Cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which websites may store on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. The cookie will help the site to recognise your device the next time you visit.

Cookies serve many functions. For example, they can help a website or blog remember your login and preferences, and help them analyse how well they are performing. Certain cookies contain personal information: for example, if you clicked on “remember me” when logging in, a cookie would store your registration number on your device.’s use of cookies uses the following kinds of cookies…

Essential cookies

These cookies are essential for the operation of the site. For example, some cookies allow a website to identify that you are logged in and can access member-only pages. If you disable cookies, you won’t be able to log in.

Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies are used to remember your preferences. For example, your preferences for which forum layout and colors you prefer may be stored in a cookie, so that the site can identify which colours you like to see when you first visit the site, and before you log in.

Performance and analytics cookies uses cookies on its site to analyse performance and popularity. This enables things such as capacity-planning, and to identify which areas of the site are most popular, so that efforts can be focused on adding to those areas and making them work better.

Advertising cookies is supported by advertising, including from third-party ad networks. and its partners may use cookies to ensure you limit the number of times you see a particular advertisement. Advertising networks may also use cookies to allow them to serve advertisements that they believe are relevant to you and your interests, based on your activity on our site and others. will never pass personal information about you to advertisers without your express permission.

Other cookies you may encounter on the site uses Google Analytics to analyse the site’s performance. Google Analytics sets cookies on your computer. Some pages on carry buttons linked to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. These sites may set cookies on your computer when you visit pages carrying those buttons.

Pages on may set cookies from affiliate programmes to earn a commission when you click links to products from

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular site. If you turn off cookies for, some parts of the site won’t work. For example, you won’t be able to post on Talk, as we can’t tell if you are logged in or not without using cookies. The links below show how to disable cookies in the most popular browsers:

Special Note About Google Advertising

Any advertisements served by Google, Inc., and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These cookies allow Google to display ads based on your visits to this site and other sites that use Google advertising services. Learn how to opt out of Google’s cookie usage. As mentioned above, any tracking done by Google through cookies and other mechanisms is subject to Google’s own privacy policies.

About Google advertising: What is the DoubleClick DART cookie? The DoubleClick DART cookie is used by Google in the ads served on publisher websites displaying AdSense for content ads. When users visit an AdSense publisher’s website and either view or click on an ad, a cookie may be dropped on that end user’s browser. The data gathered from these cookies will be used to help AdSense publishers better serve and manage the ads on their site(s) and across the web. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.