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islamWiki:Cookie statement

This site uses the open source software MediaWiki with its related technologies and uses "locally stored data" tools, such as cookies. Because there does not appear to be adequate documentation for cookies used on MediaWiki, the following is taken from the cookie statement of the foundation that runs MediaWiki, which may or may not be completely accurate for islamWiki.

1. What is a cookie?

A “cookie” is a tiny data file that is transferred onto your computer, mobile phone, or any other device that you use to access the site, generally used for authentication and tracking. Every cookie expires after a certain period of time, but that period varies depending on what the cookie is used for and how your browser is configured.

A “session” cookie is one that generally expires when you close your web browser or mobile application. A “persistent” cookie is one that remains in your device, even after you close your browser or mobile application. A persistent cookie expires according to a set duration (or when you delete it manually). Learn more on Wikipedia.

You may remove or disable cookies through your browser settings. For more information on how to manage your cookie options, please see Section 4 of this Cookie Statement below.

2. How are cookies used?

Information received from cookies and other locally stored data is used to make a user's experience with MediaWiki sites safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and interactions with the site.

Cookies and other locally stored data and JavaScript, helps to do things like:

  • Provide you with a personalized experience, such as using cookies to know your language preference, to remember the user preferences you set so you can be provided with the customized look and feel that you want.
  • Deliver more relevant content to you faster. For example, local storage may be used to store your most recently read articles directly on your device, so they can be retrieved quickly. Also, cookies may be used to learn about the topics searched so that the search results delivered to you can be optimized.
  • Understand how you use this site, so that it can be better understood what works and what is useful. For example, cookies may be used to learn about the list of articles you are following on your watchlist so that similar articles can be recommended that you may be interested in.
  • Make the site more convenient to use, such as by using cookies to maintain your session when you log in or to remember your username in the login field.

3. What types of cookies does islamWiki use?

The cookies and other locally stored data technologies used by this site generally fall into the following categories:

  • Functionality: These cookies help the site work, including essential features like logging in.
  • Preferences: These cookies store your preferences, so that they can be remembered the next time you use the site.
  • Third-Party: These cookies allows to render services provided by third parties, such as “like” and “share” buttons. When a third party provides these kinds of services, they may require the use of a cookie in order to provide their services. (These kind of cookies would only be used with your permission.)

For more specific examples, a table has been provided below.

Name Expires Category What does it do?
{$wgCookiePrefix}UserID, UserName, Token 180 days Functionality Helps identify you to the wiki, and keeps you logged in.
stopMobileRedirect 180 days Preferences Tells the site not to redirect to the mobile site if you don't like that.
{$wgCookiePrefix}disableImages 180 days Preferences Allows you to disable images on the mobile site.
mfNearbyLastSearchResult Local Storage, not a cookie Functionality Helps to quickly show you nearby search results.
uls-preferences Local Storage, not a cookie Preferences Allows to set preferences for the Universal Language Selector functionality.

4. What are my cookie options?

While this is not a comprehensive list, here are some of the things that you can do to limit use of cookies and other locally stored data on your device. You can:

  • remove or disable specific locally stored data on your browser’s settings;
  • use a browser that can block third-party cookies; or
  • install a plug-in to block locally stored data, if one is available.

It is believed that this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. While cookies and other locally stored data may not be necessary to use this site, some features may not function properly if you disable locally stored data.

5. Where can I find more information?

If you have any further questions, contact through islamWiki's contact page.