Who I am

Hello. My name is Steve Dowe, and this website address is: https://dowe.io.

This page describes my website’s privacy policy.

Your Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site it collects the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Your Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, it will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, this site will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email. Control over portions of this site is permitted to WordPress.com, through which comments may be visible via the Jetpack service. Apart from these facilities, your data is not shared with any other organisation directly from this site.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Features of this site are described in the following sections.

Semantic Linkbacks

For received webmentions, pingbacks and trackbacks, such as responding to a post or article, this site stores information retrieved from the source in order to provide a richer comment. Items such as author name and image, summary of the text, etc may be stored if present in the source and are solely to provide richer comments. We will remove any of this on request.

Syndication Links

Syndication Links, which are links to the same content on other sites, may be displayed on comments, but only if supplied by the submitter or if your comment was generated by webmention, if they appear on your site.


Webmentions are an explicit feature of your content management system: by sending a webmention to the webmention endpoint of this website, you request the server to take notice of that referral and process it. As long as public content is concerned (i.e. you are not sending a private webmention), such use of this website’s webmention endpoint implies that you are aware of it being published.
You can at any time request the removal of one or all webmentions originating from your website.


Incoming Webmentions are handled as a request to process personal data that you make available by explicitly providing metadata in your website’s markup.


An incoming Webmention request is by design a request for publishing a comment from elsewhere on the web; this is what the protocol was designed for and why it is active on your website.

Personal data

The Webmention plugin processes the following data (if available):
Your name
The profile picture from your website
The URL of your website
Personal information you include in your post


Users can optionally add additional information to their profile. As this is part of your user profile you have control of this information and can remove it at your discretion.

Simple Location

Location and weather data is optionally stored for all posts, attachments, and comments. Location data is extracted from uploaded images along with other metadata. This data can be removed prior to uploading if you do not wish this to be stored. There are options to display this information or hide it.

Post Kinds

For responses to URLs, such as responding to a post or article, this site allows the storage of data around the post/article in order to generate a rich citation. Items such as author name and image, summary of the text, embed provided by third-party site, etc may be stored and are solely to provide this context. We will remove any of this on request.


We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).


During your use of the site, the web server will log your IP address, (potentially) which site you visited before you visited this site (known as the “referrer”), the “user agent” (your browser – e.g. Chrome) and the page(s) you visited while here.  In addition, other systems – mainly statistics and analytics focused – will gather additional information about your browser, such as the pages you visited, links you clicked, and the time you spent on each page.

Web servers routinely log visitor information to help system administrators diagnose issues. Analytics features can, however, be disabled if you prefer to not have your pathway through this site recorded.

You can use a JavaScript blocker to block scripts from Google Analytics, or make use of anti-tracking capabilities in the latest versions of Firefox or Brave (all platforms), or Safari (macOS/iOS). If that’s a bit much for you, then keep cookies and JavaScript switched on and make sure you disallow Matomo (previously known as Piwik) analytics in the option dialogue below.

However, I would ask that you consider letting me understand collected interest my site. I write out of my personal need to, but I’d also like to engage in a good old chat with my visitors. I can attract more visitors if I understand what motivates people. But it’s your call, and I respect that. So… here’s the opt-out :


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