What is the NoSurf community?

The NoSurf community is a free-to-use digital wellness community.

How does NoSurf collect data about me?

NoSurf collects data about you in the following situations:

  • when you browse the site
  • when you create and use an account on the site
  • when you post, send private messages, and otherwise participate in the forum

NoSurf does not purchase or receive data about you from data brokers.

What data does NoSurf collect about me, and why?

NoSurf collects data about visits to forums.

When you visit NoSurf, whether you have an account or not, the forum uses:

  • cookies
  • server logs

and other methods to collect data about what pages you visit and when.

NoSurf uses data about how you use the website to:

  • optimize the forum, so that it’s quick and easy to use
  • diagnose and debug technical errors
  • protect and defend the forum from abuse and technical attacks
  • compile statistics on forum and topic popularity
  • compile statistics on the kinds of software and computers visitors use

NoSurf usually stores data about how you use the forum in identifiable form for just a few weeks. In special circumstances, like extended investigations about technical attacks, NoSurf may preserve log data longer, for analysis. NoSurf stores aggregate statistics about use of the forum for as long as NoSurf hosts the forum, but those statistics don’t include data identifiable to you personally.

CDCK collects account data.

Many features of the NoSurf community require a forum account. For example, you need an account to post and reply to topics.

To sign up for a forum account, NoSurf requires your name, a user name, and an e-mail address.

NoSurf uses your account data to identify you on the forum, and to create pages specific to you, like your profile page. If the forum is public, NoSurf publishes your account data. If the forum is access-restricted, NoSurf makes your account data available to everyone who can access the forum, according to the forum administrator’s configuration.
Your e-mail address is used to:

  • notify you about posts and other activity on the forum
  • reset your password and help keep your account secure
  • contact you in special circumstances related to your account
  • contact you about legal requests, like DMCA takedown requests

You may provide additional data for your account on the profile settings page for your account. NoSurf makes that data available to others who can access the forum. Providing this additional information is by no means necessary, and you can erase it at any time.

NoSurf stores your account data as long as your account remains open.

NoSurf collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.

NoSurf collects the:

  • content of your posts
  • data about bookmarks
  • likes
  • links you follow

in order to share that data with others through the forum. If the forum is public, NoSurf publishes your activity. If the forum is access-restricted, or access restrictions apply to the specific post, NoSurf makes your activity available only to users permitted to see it.

NoSurf also collects data about private messages that you send through the forum. NoSurf makes private messages available to senders and their recipients, and also to forum administrators.

NoSurf stores your posts and other activity as long as your account remains open.

How can I make choices about data collection?

You can make choices about how data about is used on the settings page for your account. When a forum uses access restrictions that vary by category, you can choose who will see your post by choosing the appropriate category.

The NoSurf community does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does the NoSurf communiy store data about me?

The NoSurf community server is hosted in New York, USA.

Does the NoSurf community comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

NoSurf respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires CDCK to give can be found throughout this privacy notice. So can information about specific rights, like access, rectification, erasure, data portability, and objection to automated decision-making.

Where can I access data about me?

You can see your account data at any time by visiting your account page on the forum. Your account page also lists your posts and other activity on the forum.

Your account activity page also includes a link to download all of your activity in standard comma-separated values format.

How can I change or erase data about me?

You can change your account data at any time by visiting the profile settings page for your account. Forum administrators can also erase and anonymize accounts.

Depending on the settings for your particular forum, you may also be able to edit, anonymize, or erase your posts. When you edit posts, NoSurf will keep all versions of your posts. Forum administrators can view old versions of posts, and optionally make them visible to other forum visitors.

Does NoSurf make automated decisions based on data about me?

The NoSurf community classifies posts as spam automatically.

NoSurf uses data about your posts and other activity on many forums to make automated decisions about whether your posts to discuss.nosurf.org are spam through the Askimet service. When Akismet decides that a post is likely spam, the forum refuses to accept the post.

If you think a post has been wrongly blocked or removed, contact an administrator of your forum. They can override the decision that a post was spam.

The NoSurf community uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.

The NoSurf community may use data about your posts and activity to award you badges and calculate a trust level for your account. Your trust level may affect how you can participate in the forum, such as whether you can upload images, as well as give you access to moderation and management powers in the forum. Your trust level therefore reflects forum administrators’ confidence in you, and their willingness to delegate community management functions, like moderation.

If you think your trust level has been set incorrectly, contact an administrator of your forum. They can manually adjust the trust level of your account.

Does the NoSurf community share data about me with others?

The NoSurf community shares account data with others as mentioned in the section about account data.

The NoSurf community shares data about your posts and other forum activity with others as mentioned in the section about account data.

The NoSurf community does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, the NoSurf community does use services from other companies on some forums that it hosts. The companies behind those services may collect data about you on their own, for their own purposes. Some of these services may be used to collect information about your online activities across different websites. All of these services are based in the United States.

Service Privacy Notice Description
Askimet https://automattic.com/privacy/ reduces spam and posts on some forums
Google Analytics https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/ Compiles visitor statistics. You can opt out of Google Analytics using a browser extension.
Digital Ocean https://www.digitalocean.com/legal/privacy/ Hosts the NoSurf webserver and database.
Mailgun https://www.mailgun.com/privacy-policy Handles our outbound email.
Apple Push Notification Service https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/ Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse iOS app.
Google Cloud Messaging https://policies.google.com/privacy Sends push notifications to the users of the Discourse Android app.

Other individuals and companies may also reuse data about you that the NoSurf community publishes, such as your posts to public forums.

How can I contact the NoSurf community about privacy?

You can send questions and complaints to:


For complaints under GDPR more generally, European Union users may lodge complaints with their local data protection supervisory authorities.

How can I find out about changes?

This version of the NoSurf community’s privacy questions and answers took effect August 6, 2018.

The NoSurf community will post the next version at https://discuss.nosurf.org/privacy. The NoSurf community may change how it announces changes in future versions.

In the meantime, the NoSurf community may update its contact information without announcing a change. Please refer to https://discuss.nosurf.org/privacy for the latest contact information at any time.