Policies

Infinite Lives is written and maintained by Jenn Frank. We also feature periodic blogs and retrospectives by our only contributor, Kevin Bunch. Our editorial direction is increasingly fluid.

Expectations for Comments and Community

If this is your first time leaving a comment, only your first comment is held for review. Commenting requires that you leave your email address—we cannot promise that you won’t receive unsolicited spam about the Secret Newsgroup, but it will be used for no other purpose.

Even approved comments may not appear immediately. Don’t panic!

This site supports gravatars and OpenIDs. You may also format your comments using Textile markup language, if you’d like.

Because this site is powered by WordPress, emoticons are also supported.

We recently implemented threaded comments! We’re not sure we like them yet. By all means, please experiment with them! (However, be warned: they only nest yea-far, maybe three replies deep. This is not a glitch.)

As yet, there is no enforceable commenting policy. Our readership is small and friendly and not scary. If that were to change, the new policy will be noted here. Abusive comments will no longer be tolerated. Thus far, comment deletion has been discretionary as per our prejudices. Bans are by IP.

Editorial Transparency

Blog entries have been edited or deleted without warning or reason. Should this site publish guest blogs in the future, this policy will also change.

Now that our site’s writing is accountable to more than one person, blogs will not be deleted, with two exceptions, including that one “Sex in Second Life” entry. (You can still read that entry—and so much more!—for a nominal fee.)

We will draw your attention to most edits.

Advertising

We no longer offer advertising space on Infinite Lives, nor do we run ads elsewhere. Should that policy change, it will be noted here. Note that, if were to ever run ads, data acquired through Google Analytics may be used for retargeting.

Because this is an ad-free operation, you could always donate directly to our hosting bills. (We actually prefer that route.) Preemptive thanks!

Privacy

Infinite Lives does collect some data. Please note that, as this website is very old and out-of-date, the information exchanged between this website and your computer is not encrypted and may not be secure. Our complete privacy policy is located here.

When you leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, as well as your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you do choose to leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments here, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you had visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

This website uses Google Analytics to analyze traffic. You can review Google’s Privacy & Terms webpage and opt-out by using the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

You can circumvent cookies entirely (and better protect your data) by installing browser plugins such as uBlock, AdBlock, Disconnect, Ghostery, and Privacy Badger.