- 1 Summary
- 2 Publishing in the FreeDef.org project, and public data
- 3 Identification of an author
- 4 Cookies
- 5 Passwords
- 6 Private logging
- 7 Policy on release of data derived from page logs
- 8 Sharing information with third parties
- 9 Security of information
- 10 E-mail
- 11 User data
- 12 Removal of user accounts
- 13 Deletion of contents
Our published definitions and data write only about the present and recent meanings of words with the purest and only purpose of an explanatory dictionary: help better understanding. FreeDef.org does not take a standpoint in political, religious, racial, derivation or other disputes. We definitely oppose that our articles, data are used either as a quote or other reference to support any other opinion, ideology, racial theory, political or religious ideas. If you only read the pages of FreeDef.org web site, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general. If you contribute to the FreeDef.org project, then each word you post publicly is qualified as publishing. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever. This includes entries, user pages and talk pages, too. Some limited exceptions are described below.
Publishing in the FreeDef.org project, 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 dictionary, you publish a text. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly as the author of that text.
When you publish a page in FreeDef.org, you must be both a registered user of this site properly logged in. Your action to publish the page will be identified by your user name. This may be your real name if you choose so, or you may choose to publish under an assumed name, whatever user name you selected when you created your account. In general, this dictionary cannot be edited by unidentified authors.
The system will set a temporary session cookie (PHPSESSID) whenever you visit the site. If you don’t want to log in, you can disable 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 (and optionally your password) during your next visit. These will be stored for up to 30 days. You can clear these cookies after use if you are using a public machine and don't want to expose your username to later users of the machine. If this case, clear the browser cache as well.
Many aspects of the FreeDef.org 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.
Every time you visit a web site, you send a lot of information to the server. Most servers routinely stores an access logs with a portion of such information, which may be used to get an overall picture of what pages are popular, what other sites link to this one, and what web browsers are people using. It is not the intention of FreeDef.org to use this information to keep track of legitimate users. The data themselves are not published in any form, and are deleted in about two weeks under normal circumstances. Here's a sample of what's logged for one page view:
18.104.22.168 - - [21/Oct/2003:02:03:19 +0000] „GET /wiki/draft_privacy_policy HTTP/1.1” 200 18084 „http://freedef.org/index.php?title=article” „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 badly-behaved web spiders that overload the site. IP addresses of users, derived either from those logs or from records in the database may be used to correlate usernames and network addresses of edits in investigating abuse of the wiki, including the suspected use of malicious duplicate accounts, vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruption of the site.
Policy on release of data derived from page logs
It is the policy of FreeDef.org that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs, or through records in the database may be released by the system administrators or authorized users, in the following cases: 1. In response to a valid legal decision or other compulsory request from law enforcement 2. With permission of the affected user 3. To the management of FreeDef.org, if necessary for investigation of abuse complaints. 4. Where the information belongs to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues. 5. Where the user was corrupting articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to be included in a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers 6. Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of FreeDef.org, its users or the public. FreeDef.org policy does not permit public distribution of such information under any circumstances, except as described above.
Sharing information with third parties
Except where otherwise specified, all text added to FreeDef.org is available for reuse under the legal terms stipulated in this site. FreeDef.org will not sell or share private information with third parties, such as email addresses, unless you agree to release such information, or it is required by law to release the information. In this case, if possible, we will inform the owner of issued data, too.
Security of information
FreeDef.org makes no guarantee against unauthorized access to any information you provide. Such information may be available to anyone with access to the servers.
You may provide your e-mail address in your Preferences and enable other logged-in users to send email to you through the wiki. Your address will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or if the email bounces. The email address may be used by FreeDef.org to communicate with users on a wider scale. If you do not provide an email address, you will not be able to reset your password later if you forget it. However, you may contact one of the FreeDef.org server administrators to enter a new mail address in your preferences. You can remove your email address from your preferences at any time to prevent its usage.
Data on users, such as the times when 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 may be possible to change a username. FreeDef.org does not guarantee that a name will be changed on request. Whether specific user information is deleted is dependent on the deletion policies of the project that contains the information.
Deletion of contents
Removing text from FreeDef.org 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" rights, that is 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.