When you register at ThinkClassic (http://www.thinkclassic.org), the information you provide on registration can be seen by administrators. This includes the username and email address. The server also records the last IP address used to access the site. All community forums do this - it's most commonly used for email notifications, group mailing and spam countermeasures, among other board operations. In addition, the web server also records the following information for statistical purposes:
- User's IP address and host name
- User's operating system (eg. Mac OS, Windows, etc.)
- The type of browser used
- The date and time of the visit to the site
- The pages accessed and the documents downloaded
- The referrer site (where applicable)
This information is collected for statistical and forum management purposes only.
When a new user registers here at ThinkClassic, this information is handled automatically by the forum software. The username is entered automatically into the database and a new user record is created. From there, the email address and IP address are automatically checked against a central database called StopForumSpam to see whether the information follows any known patterns used by forum spammers.
Administrators can retrieve an email address after registration is complete. The FluxBB software is designed this way. Generally, we should never have to access it. However, there are three circumstances in which we may choose to:
- If a manual password reset request is received and sufficient identification can be supplied
- If an automatic registration has failed and administrator intervention is required to manually complete the registration process
- If we have reason to believe an account may be problematic, we may choose to inspect the email address and IP address to see if they match any common patterns and if necessary re-run the anti-spam verification against the StopForumSpam database. This may include registrations with 0 posts that contain suspect links in signatures or profiles, new registrations with posts containing only links or irrelevant content and new registrations that immediately post controversial discussion matter without any prior establishment within the community.
Access to Information
In the unlikely event of an investigation, a law enforcement agency or other government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect ThinkClassic's internet service provider's logs.
Use and disclosure of personal information
Personal information provided to ThinkClassic when you send us a message will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it.
Cookies are pieces of information that a website can transfer to an individual's computer hard drive. The information remains on your computer after the Internet session until the expiry time. Cookies are used to identify registered users of our forum when you log on to our forum discussions you can ask for a cookie to remember your password and computer so that you don't need to logon for future sessions.