I’m just a nerd building a site for a thing that I personally find useful. So when I say that “I take your privacy seriously”, it’s not just some spiel. It’s me, Johnny Noble, talking to you, my honoured guest.
I hate trackers more than you do. This site will never contain any third-party ‘web trackers’, i.e. code that attempts to uniquely identify you and follow you around the web.
It uses no external fonts, e.g. Google Fonts, or any other system that might provide a subtle way to track you.
I use Plausible analytics to get a high-level view of visitors to the site. This helps me understand my traffic and which pages people are viewing.
Plausible is recognised as the most privacy-respecting analytics solution. No personal data is collected.
I’ve made the dashboard public. You can see the data that I see at plausible.io/johnnydecimal.com. If you can’t see it there, neither can I.
Your email address
In 2019 I moved the mailing list from Mailchimp, whose business model had started to make me uncomfortable (and oh boy has it got worse since then) to Buttondown. It’s run by one guy who I trust to do the right thing. I’ve turned off all analytics features, so I don’t know who opens, clicks, or forwards my emails.
You should also check out the communications plan.
No user-tracking cookies are used.
The first-visit experience
The first time you visit the home page, I show it without the left-side navigation bar. This just feels like a gentler welcome to someone who has never been to the site.
This works by detecting a cookie,
johnnydecimal=visited. If the cookie is detected, you see the normal site; if it isn’t, you see the ‘simple’ version, and the cookie is set for next time.
Occasionally I run A/B tests using Netlify’s Split Testing feature. This helps me figure out how best to develop the site.
Netlify places a cookie to record which branch you were assigned. Otherwise each page load would flip between branches. The cookie is called
nf_ab and is a random value between
1. It is not linked to you personally in any way.
If you’re kind enough to complete the survey. Only I ever see them, and only I will ever read them.
Periodically I’ll download the form details and delete them from Netlify.
Someone wrote me once and said “well actually you are giving it to someone else, you’re giving it to Buttondown.” Don’t be like that guy; you all know what I mean. ↩