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This page discusses how cookies are used by this site. If you continue to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer by your web browser at the request of a site you’re viewing. This allows the site you’re viewing to remember things about you, such as your preferences and history, or to keep you logged in.

Cookies may be stored on your computer for a short time (such as only while your browser is open) or for an extended period of time, even years. Cookies not set by this site will not be accessible to us.

Our cookie usage

This site uses cookies for numerous things, including:

  • Registration and maintaining your preferences. This includes ensuring that you can stay logged in and keeping the site in the language or appearance that you requested.
  • Analytics. This allows us to determine how people are using the site and improve it.
  • Advertising cookies (possibly third-party). If this site displays advertising, cookies may be set by the advertisers to determine who has viewed an ad or similar things. These cookies may be set by third parties, in which case this site has no ability to read or write these cookies.
  • Other third-party cookies for things like Facebook or Twitter sharing. These cookies will generally be set by the third party independently, so this site will have no ability to access them.

Additional cookies and those set by third parties

Additional cookies may be set during the use of the site to remember information as certain actions are being performed, or remembering certain preferences.

Other cookies may be set by third-party service providers which may provide information such as tracking anonymously which users are visiting the site, or set by content embedded into some pages, such as YouTube or other media service providers.

Removing/disabling cookies

Managing your cookies and cookie preferences must be done from within your browser’s options/preferences. Here is a list of guides on how to do this for popular browser software:

More information about cookies

Standard cookies we set

NamePurpose
Essential cookies
These cookies are required to enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may not reject these.
xf___crossTabThis local storage item is used to store information used to communicate across tabs, such as the current cross-site request forgery token.
xf_cacheKeyThis local storage item is used to store the cache key used for offline storage items.
xf_consentThis cookie is used to store a user’s cookie consent preferences.
xf_csrfThis cookie is used to store a user’s cross-site request forgery token, preventing other applications from making malicious requests on the user’s behalf.
xf_dbWriteForcedThis cookie is used to indicate that the request should be completed using the write-only database server.
xf_editorDisabledThis local storage item is used to store whether or not a user has the rich text editor enabled.
fr-copied-htmlThis local storage item is used to store a user’s copied rich text when pasting into the text editor.
fr-copied-textThis local storage item is used to store a user’s copied plain text when pasting into the text editor.
xf_guestUsernameThis local storage item is used to store a guest user’s username.
xf_inline_mod_*These cookies are used to store a user’s currently selected inline moderation items.
xf_language_idThis cookie is used to store a user’s selected language.
xf_lbSidebarDisabledThis local storage item is used to store whether or not a user has toggled the lightbox sidebar.
xf_lsThis cookie is used to store a user’s local storage contents in the event their browser does not support the native local storage mechanism.
xf_multiQuote*These local storage items are used to store a user’s multi-quote selections.
xf_notice_dismissThis cookie is used to store a user’s dismissed notices.
xf_push_history_user_idsThis local storage item is used to store which users on this device have enabled push notifications.
xf_push_notice_dismissThis cookie is used to determine whether or not a user has dismissed the push notification notice.
xf_push_subscription_updatedThis cookie is used to determine if a user’s push subscription preferences have been updated.
xf_sessionThis cookie is used to store a user’s session identifier.
xf_style_idThis cookie is used to store a user’s selected style.
xf_tfa_trustThis cookie is used to determine if a user has previously chosen to trust this device without requiring further two-step verification for a period of time.
xf_toggleThis cookie and local storage item are used to store a user’s preferences for toggling various controls open or closed.
xf_userThis cookie is used to store a user’s “remember me” token, allowing their credentials to persist across multiple sessions.
xf_visitorCountsThis local storage item is used to store counts of a user’s unread conversations and alerts.

Optional cookies

We deliver enhanced functionality for your browsing experience by setting these cookies. If you reject them, enhanced functionality will be unavailable.
xf_emoji_usageThis cookie is used to store which emojis a user has recently used when composing a message.
xf_from_searchThis cookie is used to track when a user has arrived on the site from a search engine.

Third-party cookies

Cookies set by third parties may be required to power functionality in conjunction with various service providers for security, analytics, performance or advertising purposes.
Apple MusicThese cookies are set by Apple Music, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
DailymotionThese cookies are set by Dailymotion, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
FacebookThese cookies are set by Facebook, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
FlickrThese cookies are set by Flickr, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
GiphyThese cookies are set by Giphy, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
ImgurThese cookies are set by Imgur, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
InstagramThese cookies are set by Instagram, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
MetaThese cookies are set by Meta, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
PinterestThese cookies are set by Pinterest, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
RedditThese cookies are set by Reddit, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
SoundCloudThese cookies are set by SoundCloud, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
SpotifyThese cookies are set by Spotify, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
StripeThese cookies are set by Stripe, and may be used for processing payments.
TikTokThese cookies are set by TikTok, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
TumblrThese cookies are set by Tumblr, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
TwitchThese cookies are set by Twitch, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
TwitterThese cookies are set by Twitter, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
VimeoThese cookies are set by Vimeo, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
YouTubeThese cookies are set by YouTube, and may be used for analytics, verifying legitimate traffic, or other embedded content.

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