Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our site and gather data when you participate in the forum by reading, writing, and evaluating the content shared here.

When registering on our site, you may be asked to enter your name and e-mail address. You may, however, visit our site without registering. Your e-mail address will be verified by an email containing a unique link. If that link is visited, we know that you control the e-mail address.

When registered and posting, we record the IP address that the post originated from. We also may retain server logs which include the IP address of every request to our server and diagnostic information for errors.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • To function as a social media website - we display and share the posts that you make, associated with a pseudonym of your choosing. We do not require you to provide your legal name to use this website.
  • To personalize your experience - your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs.
  • To improve service - your information helps us to more effectively respond to your support needs and to fix operational problems.
  • To send periodic emails - The email address you provide may be used to send you information, notifications that you request about changes to topics or in response to your user name, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions. You can opt out of automatic e-mails by indicating that you do not with to receive notification e-mails in the website settings.
  • To prevent abuse - your information helps us to moderate the content on this website and to prevent use of the website that contravenes our rules.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. Communication is encrypted using modern cryptographic standards (Using SSL with a certificate signed by LetsEncrypt). Full access to data is restricted to people who unavoidably require such access to perform maintenance operations, such as the administrator.

All data we collect is stored on a virtual private server in the USA, operated by Digital Ocean. A daily backup copy of all data excluding log files is stored on a computer operated by the web site administrator. These off-site backups are located in the USA.

What is your data retention policy?

We will make a good faith effort to:

  • Retain server logs containing the IP address of all requests to this server no more than 30 days.
  • Retain the IP addresses associated with registered users and their posts no more than 5 years.

Data portability

You can export most of the data we collect about you using site features.

Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account. We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our site, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. Non-personally identifiable visitor and aggregate information may be provided to other parties to help improve the website.

We do transfer some of your personal data, such as posts you make and the pseudonym with which you have registered on this website, to other servers in the ActivityPub and OStatus networks. We also store and display such data that we receive from other servers on the network. We do this because it is neccesary to do it for this website to provide the services of a distributed social network. You can opt out of this by only allowing people from your local server to follow you. If you use web notifications, we share your data (in an encrypted form) with your web notification provider. You can opt out of this by not using web notifications.

This website is hosted on a virtual private server operated by Digital Ocean. While we do not explicitly share any information with them and they do not regularly process any of your data, they may as part of maintenance operations or to comply with the law gain access to that data. You can review Digital Ocean's privacy policy here.

Third party links

Occasionally, we or our users may include or offer third party products or services on our site. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Age restrictions

Our site and services are all directed to people who are at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, we request that you find a different instance.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our site and not to information collected offline.


All inquiries and requests (for export, correction, deletion or other things) regarding the use of your data on this website should be directed to @OffTheHook.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our web site privacy policy and to us using your data in the ways described here.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

This document is CC-BY-SA. It was last updated Jan 8, 2019, and was originally adapted from the Discourse privacy policy.


InkWeb is a mastodon instance and part of the ActivityPub network / the Fediverse. You can make an account on any Mastodon instance and interact with users on this or any other one. That being said, here's reasons why you should choose this instance: - You like squids or Octopodes. - You think our rules make a lot of sense. - You want to try out Mastodon / being on The Fediverse, this place being as good as any other instance for that. - You think, correctly, that Squid and Octopodes can date. This is basically an instance for Octolings and Inklings.