Xatwiki:Cookies

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This Cookie Statement explains how we use cookies (and other locally stored data technologies), how we use third-party cookies, and how you can manage your cookie options.

The xat wiki actively collects some types of information with a variety of commonly-used technologies. These generally include JavaScript, and a variety of "locally stored data" technologies, such as cookies and local storage.

What is a cookie?[edit]

A "cookie" is a tiny data file that we transfer onto your computer, mobile phone, or any other device that you use to access the xat wiki, and is generally used for authentication and tracking. Every cookie expires after a certain period of time, but that period varies depending on what the cookie is used for and how your browser is configured.

Cookies are often categorized based on how long they remain active before they expire. A "session" cookie is one that generally expires when you close your web browser or mobile application. A "persistent" cookie is one that remains in your device, even after you close your browser or mobile application. A persistent cookie expires according to the duration set by us, or when you delete it manually.

You may remove or disable cookies through your browser settings. For more information on how to manage your cookie options, please see Section 3 of this Cookie Statement below.

What types of cookies does xat wiki use and for what purposes?

Cookies (with exception to __cfduid, which will be deprecated on 10 May 2021) are not required in order to read the xat wiki. We use the information we receive from cookies and other locally-stored data technologies to make your experience with the xat wiki safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and interactions with the xat wiki, and to generally improve our services. Cookies are required in order to log in and for your edits or translations to be associated to your user account.

We use cookies, JavaScript, and other locally-stored data technologies to accomplish different purposes. Below is a list of the categories of cookies we use and what they are used for.

Functionality:

These cookies help the xat wiki work and are essential in order to enable you to move around the xat wiki and use their features. These cookies are useful for remembering your username in the login field, maintaining your session and remembering previous actions, keeping you logged in (if selected), and more.

Here are a few examples:

Name Expires Category What does it do?
__cfduid 30 days. Functionality Helps Cloudflare detect malicious visitors to xat wiki and minimizes blocking legitimate users. Click here for more.
wikiEditor-0-toolbar-section 30 days or until the user chooses to display a different section. Functionality Remembers which wiki editor's toolbar section you had expanded.
wikiToken 365 days, if the user chooses ‘Keep me logged in’. Otherwise omitted. Functionality Provides ‘Keep me logged in’ functionality.
wikiUserID, wikiUserName 365 days, if the user chooses ‘Keep me logged in’. Otherwise 30 days. Functionality Helps identify you to the wiki, and keeps you logged in.
wiki_session, wikimwuser-sessionId When user exits browser. Functionality Manage sessions.

Preferences:

These cookies store your preferences, so that they can be remembered the next time you use the xat wiki, for a more customized experience.  These cookies are useful for recognizing and maintaining your language preference, remembering changes you have made to text size, fonts and other display preferences, so we can provide you with the look and feel that you want, and more.  

Here are a few examples:

Name Expires Category What does it do?
stopMobileRedirect 30 days Preferences Tells us not to redirect to the mobile site if you don’t like that.
uls-preferences Local Storage, not a cookie Preferences Allows you to set preferences for the Universal Language Selector functionality.
hidewatchlistmessage- [watchlistMessageId]
  • where watchlistMessageld is the Id of the message being hidden
28 days Preferences Allows a user to hide a watchlist message.
userFontSize Local Storage, not a cookie Preferences Keeps track of your preferred font size on the mobile site.
preferredEditor Local Storage, not a cookie Preferences Keeps track of your preferred editor on the mobile site.

Third-Party:

We will never use third-party cookies on our wiki unless we get your permission to do so. These cookies would allow us to render services provided by third parties, such as “like” and “share” buttons. When a third party provides these kinds of services, they may require the use of a cookie in order to provide their services.

What are my cookie options?

While this is not a comprehensive list, below are some of the things that you can do to limit use of cookies and other locally-stored data technologies on your device. While cookies and other locally-stored data technologies may not be necessary to use our sites, some features may not function properly if you disable them.

You can:

  • remove or disable specific locally-stored data on your browser’s settings (you can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent);
  • use a browser that can block third-party cookies; or
  • install a plug-in to block locally-stored data, if one is available.
Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.