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
  • 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.

Standard cookies we set

These are the main cookies we set during normal operation of the software.

  • xf_csrf
    • Stores a token, unique to you, which is used to verify that the
      actions you perform on this site were intended to be performed by you.
  • xf_session
    • Stores the current ID of your session.
  • xf_user
    • Stores a key, unique to you, which allows us to keep you logged in to the software as you navigate from page to page.

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

To learn more about cookies, and find more information about blocking certain types of cookies, please visit the ICO website Cookies page.