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Our Privacy Policy
To view this site, you do not need to identify yourself.

But if you wish to leave information on this site, you will have to identify yourself. For example, to add information and photographs to this site, correct errors, or leave comments.

To identify yourself you need to provide your name (can be fictitious, but see below), the town and state or province you live in (can also be fictitious), and an email address.

The email address will be used to
    1. Send you your password if you forget it,

    2. Send you notice when your submission is published.

    3. Contact you if the Editor wants to ask you a question about information or photographs of a historical marker you have added to the database.
So while you can enter a fictitious email address, you may regret it later, especially if you forget your password. If you do use a fictitious email address, please choose one that you are sure is invalid so you do not accidentally cause us to harass someone else when we try to send you an email message.

The name and town you enter will be used to acknowledge your contributions to the database, except that for every submission you will be given the choice of using the word "Anonymous" in its place if you prefer. So you are encouraged to use your real name because you will always have the option of remaining anonymous.

The identifying information discussed above (name, town, state or province, and email address) will not be used for any other reason. It will not be sold or given to anyone else. And we will not email you unless you ask us to or we have a question pertaining directly to a submission you made to this site.

Finally, you may accidentally or on purpose provide other identifying information in the information or photographs you upload to the database. All data you upload to the database, when approved by the editor, becomes public information visible by any and all visitors to this site. And the information on this site could find itself elsewhere. When you submitted information to this database you gave a perpetual and irrevocable license for its use. So be careful, because you can't retract it.

If you have questions or a dispute regarding the use of personally identifiable information please contact the Editor.
Cookies
To view this site, you do not need to have "cookies" enabled.

But if you need to identify yourself to this site for the reasons listed in the previous section, this site will attempt to leave a "cookie" on your computer and if it can't, those particular pages will not work correctly.

"Cookie" is the technical term (believe it or not) for a small piece of information that a web page can request to leave on your computer. Some pages on this site attempt to leave a cookie on your computer. This cookie has no personal information in it. It has a randomly generated Session ID number, the current date and time, and other brief pieces of data.

Pages that allow you to upload information, and pages that show information you previously deposited on our site, ask to see that cookie before they display. If the cookie is missing, the session ID is invalid or if the date and time in the cookie is stale, you will be asked to sign in again.

If you have configured your browser to prohibit cookies in general or our cookie in particular, then our site can never show you the pages that require you to identify yourself.

So if our site seems to be "broken" because it repeatedly asks you to sign in and does not give you any error message (such as "your password is invalid"), it most likely means that you are not allowing cookies to be stored.

The cookie is also used for the optional page navigation system. If cookies are enabled and a search results in more than one marker, Next and Previous buttons will appear on each marker page to take you from one marker page to another without your having to return to the search page repeatedly.
 


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