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Find out more about cookies and how you can control them

This page contains information on what 'cookies' are, the cookies used by, how to switch cookies off in your browser, how to specifically disable third party advertising cookies, and some useful links for further reading on the subject. If it does not provide the information you were looking for, or you have any further questions about the use of cookies on, please  Contact Us.

What are 'cookies'?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

How does use cookies?

A visit to a page on may generate the following types of cookie:

Site performance cookies
Anonymous analytics cookies
Registration cookies
Third party advertising cookies

Site functionality cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for features on, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:

- when you were last on the site so that we can highlight the posts made since your last visit

Anonymous analytics cookies

Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software generates an anonymous analytics cookie.

These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. No third party cookies are created by our web analytics software.

This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site. It also allows us to understand how easy the website is to use and helps us improve. We publish the overall statistics we gather to help advertisers understand the benefits of advertising on the site. The revenue from advertising helps us pay for the cost of providing the website resources to our members.

Registration cookies

When you register on our site, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not.

Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username.

If you have not selected 'Remember me next time?' your cookies are not saved when you close your browser or shut down your computer.

Third party advertising cookies

A lot of the advertisements you see on <%=thisSitename%> are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once.

The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and has no access to read or write these cookies. These third party advertising cookies may be used by those third parties to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to <%=thisSitename%> and other websites who use the same advertisers.

Other third party cookies

On some pages of the, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by

For example, when you see a link to facebook, twitter or a map on the page, the social network that has created the button or the provider of the map (currently google) may save a cookie based on your interaction with the button or map.

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. This would allow you to visit the site without the use of cookies but many functions on the website would not work - for example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to sign in or post on the forum.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these setttings, visit the All About Cookies website, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

Can I delete the cookies

You can delete the cookies for this site here

Concerned by advertiser cookies?

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to Your Online Choices website.

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative.

They have provided a one-stop place that gathers all of the opt-out controls. Please bear in mind that the are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use at