We make it a policy to collect as little user information as possible. This is to make sure visitors are comfortable browsing around the site, without us or any third parties intruding their privacy–while still keeping spam away for the overall community.

Here is what you should be informed of:

When you leave a comment

In the Commento box, when creating your comment profile, you will be asked for your:

  • Email
  • Real Name
  • Website (Optional)
  • Password

How the data is stored

The information pieces that we store are your name, your email, your comments, website URL (if any) and avatar (if you use Gravatar).

If you sign in using your Google account, your email and password are all handled by Google. We do not have any access, know of nor store any data relevant to it.

How the data is used

If you enable email notifications, you will receive an email informing you when a moderator or another reader replies to your comments. You can opt out of this any time you wish to.

Your text comments and avatars can be seen, up-voted and replied to by other members on the site. You can delete your comments if you need to.

Any comments that are not within our community guidelines may be subjected to deletion without any notice to you by our moderators. We will not edit your comments in any way.

The commenting platform we are using is called Commento

Commento is a privacy-focused commenting platform with a transparent privacy policy that:

has not, does not, and will not gather your personal information to sell to advertisers, third-party trackers, or other organizations.

When you join the ZG Forums

When joining the ZG Forums, you will be asked for your:

  • Email (never shown to the public)
  • Username
  • Name (optional)
  • Password

How the data is stored

The information about your email, username, name and password is stored on our secure database. Only our administrators have access to it and no other third parties do. We do not share, rent or sell your information to any third-party trackers or organizations.

If you choose to sign up with Google, we will have access to your email, username, name, and password (the one you create for this ZG forums account, not your Google account password).

How the data is used

After joining ZG Forums, you can create new topics, like other members' posts, reply to posts, and send private messages to other forums members. Your text posts and avatars can be seen by other users. However, your email is never shown to the public.

You can choose to opt in or out of the email notifications at any time. You can also delete your account, meaning, all of your posts, likes, texts and images will be completely erased from the database. This is permanent and cannot be undone. Our moderators may also suspend or ban members if they post irrelevant information or have inappropriate behavior on the forums.

The forums software we are using is called Discourse

Discourse is a forums platform that strives for civilized, meaningful discussion for people around the web. They have a strong security system that fights spam, scammers, and bots. This is to ensure an enjoyable environment for every member.

Read more about their Privacy Policy.  

When you subscribe to our newsletter

We use Email Octopus to collect email addresses and send out our newsletters. This is a strict platform with manual human reviews for every site application.

After being verified and approved, we are glad integrate them into our environment to ensure a fun, respectful community for all.