Last Updated: 1-20-2016
Summary[edit | edit source]
If you only read TMBW.Net, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general.
If you contribute to TMBW.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 talk pages. TMBW's policy is that we will NOT delete specific revisions of content upon author request.
Publishing on the wiki and public data[edit | edit source]
Simply visiting the web site does not expose your identity publicly (but see private logging below). When you edit any page in the wiki, you are publishing a document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author.
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When you publish a page in the wiki, you may be logged in or not.
If you are logged in, 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.
If you have not logged in, you will be identified by your network IP address. This is a series of four numbers which identifies the Internet address from which you are contacting the wiki. Depending on your connection, this number may be traceable only to a large Internet service provider, or specifically to your school, place of business, or home. It may be possible that the origin of this IP address could be used in conjunction with any interests you express implicitly or explicitly by editing articles to identify you even by private individuals.
It may be either difficult or easy for a motivated individual to connect your network IP address with your real-life identity. Therefore if you are very concerned about privacy, you may wish to log in and publish under a pseudonym.
When using a pseudonym, your IP address will not be available to the public except in cases of abuse, including vandalism of a wiki page by you or by another user with the same IP address. In all cases, your IP address will be stored on the wiki servers and can be seen by TMBW.Net server administrators and by users who have been granted "CheckUser" access. Your IP address, and its connection to any usernames that share it may be released under certain circumstances (see below).
Cookies[edit | edit source]
The wiki will set a temporary session cookie (PHPSESSID) whenever you visit the site. If you do not intend to ever log in, you may deny this cookie, but you cannot log in without it. It will be deleted when you close your browser session.
More cookies may be set when you log in, to avoid typing in your user name (or optionally password) on your next visit. 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.)
Passwords[edit | edit source]
Many aspects of the TMBW.Net 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.
Private logging[edit | edit source]
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. TMBW also logs specific events, such as when you click through to purchase an item from a third party. It is not the intention of TMBW.Net 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. As mentioned previously, TMBW.Net utilizes Google Analytics as its statistics and analysis program.
Sharing information with third parties[edit | edit source]
TMBW.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.
Note that TMBW.Net is supported via commission sharing / affiliation projects. Links to the following services on our site may transmit some information to these vendors, to allow them to track and make payment for purchases. For additional info on a specific affiliate, refer to the list below:
URL Shortening[edit | edit source]
Social Media[edit | edit source]
TMBW.Net maintains a presence on the social media networks Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to "follow" or "like" TMBW on those networks, below are links to the respective site's privacy statements:
User data[edit | edit source]
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.
Deletion of content[edit | edit source]
Removing text from TMBW.Net 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 wiki, 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.
Show Notifications[edit | edit source]
The "Tell A Friend" functionality on our Shows page allows you to send a notification to a friend's email, about an upcoming show. We do not capture, log, nor sell any of the email addresses provided by this tool.
In addition, if you sign up for Email Alerts for upcoming shows, we require you to enter your city, state, and email address. This information is used solely for the purpose of sending you notifications of upcoming They Might Be Giants shows in your area, and will not be shared with anyone nor sold.