MusicWiki Detroit:Privacy policy

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Welcome

Musicwiki Detroit is founded on a simple, but powerful principle: we can do more together than any of us can do alone. We cannot work collectively without gathering, sharing, and analyzing information about our users as we seek new ways to make Musicwiki Detroit more useable, safer, and more beneficial.

We believe that information-gathering and use should go hand-in-hand with transparency. This Privacy Policy explains how Musicwiki Detroit, collects, uses, and shares information we receive from you through your use of the site. It is essential to understand that, by using the Musicwiki Detroit Site, you consent to the collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. That means that reading this Policy carefully is important.

We believe that you shouldn't have to provide personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement. You do not have to provide things like your real name, address, or date of birth to sign up for a standard account or contribute content to Musicwiki Detroit.

We do not sell or rent your public or nonpublic information, nor do we give it to others to sell you anything. We use it to figure out how to make the Musicwiki Detroit more engaging and accessible, to see which ideas work, and to make learning and contributing more fun. Put simply: we use this information to make Musicwiki Detroit better for you.

After all, it's people like you, who make it possible for Musicwiki Detroit to not only exist, but also grow and thrive.

Account Information & Registration

Want to create an account? Great! Don't want to create an account? No problem!

You are not required to create an account to read or browse Musicwiki Detroit, except under rare circumstances. However, if you want to contribute, create or edit any existing pages we require you to create a free account at this time. The reasoning behind this is to prevent drive-by defacing of pages.

If you want to create a standard account, in most cases we require only a username and a password. Your username will be publicly visible, so please be careful about using your real name as your username. Your password is only used to verify that the account is yours. Your IP address is also automatically submitted to us, and we record it temporarily to help prevent abuse. No other personal information is required: no name, no email address, no date of birth, no credit card information.

Once created, user accounts cannot be removed entirely (although you can usually hide the information on your user page if you choose to). This is because your public contributions must be associated with their author (you!). So make sure you pick a name that you will be comfortable with for years to come.

To gain a better understanding of the demographics of our users, to localize our services, and to learn how we can improve our services, we may ask you for more demographic information, such as gender or age, about yourself. We will tell you if such information is intended to be public or private, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to provide us with that information. Providing such information is always completely optional. If you don't want to, you don't have to—it's as simple as that.

You have the option of providing an email address at the time of registration or in later interactions with the Wikimedia Sites. If you do so, your email address is kept confidential, except as provided in this Policy. We do not sell, rent, or use your email address to advertise third-party products or services to you.

Information We Collect

We actively collect some types of information with a variety of commonly-used technologies. These generally include tracking pixels, JavaScript, and a variety of "locally stored data" technologies, such as cookies and local storage. We realize that some of these technologies do not have the best reputation in town and can be used for less-than-noble purposes. So we want to be as clear as we can about why we use these methods and the type of information we collect with them.

Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data can be anything from text, pictures, and whole articles (as we explain further below) to personal information (like your IP address) and information about your use of Musicwiki Detroit (like your username or the time of your visit).

We use this information to make your experience with Musicwiki Detroit safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with the Wikimedia Sites, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by another user or administrator), please report it to us at musicwikideroit.org@gmail.com

Locally stored data, JavaScript, and tracking pixels help us do things like:

Provide you with a personalized experience, such as using cookies to know your language preference, to remember the user preferences you set so we can provide you with the customized look and feel that you want, and to tell you about interesting Wikimedia issues and events in your area. Deliver more relevant content to you faster. For example, we may use local storage to store your most recently read articles directly on your device, so they can be retrieved quickly. Also, we may use cookies to learn about the topics searched so that we can optimize the search results we deliver to you. Understand how you use Musicwiki Detroit so that we know what works and what is useful. For example, we might use cookies to learn about the list of articles you are following on your watchlist so that we can recommend similar articles that you may be interested in. Understand how you use the Musicwiki Detroit Site across different devices, so that we can make our Musicwiki Detroit Site more efficient and effective for you. Make Musicwiki Detroit more convenient to use, such as by using cookies to maintain your session when you log in or to remember your username in the login field.

We believe this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. You can learn more about some options you have in our FAQ. While locally stored data may not be necessary to use our sites, some features may not function properly if you disable locally stored data.

While the examples above concerning information about you collected through the use of data collection tools are kept confidential in accordance with this Policy, please note that some information about the actions taken by your username is made publicly available through public logs alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the date your account was created on the Musicwiki Detroit along with the dates that other accounts were created on Musicwiki Detroit. Information available through public logs will not include personal information about you.

Emails

We use your email address to let you know about things that are happening with Musicwiki Detroit, such as telling you important information about your account, letting you know if something is changing about the Site or policies, and alerting you when there has been a change to an article that you have decided to follow. Please note that if you email us, we may keep your message, email address, and any other information you provide us, so that we can process and respond to your request.

You can choose to limit some of these kinds of notifications, like those alerting you if an article changes. Others, such as those containing critical information that all users need to know to participate successfully in the Site, you may not be able to opt out of. You can manage what kinds of notifications you receive and how often you receive them by going to your Notifications Preferences. You can learn more about email and notifications and how to change your preferences in our FAQ.

We will never ask for your password by email (but may send you a temporary password via email if you have requested a password reset). If you ever receive an email ask for your password, please let us know by sending it to musicwikidetroit.org@gmail.com, so we can investigate the source of the email.

Direct communications between users (such as messages sent through the "Email this user" feature), to the extent such communications are nonpublic and stored in or in transit through Musicwiki Detroit systems, are kept confidential by us, except as provided in this Policy.

Because You Made It Public

Any information you post publicly on the Musicwiki Detroit is just that – public. For example, if you put your mailing address on your talk page, that is public, and not protected by this Policy. Please think carefully about your desired level of anonymity before you disclose personal information on your user page or elsewhere.