Our Inclusion Policy
At DreamForge Magazine, we welcome comment, input, and contributions from people with wide ranging and diverse experiences in life. There are many possible futures and many more worlds of the imagination. We would be poor indeed to imagine only one wearisome and uniform reality.
Toward that end, DreamForge will, as policy, reach out to underrepresented and marginalized voices, including but not limited to authors who may be women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities. Your futures are as compelling, your dreams as engaging as any to be found.
By the same token, we welcome the engagement and contributions of individuals from groups traditionally seen as empowered and privileged. Ultimately, whether you are a straight white male or a queer woman of color, we shall not assume that you write or speak in the voice of or as a representative of any group, only that your unique life experience may bring with it perception, discernment, and values worthy of being shared. We cannot and will not judge any individual by an arbitrary category in which they may be placed by others, by circumstance, or by fortune.
At DreamForge, skill, integrity, and civility define our business, our vision, and our community. Our goal is neither controversy nor confrontation, rather ours to speak of indomitable human and humane values; to imagine the possibilities for a greater tomorrow, engage the hopeful spirits of today, and inspire the strong and the willing among us to make a difference.
The arc by which fiction changes the world is long and subtle; we hope you will join us in playing a small part with DreamForge Magazine.
Straight Talk Version
At DreamForge Magazine, our business is to sell subscriptions and occasionally other stuff, like e-books and t-shirts. To do that, we’re going to advertise to you.
We’ll try to be reasonable about it, but you may receive our emails, direct mail pieces, see our advertising on Facebook, and the like. We’re not going to call you though. We don’t do that.
If you tell us you never want to hear from us again, we will take action to respect your wishes. You can unsubscribe from our emails with a single click. You may still see our general advertising around the web; we can’t help that.
One promise we can make is this: if you share your email address, mailing address, and other contact information with us, we will NEVER monetize that information by selling your contact information to other businesses.
We’re here to sell stories and dreams of a better future, not to take undue advantage of your trust.
That’s about it.
Information We Collect from Website Visitors
Active Information Collection
Like most standard websites, DreamForge Magazine collects information from our web visitors by providing a contact form, contact phone numbers, and company email addresses by which you may communicate with us regarding our products and services.
Some of the information that you provide during routine business communications may be personally identifiable, such as your name, business name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, etc. Also, if you subscribe to our magazine or purchase any product we may have for sale, additional information necessary to complete the sale (like a credit card number and mailing address) will be required.
When you visit our website, we do not collect any personally identifiable information about you that you do not knowingly provide in the course of communicating with us and considering doing business with DreamForge Magazine.
Cookies are a fundamental part of how the Internet works. Typically, they are small text files saved to your computer that provide information about your browsing behavior to websites that you visit. They make your Internet experience more efficient. It’s how you automatically get logged in on sites you’ve already visited, even if you closed the browser tab, for example.
They can also be used to tailor advertising experiences to match your behavior. That’s why you might see a variety of ads for fancy watches if you visit a fancy watch website. Some people find this annoying or feel it violates their privacy.
If you wish to OPT OUT of using cookies while on the DreamForge website; it’s up to you to adjust your browser to block cookies. (There is no technical action we can take to individualize cookie experiences.) There is an excellent article written by PC Magazine on the function of cookies and how to control them on your computer.
Passive Data Collection
As you use our website menu and navigate to various pages on the website, some non-personal data is passively collected, that is without you actively or knowingly participating.
These forms of data collection are a standard part of how websites function on the Internet and are in no way special to DreamForge Magazine’s website or unusual in the data or scope of data collected.
Industry standard, passive data collection may include the IP address of your computer or network, both session and persistent cookies, and keywords used to find our site online. Information on which pages have been visited, the duration of your visit, along with data about the technology used, such as your browser, type of computer, operating system, Internet Service Provider and the domain name of the Web Site from which you linked to our website.
When you visit our website, data is also transferred to and stored on your computer. As with data collection, this is done in an industry standard fashion that enhances your experience and ease of use of our website, and in no way is unusual in terms or practice or scope. For example, the transfer to your computer of small text files called cookies and temporary internet files, including web graphics all work together to speed your use of the website and to help you determine at a glance which links you have already clicked.
Most Internet browsers (like Internet Explorer, Chrome, and FireFox) enable you to erase cookies from your computer’s hard drive, block cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please refer to your web browser for instructions in this area.
Passive data collection is used to help us understand which pages of our website are most popular, where there may be problems, what devices and browsers are being used to access our website, the geographic location of incoming visits, and similar statistical information which can help us improve the usefulness of our website for all visitors. Passive data collection can also be used to help us identify threats to the website, such as hacking attempts, thereby helping us to maintain a safer website experience for everyone.
Use of Third Party Data Collection Services
As part of both its Active and Passive data collection practices, DreamForge Magazine uses third party technologies on its website, specifically Mail Chimp (for development and maintenance of eNewsletter and eBroadcast mailing lists) and Google Analytics and Google Search Console (for statistical and analytic data collection).
Use of these third-party tools helps us maintain compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, such as one-click opt-out of email marketing lists, and with other Federal data collection requirements and guidelines.
How We Use Your Information
Any personal or statistical data acquired by DreamForge Magazine is used to enhance the operation of our website and to help provide the highest quality customer service experience.
Personal information is used for the purposes intended by the web visitor, including access to useful information, communication with customer service representatives, the acquisition of specific services, the payment of services, and the like.
DreamForge Magazine does not give or sell your personally identifiable information to any outside organization or company.
From time-to-time, as part of its marketing program, DreamForge Magazine may provide statistical information about web traffic, customer analytics, sales, and the like to reputable third-party consultants, but these statistics will not include any personally identifying information.
Keeping Your Personal Information Secure
DreamForge Magazine takes its responsibility to protect your personal information seriously. We take all reasonable steps to protect our customers’ and web visitors’ information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Internally, we rely on both secure technologies and managerial procedures to maintain the integrity and security of any information stored locally in our databases. This includes the use of firewalls, SSL encryption for data transfer, and restricting access to data to authorized personnel.
Externally, where services are provided by third parties such as Google and Mail Chimp, we rely on the security and privacy practices of these companies for any data stored in their systems.
This site contains links to other Web sites operated by third parties that may be of interest to you. We cannot control these third-party sites, which may collect personal information from you. When you follow a link and leave this site, you do so at your own risk.
DreamForge Magazine will disclose any information that our company is required to disclose by law or by an appropriate government authority.
We can assume no liability for disclosure of information obtained due to errors in transmission or the unauthorized intervention of third parties. So say we all.
Making DreamForge Magazine Aware of Your Privacy Preferences
At DreamForge Magazine we respect your concerns regarding the privacy of your personal information. Should you have any specific preferences on how you would like us to treat your personal information, you may make your request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your request has undergone internal review, we will get back to you regarding our ability to comply with your individual concerns or wishes.
If we cannot, or it is impractical, for us to adjust our data collection and management practices to meet your individual concerns, your ultimate recourse is simply not to make use of the DreamForge Magazine website or purchase any of our products and services.
Concerning Information Provided by Children
If a child under 18 years of age were to fill out a contact form on our website or send us an email containing personal information, there would be no way block the receipt of such information until it was in our care.
If we are made aware by parents or guardians that information regarding a child has been added to our databases, we will use all reasonable efforts to delete the child’s information.
We encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children about the proper use of the Internet and the sensitivity of any information they may disclose online.
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