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I will not share email addresses with any third party, add them to any mailing lists, or send unsolicited emails to them. Although the blog is set up using the WordPress software, WordPress do not receive any information about my site’s users as the site is hosted entirely on my own server.
The main exception to the ‘no unsolicited email’ promise above is that I must reserve the right, in exceptional circumstances, send an administrative email to a user if that person needs to be informed of something privately and urgently; an example of this might be if the user has been using extreme profanity and needs to be warned about it. That sort of thing.
The other exception would be that – very rarely – I might contact contributors with a view to them contributing work to be published on this site.
I want my users to feel safe using this site and for that reason I promise not to abuse your trust if/when you provide your email address.