#1: Many cookie programs are not particularly interested
in your name, except perhaps for silly messages like "Welcome,
Alex". It is not reasonable
for most non-commercial sites to require or actually validate a
"real" user name. The general rule of thumb should
be: is anything of monetary value being exchanged here? For most
non-commercial sites that issue cookies, a unique anonymous id number
should satisfy most content control issues.
Factoid #2: Commercial
sites where money is exchanged for goods or services, in which you
are actually transacting business, may require your legal name,
but this should only be on a "secure site" (encrypted).
Summitlake.com does not transact business and has no need of being
a "secure site". If we ever encrypt anything, we'll let
you know upfront.
Factoid #3: So far as
we know, it is impossible (or least very impractical) to distinguish
between a user who has never had a cookie, from a user who rejects
them. To get a better idea why, check out the URL listing under
When we surf, we may leave much less of an
audit trail than the media leads us to believe. This fact, as much
as any other, led directly to the "popularity" of cookies
among those who run websites.
Privacy 3: Although it
is almost impossible to transact business on the internet without
cookies or passwords, some people strenuously object to cookies
as an invasion of their privacy. This right must be respected.
Privacy 4: To see what
information your ISP transmits when your browser requests a web
page, please click on the following URL now:
You should be able to see a display of the entire packet your browser
sends when it requests a page. In particular, the variable named
REMOTE_USER would give
your username if available. You should verify that it lists as Not
Defined; very few ISP's will still supply this information any more.
content posted on this site. Content on this site is generally available
for viewing by anyone, unless protected by password or server permissions.
Privileges to add, modify or delete any content on this site will
require either (1) user acceptance of "cookies", or (2)
a login procedure consisting of a username and password. In many
cases, we will make an effort to supply both options.
The simplest option is to set your browser to accept cookies, or
notify you before sending or accepting cookies, which is what you
and most users have already been doing all along.
If you reject either option, you are still free to browse content
that is not otherwise restricted. Or, you may write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exceptions to our policy may be denied at our discretion, or, there
may be no coding mechanism in place to support such an exception.
It should go without saying that posting of blatantly inappropriate
content in update areas of this site is not tolerated, but we're
saying it anyway. We call the shots in this regard, and reserve
the right to do so.
Summitlake "Open Door"
needs to be taken seriously and to be better understood, we took
first, and making our standards public, before completing the actual
programming code to implement it.
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