Our web developer, Simon Dickson, explains the cookies in FSD’s kitchen.
What are cookies?
Like many websites, Free Speech Debate uses ‘cookies’. These are small data files, saved within the web browser on your computer or other device, as you view our site. Some of these cookies are essential for certain functions, such as logging in; others are non-essential, and merely enhance or improve the user experience. Although the name is now understood to have evolved from ‘magic cookie’, a long-established piece of Unix programming jargon, the technology’s initial specification said it had been chosen ‘for no compelling reason‘.
Most web browsers include the ability to see full details of the information stored within cookies saved on your computer or other device. Browsers typically include a setting to reject some or all cookies; or to notify you each time a website attempts to save a cookie.
Cookies with names beginning _utm
We use Google Analytics to gather information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
For more information on cookies in Google Analytics, see:
Cookies with names beginning wordpress- or wp-
Cookies named wp_silv_votes
Cookies are used in the mechanism for voting on the site’s Principles, to show a visual indication on the page where a user has already voted for a given principle; and as part of our strategy to prevent multiple votes being cast.
Homepage welcome message
The Free Speech Debate homepage includes a welcome message from Timothy Garton Ash. If a user clicks the button to ‘hide this introduction in future’, a cookie is saved to prevent it being shown on subsequent visits.