Privacy Policy

Who we are:

This website is a personal blog and occasional user community created and maintained by software student and occasional writer Joseph Black. You can find more information about Joseph and this website on our About page. You can visit Almost Epic any time by visiting the URL

What personal data we collect and why we collect it:


When visitors leave comments on Almost Epic, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to Almost Epic at any time, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When visitors to Almost Epic fill out and submit the form on our Contact page, we collect the data shown in the contact form. This information may be retained for reference purposes, but we do not use this submitted information for marketing purposes.


When you visit, browse, or read articles and blog postings on Almost Epic, you may be asked to opt-in for cookies to be used to display advertisements powered by Google AdSense. We have implemented a header asking all users to opt-in to whether or not they agree to this policy. Ignoring this disclaimer or continuing without acknowledging it will be seen as an implicit agreement with our usage of cookies to power these advertisements. Rejecting this disclaimer will instead take you to Google’s main homepage.

If you leave a comment or submit a form anywhere on Almost Epic, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on Almost Epic may (and often do) include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with:

Almost Epic is powered by and currently utilizes third-party services and plugins from the following:

How long we retain your data:

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that have registered for an Almost Epic account in the past, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data:

If you have an Almost Epic account, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data:

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service such as Akismet Anti-Spam.

Contact information:

For any and all privacy-related questions or concerns, please contact Joseph Black at