Privacy policy

As of March 2022.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of users of the site.

This policy explains what information we gather when you visit our website, and explains how that information is used.

We occasionally update this Policy, so please do return and review this Policy from time to time. We also welcome any suggestions for improvements to this policy or its wording.

Identifying yourself to other users

We provide privacy controls that enable you to avoid your name being shown publicly on the internet while still visible to fellow members in a discussion. These are available on the account details page, and consist of two fields:

The visibility rule described above is used whenever your name is shown to others, e.g.:

As the site is intended for collaborative discussion and working, we think it is helpful to your colleagues to use your real name when identifying yourself. Some groups using the site operate discussions on a real-names basis, so they may require that you identify yourself by your real name.

When starting a discussion thread, a group member can choose whether to make the discussion public or private to the group. The thread page includes a list of people subscribed to the discussion.

Note however that administrators of a group always have access to your real name and e-mail address, for example so that they can administer the membership list of the group effectively.

Your user profile

In order to foster a sense of community, we provide each member of the site with a user profile. This shows only the details you have chosen to enter on the Edit my profile page.

You can disable your user profile at any time (again via the Edit my profile page), so that it is not visible to others.

You can delete your account at any time by clicking on your username and then clicking 'Update my account details'.


In common with most websites, this website uses cookies, which are small pieces of information that are issued to your computer or other internet-enabled device when you visit the website. Cookies are stored by your browser and hard drive and are used to distinguish you from other visitors to the site, for example so that you can log in.

Disclosure and uses of personal information

We won't share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don't pass on your details to other websites.

We use information held about you in the following ways:

We may disclose your personal information to third parties in the following circumstances:

Data collected

In common with most websites, this site automatically logs certain information about every request made of it (see below for more details). This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept for a reasonable period in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

When you fill in a form on the website, you are consenting to our holding it and using it for the purposes for which it was provided.

If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

Logged data

The following data, sent to the website automatically by your web browser, is automatically collected for each page request:

Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes.

Google Analytics

In common with many websites, we may make use of Google Analytics to help us analyse site usage and to improve it. To support this, selected information about your interaction with the site is sent to Google for them to analyse on our behalf.

You are not required to accept the Google Analytics cookie, and your web browser includes controls for this.

For more information about Google Analytics see


Our servers are based in the EU.

All server-level access by authorised personnel is by encrypted means.

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