Forum Cookie Policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information which a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer. The browser then saves the information and sends it back to the website server. When that browser returns to the same website the cookie will recognise the user.

A cookie will typically contain details such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a value which is usually a random unique number as an identifier and the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.

The type of cookies used on this website:

  • Session Cookies: allowing us to “remember” content from page to page (these expire when you leave the website or close the browser).
  • Persistent Cookies: which define “Time To Live” and help us to determine your preferences (these will expire after the “Time To Live” period).

What will a cookie do for me?

Almost every web site that offers advanced features such as online ordering and custom content utilises cookies. forum uses cookies to keep track of whether you are logged in to your account or not and what topics you've read. Each web site utilises unique cookies, which essentially means that the cookies used by one site cannot be used by another.

What if I do not accept cookies?

If you choose not to accept a cookie you will not be able to use the forum and will be blocked from viewing topics.

Why does the forum use cookies: wants to provide a good customer experience on the forum and here's an example of how cookies can allow this to happen:

Managing your account: helps to know that you are logged in and give you access to your account setting etc and helps keep track of what you have already viewed.

Turning off / disallowing / disabling or deleting cookies:

Majority of internet browsers will provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually find how to do this in the help menu for your browser. Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser, but you must disallow otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit a website.

List of the different types of cookies used by

Cookie Type Cookie Name Description Purpose
Session cookieConsent The value yes. It is added when you click to close the cookie warning notice at the top of the page so it will not reappear when you go to another page in the forum. Used to confirm that you are happy to receive cookies from this site.
Session session_id A unique ID Number To identify your session
Persistent forum_read Encoded data Track which forums you have read. Expires in a year.
Session topicsread Encoded data track topics read
Session coppa Numeric data To do with Child safety and US federal law and is not used on this site.
Persistent member_id Numeric value Relates to the users ID when they login. Expires in a year.
Persistent pass_hash Numeric value A hash number. Expires after 7 days.
Persistent Anonlogin Numeric value related to anonymous logins and expires after a year.

Will this policy change?

Our business changes constantly and therefore our policies will need to change to reflect that. You should check our website frequently to see recent changes. Unless stated otherwise our Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you. We will never materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of user information collected in the past without the consent of affected users.