Cookie usage

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Our cookie usage

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Additional cookies and those set by third parties

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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.
xf_csrf This cookie is used to store a user's cross-site request forgery token, preventing other applications from making malicious requests on the user's behalf.
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.
xf_multiQuote* These local storage items are used to store a user's multi-quote selections.
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
We deliver enhanced functionality for your browsing experience by setting these cookies. If you reject them, enhanced functionality will be unavailable.
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
Cookies set by third parties may be required to power functionality in conjunction with various service providers for security, analytics, performance or advertising purposes.
ABC News These cookies are set by ABC News, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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Apple Music These cookies are set by Apple Music, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Apple Podcasts These cookies are set by Apple Podcasts, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Audioboom These cookies are set by Audioboom, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Audiomack These cookies are set by Audiomack, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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Bandcamp These cookies are set by Bandcamp, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
BBC News These cookies are set by BBC News, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
BitChute These cookies are set by BitChute, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Brightcove These cookies are set by Brightcove, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Bunny Stream These cookies are set by Bunny Stream, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Captivate These cookies are set by Captivate, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Castos These cookies are set by Castos, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
CBS News Video These cookies are set by CBS News Video, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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CNBC These cookies are set by CNBC, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
CNN These cookies are set by CNN, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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CodePen These cookies are set by CodePen, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Comedy Central These cookies are set by Comedy Central, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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8tracks These cookies are set by 8tracks, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
ESPN These cookies are set by ESPN, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Facebook These cookies are set by Facebook, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Falstad Circuit Simulator These cookies are set by Falstad Circuit Simulator, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Flickr These cookies are set by Flickr, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Fox News These cookies are set by Fox News, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Funny or Die These cookies are set by Funny or Die, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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GitHub Gist These cookies are set by GitHub Gist, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Global News These cookies are set by Global News, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
GoFundMe These cookies are set by GoFundMe, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Google Sheets These cookies are set by Google Sheets, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Google Analytics These cookies are set by Google Analytics, and may be used for analytics.
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IGN These cookies are set by IGN, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
IMDb trailers These cookies are set by IMDb trailers, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Imgur These cookies are set by Imgur, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Indiegogo These cookies are set by Indiegogo, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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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Kickstarter These cookies are set by Kickstarter, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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Mail.Ru These cookies are set by Mail.Ru, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Mastodon These cookies are set by Mastodon, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Medium These cookies are set by Medium, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Megaphone These cookies are set by Megaphone, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Meta These cookies are set by Meta, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Metacafe These cookies are set by Metacafe, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Mixcloud These cookies are set by Mixcloud, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
MLB These cookies are set by MLB, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
MRCTV These cookies are set by MRCTV, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
MSNBC These cookies are set by MSNBC, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
National Geographic Channel These cookies are set by National Geographic Channel, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
National Geographic Video These cookies are set by National Geographic Video, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
NBC News These cookies are set by NBC News, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
NHL Videos and Highlights These cookies are set by NHL Videos and Highlights, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
NPR These cookies are set by NPR, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
The New York Times Video These cookies are set by The New York Times Video, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Odysee These cookies are set by Odysee, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
On3 DB These cookies are set by On3 DB, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Orfium These cookies are set by Orfium, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Pastebin These cookies are set by Pastebin, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Pinterest These cookies are set by Pinterest, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Podbean These cookies are set by Podbean, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Prezi These cookies are set by Prezi, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Reddit These cookies are set by Reddit, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Rumble These cookies are set by Rumble, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Rutube These cookies are set by Rutube, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Scribd These cookies are set by Scribd, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Sendvid These cookies are set by Sendvid, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
SlideShare These cookies are set by SlideShare, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
SoundCloud These cookies are set by SoundCloud, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Sporcle These cookies are set by Sporcle, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Sportsnet These cookies are set by Sportsnet, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Spotify These cookies are set by Spotify, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Spreaker These cookies are set by Spreaker, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Steam store These cookies are set by Steam store, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Straw Poll These cookies are set by Straw Poll, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Streamable These cookies are set by Streamable, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Stripe These cookies are set by Stripe, and may be used for processing payments.
Team Coco These cookies are set by Team Coco, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
TED Talks These cookies are set by TED Talks, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Telegram These cookies are set by Telegram, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
The Atlantic Video These cookies are set by The Atlantic Video, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
The Guardian (obsolete) These cookies are set by The Guardian (obsolete), and may be used for displaying embedded content.
The Onion These cookies are set by The Onion, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
TikTok These cookies are set by TikTok, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
TMZ These cookies are set by TMZ, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
TradingView These cookies are set by TradingView, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Trailer Addict These cookies are set by Trailer Addict, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Trending Views These cookies are set by Trending Views, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Tumblr These cookies are set by Tumblr, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
247Sports These cookies are set by 247Sports, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Twitch These cookies are set by Twitch, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Twitter These cookies are set by Twitter, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Ustream These cookies are set by Ustream, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
VBOX7 These cookies are set by VBOX7, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Veoh These cookies are set by Veoh, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Vevo These cookies are set by Vevo, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Video Detective These cookies are set by Video Detective, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Vimeo These cookies are set by Vimeo, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Vine These cookies are set by Vine, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
VK These cookies are set by VK, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Vocaroo These cookies are set by Vocaroo, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Vox These cookies are set by Vox, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Washington Post Video These cookies are set by Washington Post Video, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Wavekit These cookies are set by Wavekit, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Wistia These cookies are set by Wistia, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
WorldStarHipHop These cookies are set by WorldStarHipHop, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
The Wall Street Journal Online These cookies are set by The Wall Street Journal Online, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
GameClips.io These cookies are set by GameClips.io, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Gamer DVR These cookies are set by Gamer DVR, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
XenForo These cookies are set by XenForo, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
Youku These cookies are set by Youku, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
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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