• In an effort to mitigate against spambots and weak passwords, we're implementing two-factor authentication. The set-up process should be automatic and simple.
    Please contact the staff if you have problems. More information in this thread. Thank you!

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Standard cookies we set

Name Purpose
Essential cookies
These cookies are required to enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may not reject these.
xf___crossTab This local storage item is used to store information used to communicate across tabs, such as the current cross-site request forgery token.
xf_cacheKey This local storage item is used to store the cache key used for offline storage items.
xf_consent This cookie is used to store a user's cookie consent preferences.
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xf_dbWriteForced This cookie is used to indicate that the request should be completed using the database write server.
xf_editorDisabled This local storage item is used to store whether or not a user has the rich text editor enabled.
fr-copied-html This local storage item is used to store a user's copied rich text when pasting into the text editor.
fr-copied-text This local storage item is used to store a user's copied plain text when pasting into the text editor.
xf_guestUsername This local storage item is used to store a guest user's username.
xf_inline_mod_* These cookies are used to store a user's currently selected inline moderation items.
xf_language_id This cookie is used to store a user's selected language.
xf_lbSidebarDisabled This local storage item is used to store whether or not a user has toggled the lightbox sidebar.
xf_ls This cookie is used to store a user's local storage contents in the event their browser does not support the native local storage mechanism.
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xf_notice_dismiss This cookie is used to store a user's dismissed notices.
xf_push_history_user_ids This local storage item is used to store which users on this device have enabled push notifications.
xf_push_notice_dismiss This cookie is used to determine whether or not a user has dismissed the push notification notice.
xf_push_subscription_updated This cookie is used to determine if a user's push subscription preferences have been updated.
xf_session This cookie is used to store a user's session identifier.
xf_style_id This cookie is used to store a user's selected style.
xf_tfa_trust This cookie is used to determine if a user has previously chosen to trust this device without requiring further two-step verification for a period of time.
xf_toggle This cookie and local storage item are used to store a user's preferences for toggling various controls open or closed.
xf_user This cookie is used to store a user's "remember me" token, allowing their credentials to persist across multiple sessions.
xf_visitorCounts This local storage item is used to store counts of a user's unread conversations and alerts.
Optional cookies
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xf_emoji_usage This cookie is used to store which emojis a user has recently used when composing a message.
xf_from_search This cookie is used to track when a user has arrived on the site from a search engine.
Third-party cookies
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Apple Music These cookies are set by Apple Music, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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Instagram These cookies are set by Instagram, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Internet Archive These cookies are set by Internet Archive, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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Metacafe These cookies are set by Metacafe, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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Reddit These cookies are set by Reddit, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
SoundCloud These cookies are set by SoundCloud, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Spotify These cookies are set by Spotify, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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YouMaker These cookies are set by YouMaker, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
YouTube These cookies are set by YouTube, and may be used for analytics, verifying legitimate traffic, or other embedded content.
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