|Please see our new information on user IPs/hostnames.|
As you may have noticed, VoyForums asks a bit of information about you when you sign up for a forum or create a member account. This information, which you provide, includes basic identifying information such as your name, gender, birthdate, country, zipcode, occupation, challenge questions, etc. As of yet, this has been primarily used for account verification and authenticity, while it also may be useful for advertisement-placing and, in general, that we may know a bit about the members of VoyForums. For member accounts, this information may be chosen, by the user, to be displayed in a "public profile". Visitors web-browsers also report standard information which may be retained in logs or other records such as posts and account information. This information includes but is not limited to: IP addresses, referrer URLs, and sometimes proxy forward information. Information provided by you can be edited in the forum admin area, or member login area. In the case that this information is not editable online, such as when a user posts anonymously, the present options available to modify or remove that information primarily include contacting the admin, for instance, to remove your message or make it publically unavailable ("unapprove" it), or to contact VoyForums directly.
VoyForums policy is to keep information belonging to a forum admin or users private; for instance, information like the e-mail address, zip code, etc. are not made available to the public, although the admin may choose to display information, such as IPs, or the member may choose which information is publicly available.
We ask minimal information, and will release this only if we deem it necessary, as is the case with court orders, or to track users who are threats to our system. It is our general policy to provide notice of subpoenas, court orders, or other requests or demands for information provided by you or your computers. This notice may be private, or public if means of private notice fail or are unavailable, or the matter requires public attention as determined by Voyager's sole discretion and in good faith.
We do not sell lists of e-mail addresses -- these are collected for purposes like account activity (lost passwords, verification, etc.) and for periodic e-mails related to VoyForums.
User-Accountability and User IP/host information-release:
VoyForums keeps IP/host information from users visiting and posting messages -- this information may be displayed in a forum at the forum admin's option. Admins may also select to make name and e-mail addresses public or anonymous.
Additionally, the abuse of our system for anonymous posting of messages has forced us to consider releasing IP/host information of users, at our sole discretion, at the request of complaining users in cases deemed necessary by Voyager. Previously, while our policy has always allowed for this, we had a rule to only release this information upon police or court order. However, the IP information is and has never been considered private, for an admin can at any time set a forum to display such information publically. Our main reason for the possible release of IP/hostname information is to increase on the quality of our system by enforcing user-responsibility and accountability for their own posted content. Please be advised, attempts to hide your IP/host for the purpose of posting content in violation of our User Agreement is considered a violation of this policy. Please understand that VoyForums is a private system and it is a tedious chore for the few of us to maintain, improve, manage, and at the same time support and babysit when our agreement or policy are violated. By performing such activities, you are making our lives more difficult and suppressing our abilities to provide this free service to the public.
Forum and message deletion:
Forums and/or messages may be deleted at any time by the forum admin.
Because advertisements are loaded from advertisers, visitors' systems connect to their machines and, thus, our advertisers may know what IP address a visitor uses -- this basically means they may know your Internet Provider or hostname.
More information is covered in our User Agreement.