Privacy Policy

I value my pri­vacy, so it nat­u­rally goes that I value yours too.

What type of data is col­lected?


Webmentions is an open W3 spec­i­fi­ca­tion for so­cial­iz­ing with­out the ne­ces­sity of par­tic­i­pat­ing in so­cial si­los like Facebook, Twitter and so on. It does, how­ever, still make it pos­si­ble to par­tic­i­pate in such si­los while main­tain­ing data own­er­ship.

When you:

  • like, re­ply to, or re­post some­thing
    • on a so­cial plat­form like Twitter or Mastodon (specifically the Fosstodon in­stance),
      • where I have in the tweet/​toot a link to a page or ar­ti­cle of mine,
    • or through your own IndieWeb en­abled web­site,

I get some data about this in­ter­ac­tion through a ser­vice called (if through Twitter or Mastodon), or through your own web­site (if it is IndieWeb en­abled).

To be spe­cific, I re­ceive:

  • your name as spec­i­fied on the ac­count/​your web­site,
  • your user­name on the ser­vice/​your web­site,
  • a photo, if up­loaded or made avail­able,
  • a date and time of the in­ter­ac­tion,
  • the con­tent of the in­ter­ac­tion.

If you would like to have it re­moved from any spe­cific ar­ti­cle or page, please email me along with a link to the ar­ti­cle/​page, and I'll do so on my end.

Guest Comments

When you sub­mit a guest com­ment for any page or ar­ti­cle on my site, I re­ceive an email for mod­er­at­ing your com­ment.

The fol­low­ing data is col­lected/​stored:

  • A sys­tem gen­er­ated date-time when the com­ment was re­ceived
  • The name of the au­thor
  • URL to au­thor's blog or site, if pro­vided
  • Email of the au­thor
  • Comment text writ­ten by the au­thor

Where is the data stored? How is it se­cured?

The com­ment data is pub­lished to my pri­vate GitHub repo.

My GitHub ac­count is pro­tected with a se­cure, ran­domly gen­er­ated pass­word as well as 2FA. Nobody else has read & write ac­cess to the repos­i­tory ex­cept my­self, and the CMS I use for pub­lish­ing ar­ti­cles - Forestry CMS.

How can I re­move my com­ment?

If your com­ment is not ap­proved, it is im­me­di­ately deleted from the repos­i­tory. If your com­ment is ap­proved, the com­ment data is stored on the repos­i­tory.

If you'd like to get it re­moved, please drop me an email and I'll purge the data from the repos­i­tory. The con­tact de­tails are avail­able fur­ther down the page.


I use Plausible Analytics, a pri­vacy-friendly an­a­lyt­ics ser­vice. It is a paid ser­vice and does not sell your data or take any in­ter­est in your data. This is a paid ser­vice, un­like more com­monly used op­tions like Google Analytics, and I pay for my sub­scrip­tion.

I have ac­cess to the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion:

  • num­ber of vis­its on a page, by its perma­link
  • re­fer­ral in­for­ma­tion (which do­main led you to any page on my do­main)
  • a per­cent­age based makeup of which coun­tries I re­ceived vis­i­tors from
  • which links were clicked, but not the user jour­ney

It does not:

  • col­lect per­son­ally iden­ti­fi­able in­for­ma­tion,
  • col­lect your IP ad­dress,
  • track your user jour­ney on my web­site,
  • sell your in­for­ma­tion, or
  • store cook­ies on your browser

What will this in­for­ma­tion be used for and who will have ac­cess to it?

This in­for­ma­tion is used by me for eval­u­at­ing which of my ar­ti­cles or pages re­ceive more at­ten­tion than oth­ers. I also use it to see where my site is be­ing re­ferred to on the web.

Only I have ac­cess to this data. It is pro­tected by a lengthy, ran­domly gen­er­ated pass­word us­ing a pass­word man­ager. The pass­word man­ager it­self is pro­tected by 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication).

How can I opt out?

Please block the sub­do­main goals.rus­ in your ad­blocker. You may find how to do this in your ad­blocker's doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Changes to the pol­icy

The last up­date date of the page, and there­fore the pol­icy, is avail­able to­wards the bot­tom of this page. If the con­tents change, those change will be­come ef­fec­tive from the mo­ment they are pub­lished on the web­site.

Contact Details

If you have any con­cerns about the way your pri­vacy is han­dled, please con­tact me by email at in­box@rus­

This page was last up­dated on 11 July 2020.