Subsistence:Privacy policy

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Information used when registering with Subsistence Wiki will not be used for any commercial purpose. In fact only a unique avatar name and password is required to register, an optional email address can be provided if you choose to enhance how notifications are delivered. Registration is only required if you want to contribute to or have a more custom experience on Subsistence Wiki.

IP and other technical information

When a visitor requests or reads a page, or sends email to a Subsistence Wiki server, no more information is collected than is typically collected by web sites. Raw logs of such transactions are only used to monitor the health of the web server. When a page is edited by a logged-in editor, the server confidentially stores related IP information for a limited period of time. This information is automatically deleted after a set period.


The site sets a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a page is visited. Readers who do not intend to log in or edit may deny this cookie; it will be deleted at the end of the browser's session. More cookies may be set when one logs in to maintain logged-in status. If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information will be saved for up to 30 days, and this information will be resent to the server on every visit. Contributors using a public machine who do not wish to show their username to future users of the machine should clear these cookies after use.

(The following applies only when using the default Vector skin.)

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to any website to serve ads on this website.
  • Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to this website on other websites.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting the ads preference manager and site.

To avoid these third-party cookies on this site select the MonoBook skin within the appearance tab for your account preferences. Other options like disabling third-party cookies within your browser settings, enabling ad-blockers or private-mode browsing might also be suitable, but advertisers are a crafty bunch (i.e. geotagging).

Page history

Edits or other contributions to articles, user pages and talk pages are generally retained forever. Removing text from a project does not permanently delete it. Normally, in projects, anyone can look at a previous version of an article and see what was there. Even if an article is "deleted", a user entrusted with higher level of access may still see what was removed from public view. Information can be permanently deleted by individuals with access to Subsistence Wiki on request. We generally try to permanently delete spam.

User contribution

User contributions are also aggregated and publicly available. User contributions are aggregated according to their registration and login status. Data on user contributions, such as the times at which users edited and the number of edits they have made, are publicly available via user contributions lists, and in aggregated forms published by other users.