Skeptical Raptor website updates – because it’s kind of a holiday

The old feathered dinosaur took a bit of break from posting stuff since American readers are off celebrating the country’s break from England. Of course, most of the celebration is wrapped up in myths and tropes, but it’s a time for hot dog eating contests, baseball games, and fireworks. Instead of giving you an article about Meditteranean diets (stay tuned, it’ll be here), I thought I’d give one of my boring Skeptical Raptor website updates.

Privacy policy

As a result of new privacy rules implemented in the EU, I had to create a page stating this website’s own privacy policy. There really isn’t much change – we don’t track individual IP addresses, we don’t share anything here to anyone else, and we don’t track what pages you visit, except at a meta level.

Disqus, which is our commenting system, does have a separate privacy policy, so you probably should check it out.

About 1/4 of our readers comes from outside of the USA, mostly from England, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and India. I think I had one viewer from North Korea a couple of years ago. Maybe Donald Trump’s favorite dictator is a fan of the old dinosaur.

Nevertheless, if you’re interested in the privacy policy, you can read it. It’s mostly boilerplate stuff, and it’s not really a change from what we did here prior to the new EU rules. But, it’s better to be clear about it.

Other Skeptical Raptor website updates

Google’s Adsense runs most of the advertising on this website. Occasionally, and I have no earthly idea why they allow it, some of their ads take over this website, especially on iOS and Android. It is problematic, but all I can do is email Google to fix it, which they usually do. I apologize for these issues, but it is not malware, and it won’t infect your Apple or Android phones. It’s mostly just annoying and you can’t read my website.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be implementing some cosmetic changes. I’m going to change advertising systems, mainly because Adsense doesn’t provide much revenue for the headaches.

I’m also redesigning the website, although you might not notice much for a few weeks.

Also, as a result of fundraising a year ago, I was able to fix a ton of code within the website, making it run faster. It’s not perfect, but we’ve come a long way. My speed score last year was in the 20s, and now it’s in the 60s. Yeah, higher number is better in this case.


Creating content and maintaining this website isn’t free. It takes 5-10 hours to write a single article, depending on a lot of factors. For example, I have never thought of reading an article’s abstract is equivalent to “reading” an article. I read articles from cover-to-cover, although my eyes do glaze over with intense discussions of statistics. Of course, most journal articles are behind paywalls, so I have to email someone for a copy or pay to read. We need to change this system, but I’m not in control of it.

As a result, I’ve decided to set up an account at Patreon to create a subscription system. It’s voluntary, unlike some news sites these days, but I would like to be in a place that the readers support this website, even if it’s in a small way.

Please subscribe to this blog by becoming a Patron. It doesn’t matter how much you contribute, it will help keep this blog going – although if you want to contribute a few million per month, I wouldn’t complain.

If you want to make one donation without a monthly commitment, please use PayPal. They don’t charge fees for contributions, unlike all other systems. Also, if you’re already contributing through PayPal, no change is necessary.

And of course, if you don’t have extra cash but shop through Amazon, please use the link below before you shop. It helps this website out in small ways.

I would like to raise $2-3 thousand for the next year, either through PayPal or through Patreon using the links below, to keep this website going by helping to cover expenses incurred in running this website. Anything you can do will be helpful.

Thanks for your loyal readership and support of this website.


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