
You must provide your e-mail address in your Preferences and enable other logged-in users to send email to you through the EEpedia. Your address will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or possibly if the email bounces. The email address may be used by the Economic-Evolution.net to communicate with users on a wider scale.
If you subscribe to one of the project mailing lists, your address will be exposed to any other subscriber. The list archives of most of EEpediamedia’s mailing lists are public, and your address may find itself quoted in messages. The list archives are also archived by Gmane and other services. Mails are usually not deleted or modified, but it may be done in extreme cases.
Data on users, such as the times at which they edited and the number of edits they have made are publicly available via “user contributions” lists, and in aggregated forms published by other users.
Removal of user accounts
Once created, user accounts will not be removed. It is possible to change a username but all entries with the previous username will transfer to the new user name. The Economic-Evolution.Net does not guarantee that a name will be changed on request.
Whether specific user information is deleted is dependant on the deletion policies of the project that contains the information.
Deletion of content
Removing text from EEpedia does not permanently delete it. In normal articles, anyone can look at a previous version and see what was there. If an article is “deleted”, any user with “administrator” access on the EEpedia, meaning almost anyone trusted not to abuse the deletion capability, can see what was deleted. Information can be permanently deleted by those people with access to the servers, but there is no guarantee this will happen except in response to legal action.