Last updated: June 2019
This website's mission is to support programmers and book readers. It does not sell products online, insert advertising on any of its pages, or directly interface with advertising APIs of any kind. To help focus limited content-creation resources on popular pages and topics, this website does collect two types of visitor information:
In both cases, this information is completely anonymous, and is not associated with an individual user. It is used only to allocate development time to pages that merit attention, and is never shared with any third party (apart from a mid-2018 traffic summary here). The following sections go into more detail on the two types of information collected.
In short, this means that the lower digits of your IP address shipped in network headers are discarded immediately on receipt by Google's servers, and never used in processing or stored in Google's databases. This anonymization step may reduce the accuracy of geolocation information, but is crucial for privacy: without it, your page visits could be tied to you directly, and might be covertly used for advertising and other profiling.
Of course, this scheme relies on Google to be true to its word on IP-address handling (and truth is not always a moral imperative for billion-dollar companies). If Google Analytics ever proves to be a profiling Trojan horse, this site will switch to an open-source alternative such as Matomo. Such systems reduce analytics privacy perils by cutting out third-party data collection and storage and are broadly recommended, but this site's development and performance budgets preclude a preemptive switch.
This site also hosts a script that may help with adding anonymization to other sites, and strongly recommends ad blockers for using the web in general; even though IP addresses are obscured here, they probably won't be elsewhere.
This site uses a custom search system that inputs and saves a textual search term you explicitly provide, and passes the term on for processing to a search engine you explicitly choose. This system is fully open source: you can view the search page, the page's raw HTML, and the script that processes your request on this site's server. This site's use of HTTPS also protects the privacy of your input during transmission.
The search term you provide, along with the date and time of the search, is stored in a simple file at this website. This file records only the search term and date/time; records no information about you; is accessible only to this website's owner; is not accessible on the web at large; and is never shared with any other parties.
As described in the search page, your search term is also passed on to a selected search provider by an HTTP redirect, and this site has no control over the term after the redirect occurs. Although no extra or personal information is sent to the search engine, running a search on this site has the same privacy characteristics as submitting your search term on your chosen search provider's site. Please search with care.