Cookie Policy


Our Privacy Policy explains our principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and storage of your information. The Cookie Policy specifically explains how we and our partners deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ‘session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (‘third party cookies’).

Cookies set by

We use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons; some enable a personalized experience for both visitors and registered users; and some allow the display of advertising from selected third party networks. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action.

Below the different categories of cookies set by are outlined, with specific examples detailed in the tables that follow. This includes their name and purpose.

Strictly Necessary: These are the cookies that are essential for to perform basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions.

Analytics: Analytical cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage.

Advertising: We use advertising cookies to help improve the relevancy of advertising campaigns you receive.

First-party cookies

Cookie Category Duration Purpose
__cfduid Necessary 1 Month Cloudflare - Used by Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.
__gads Advertising 2 years Google - Used to register what ads have been displayed to the user.
_calculatestuff_session Necessary Session Used to track session related information.
_cmpQcif3pcsupported Necessary Session Quantcast - Used for GDPR/CCPA compliance.
_ga Analytics 2 years Google Analytics - Registers a unique ID, used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
_gat_gtag_UA_16395835_9 Analytics 1 Day Google Analytics - Used to throttle request rate.
_gid Analytics 1 Day Google Analytics - Registers a unique ID, used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
ab_1 Develop and improve Session Used to split test site variations.
addtl_consent Necessary 13 Months Quantcast - Used for GDPR compliance.
euconsent-v2 Necessary 13 Months Quantcast - Used for GDPR compliance.
signed_in Necessary Session Used to determine if a user is logged in.
usprivacy Necessary 13 Months Quantcast - Used for CCPA compliance.

Third-party cookies

We use a third-party (Publift) to provide monetisation technologies for our site. You can review their privacy and cookie policy here. When appropriate consent has been provided, their system and partners will place third party advertising and tracking cookies on your browser. We have no control over these cookies, and are unable to determine in advance what cookies will be placed. Below is a list of Publift partners and their privacy policies.

Network Partner Name Privacy Policy Link
GOOGLE Privacy Policy
PUBMATIC Privacy Policy
CRITEO Privacy Policy
DISTRICT M Privacy Policy
OPENX Privacy Policy
TRIPLELIFT Privacy Policy
APPNEXUS Privacy Policy
GUMGUM Privacy Policy
CONVERSANT Privacy Policy
INSKIN Privacy Policy
EMX DIGITAL Privacy Policy
TEADS Privacy Policy
LIVERAMP Privacy Policy
CONNECTAD Privacy Policy
NOBID Privacy Policy

Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies, or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior such as the length of time they are stored - either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit For more details on advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit (EU based), or (US based).

Some specific opt-out programs are available here:

Google Adsense -

Google Analytics -

It's important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of sites, or prevent them from working correctly at all.