This is in the commentary section because it’s a commentary more so than a privacy statement. I don’t need a privacy statement because there is nothing about MMHP that is hidden or underhanded. It is a straightforward, traditional website, like the ones you used to see back in yesteryear. But for the record, here’s my privacy statement:
I do not collect information about any of my visitors except as mentioned below. The server does keep record of who visits from where when, but I almost never actually look at the logs, and besides, all servers do this, so there’s nothing unusual about the fact. I don’t use people’s IP addresses or anything like that. Here is what I do store:
- If someone e-mails me directly, I get their e-mail address as entered into their e-mail program. This is standard and happens when someone mails anyone. A person could hide their address if they wanted by not inputting it into their e-mail program, and I wouldn’t care. I don’t gather addresses, and I use them only for replying to the e-mail.
- If someone sends a message via a contact form, I get the person’s name or e-mail address only if they specifically type it into the form, and this is optional. Again, I use this information only in the event I need to reply to the mail, or to credit someone on MMHP.
- People who submit MIDIs or other material are credited by name or nickname (whichever they provide to me). They also have the option to have their credit be a link to their e-mail address or website. Again, this is optional. People can be as anonymous as they desire.
It’s sad that companies have to have privacy statements on their websites now—sad because this situation is completely due to the sheer amount of abuse out there on the Internet. It’s even more sad that most advertisements and particularly spam mail utterly insult my intelligence. I mean if you’re going to clutter up my mailbox with useless trash, you could at least appear to have a mature brain in your head, rather than looking like a 5-year-old who just got hold of the keyboard. Why is it that people feel compelled to use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and no less than five exclamation points in a row? Why is it people feel compelled to try to sell me illegal things like cable decoders or pyramid schemes? Or think they can solve my nonexistent sex life or keep my nonexistent husband from snoring? How immature do these people think that I am? The idiocy of it all sometimes dumbfounds me.
Needless to say, The Mega Man Home Page was founded back in a time when advertisements on the World Wide Web were unheard-of and you never got unsolicited e-mail from moronic companies. Back when the time spent downloading a web page was spent actually downloading the page, rather than spent waiting for ad servers to respond and send ad banners. The Mega Man Home Page is created by me, a single person—not a group, not a staff, not a company. It is a non-profit site; I don’t earn any money from it and in fact I lose money when I have to pay for server costs or other fees. I do it because I love doing it, not because I want to make a quick buck. I intend to hold to this tradition, to keep MMHP clean from immature advertisements and dubious methodologies. For as long as I am in control, The Mega Man Home Page is and will always remain a free and safe repository of information about one of the greatest game series of all time.