Privacy online is complicated and shrouded in legalese, but it doesn't have to be. This page breaks down what data we collect and why.

Am I being tracked?

You may opt out of tracking at any time using the form below.

Privacy in plain English

  • Rambling Polymath uses a self-hosted analytics platform, called Matomo, to collect anonymous statistics about your visit, like what pages you viewed, what city you are visiting from, and how long you spend reading them.
  • When you become a member, we collect basic information like your name and email address in order to serve you email newsletters and post notifications. You may close your account at any time.
  • We never share your information with third parties except to deliver our services. For example, we use a third-party tool called MailChimp for our monthly newsletter.


Cookies are small pieces of information stored in your browser. Rambling Polymath uses a variety of first and third-party cookies to ensure you are provided the best experience possible.


Rambling Polymath's comments are hosted on a private Discourse server running on Google Cloud Platform. This means when you leave a comment your name and email stay on Rambling Polymath and are never shared with third-parties, unless where necessary.

If you leave a comment on our site, your profile information may be saved in a cookie. This is for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. You may clear this cookie at any time by signing out of the Rambling Polymath Community Forum.


We use cookies to save your log-in information for your convenience. This way you don't have to login to access members-only or paid content every time you visit Rambling Polymath.

If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) from other websites. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the user 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. We have no control over this, but do not believe it poses any harm.

We believe your online privacy is important, and we take steps to avoid embedding content known to track our readers.


Rambling Polymath takes securing your information seriously. All pages and subscriber information is SSL encrypted and firewalled to prevent access by nefarious ne'er-do-wells.

Here is an overview of the security measures we've taken:

  • All pages are SSL encrypted.
  • All parter sites use two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Rambling Polymath uses industry leading security tools to mitigate attacks and prevent unauthorized access to subscriber data.

While we take steps to prevent your information from falling into the wrong hands, we can't guarantee a breach will never happen.

If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm happy to address your concerns.