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cookie policy

what are cookies?
It is common practice for websites to use cookies. This page describes what they do, how the site may use them, and how you can prevent cookies from being stored. For general information on cookies see Wikipedia: HTTP Cookie
how the site uses cookies
Although we try to minimise the number of cookies on the site, cookies are in use for a variety of reasons. In most cases there are no options for disabling cookies without disabling the functionality they provide. If you are not sure whether you need them or not it is recommended that you accept all cookies, in case they provide a service that you use.
disabling cookies
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your web browser (see its 'Help' menu or settings for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and other websites you visit, and will usually disable certain functionality and features.
how cookies may be used
account cookies
If you create an account with us (in the forum, for example) the site will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out, however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences for when you log in again.
login cookies
The site may use cookies when you are logged in to remember your account status so you don't have to log in every time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out, to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.
email
This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered, and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed or unsubscribed users.
shopping and payments
This site offers e-commerce or payment facilities and some cookies are essential to ensure that your order is remembered between pages so that the server can process it properly. ex: Mal's e‑commerce | Paypal
surveys
We may occasionally offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to better understand our visitors. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages.
forms
When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.
site preferences
In order to provide you with a great experience on this site may provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences the site would need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page is affected by your preferences.
third party cookies
The site also uses cookies provided by third parties. Some are related to the site content, others to the providers or servers of that content.
Google Analytics
Google Analytics is one of the most widely used and trusted analytics solutions for helping to understand how visitors use a website, and may track things such as time spent on the site and pages visited. ex: Google Analytics | DoubleClick
site performance and security
The website hosting service uses cookies to both speed up delivery of content and help protect their servers from attack. ex: Cloudflare
testing; one, two
From time to time we may test new features and make changes to the way that the site is delivered. When testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience, while ensuring we understand which features our users appreciate the most.
other
Social media and other content providers will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies, which we encourage you to search out and read. ex: Youtube | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter | etc.
If you aren't sure whether you need cookies or not it's usually safer to accept them so you have access to all the features on the websites you visit.