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NOTE: This policy applies to the Wiki portions of the Wyoming Section ARRL (Wysect) web site and the Wysect discussion board - even if the wording doesn't clearly say that

Publishing and public data

Simply visiting any of the Wysect web resources does not expose your identity publicly.

When you edit any page in the Wysect wiki or post to the discussion board, you are publishing a document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author.

Identification of an author

When you publish or edit a page in the Wysect wiki or post on the discussion board, you must be logged in.

You will be identified by your user name. This may be your real name if you so choose, or you may choose to publish under a pseudonym, whatever user name you selected when you created your account. Once you've selected your username and published or edited an atricle - your user name can not be changed.


The Wysect wiki will set a temporary session cookie (PHPSESSID) whenever you visit the site. If you do not intend to ever log in, you may deny this cookie, but you cannot log in without it. It will be deleted when you close your browser session.

More cookies may be set when you log in, to avoid typing in your user name (or optionally password) on your next visit. These last up to 30 days. You may clear these cookies after use if you are using a public machine and don't wish to expose your username to future users of the machine. (If so, clear the browser cache as well.)


Many aspects of the Wysect web resources depend on the reputation and respect that is built up through a history of valued contributions. User passwords are the only guarantee of the integrity of a user's edit history. All users are encouraged to select strong passwords and to never share them. No one shall knowingly expose the password of another user to public release either directly or indirectly.

Access Logging

Every time you visit any web page on the Internet, you send a lot of information to that web server. Most web servers routinely maintain access logs with a portion of this information, which can be used to get an overall picture of what pages are popular, what other sites link to this one, and what web browsers people are using. It is not the intention of wysect to use this information to keep track of legitimate users.

Here's an sample of what might be logged for a hypothetical page view: - - [21/Oct/2005:02:03:19 +0000]
"GET /wiki/draft_privacy_policy HTTP/1.1" 200 18084
"Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/85.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/85.5"

Log data may be examined by the System Operator in the course of solving technical problems, in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders that overwhelm the site, or very rarely to correlate usernames and network addresses of edits in investigating abuse of the wiki.

Release of data derived from server access logs

It is the policy of Wysect that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs will not be released by the site operators who have access to it, except as follows:

  1. In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement
  2. With permission of the affected user
  3. To the operator of the Wysect web site, his legal counsel, or his designee, when necessary for investigation of abuse complaints.
  4. Where the information pertains to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues.
  5. Where the user has been vandalizing articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers
  6. Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Wysect or the public.

Wysect policy does not permit public distribution of such information under any circumstances, except as described above.

Sharing information with third parties

Except where otherwise specified, all text added to the Wysect wiki is available for reuse under the terms of the a Creative Commons License.

Wysect will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless you - the involved user - agree to release this information, or it is required by law to release the information.

Security of information

Wysect makes no guarantee against unauthorized access to any information you provide. This information will be available to all System Operators and Developers with access to the servers.


You may provide your e-mail address in your Preferences and enable other logged-in users to send email to you through the wiki. Your address will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or possibly if the email bounces. The email address may be used by Wysect to communicate with users on a wider scale.

If you do not provide an email address, you will not be able to reset your password if you forget it. You must have a validated email address in your preferences to edit the wiki.

You can remove your email address from your preferences at any time to prevent it being used, but you will also loose edit privleges.

The discussion board may allow non-members to view your email address, depending on your profile settings. Exposure is controlled by you, not Wysect. If you'd like help with your profile settings or clarification - please ask.

Deletion of content

Removing text from the Wysect wiki does not permanently delete it. In normal articles, anyone can look at a previous version and see what was there. If an article is "deleted", any sysop/administrator, meaning almost anyone trusted not to abuse the deletion capability, can see what was deleted. Only a developer can permanently delete information from the Wikimedia projects and there is no guarantee this will happen except in response to legal action.


The General Disclaimer