Privacy Policy

This is Alien Pastures, a blog where Eric Hameleers vents his personal views about the world, and Slackware Linux in particular.

Main URL for this blog is: while the actual hosted address is .


What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Who we share your data with

The comments you leave on this website are available publicly for anyone to read.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment and the moderator releases it for public viewing, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Comments that are flagged as spam or are otherwise not accepted, will be deleted immediately and irreversably.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the Personally Identifiable information (PII) we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any PII data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


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