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

  • Nickname
  • Email
  • Website (Optional)
  • Password

How the data is stored

The information pieces we store are your nickname, email, comments, website URL, avatar (if you use Gravatar), and IP address.

The IP address information is solely used to prevent spam and limit commenting frequency.

All of this data is stored on our leancloud.app application. Only us the admin have the credentials to access them.

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 and replied to by other members on the site.

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

The commenting platform we are using is called Waline

Waline is a small commenting project developed by lizheming. It is inspired by Valine and is simply Valine With a backend.

Described in their own words, Waline is a really safe, really fast and lightweight commenting system.

So as users you can enjoy good conversations without worrying about data leakage or privacy.

We use it here to support the author and provide a way that feels natural and convenient for people to leave their thoughts & ideas.

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 browse through the pages on this website

We use Matomo, a privacy-focused analytics platform, for tracking and analytics. The information gathered is solely used to improve user's experience on the site.

Here is their Privacy Policy.

We are currently testing Ackee, an analytics tool with the slogan "Track without being tracked". We believe their self-introduction says it best:

Ackee is a self-hosted analytics tool that cares about privacy. We believe that you don't need to track every aspect of your visitors. Ackee keeps tracked data anonymized to avoid that users are identifiable, while still providing helpful insights. It's the right tool for everyone who doesn't need a full-featured marketing analytics platform like Google Analytics or Matomo.

As such, here is their Privacy Policy. For now, Ackee is not working out quite nicely though. So we are using Matomo.