Privacy policy

We are the Marriland Forums ("we", "our", "us"). We're committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, although understand that, by registering on and using this forum, certain personal information may be collected and used, which is outlined in this page. If you have questions about your personal information and/or how it is used, please contact us.

Last updated on Oct. 26, 2018.

What information we hold about you

The type of data that we collect and process includes, but is not limited to:

  • Your name or username.
  • Your email address.
  • Your IP address.

What the heck does this mean?

  • In a nutshell, this means that we have to store your username in order for you to log in, the email associated with your account so you can receive an activation email along with any other email notifications from the Marriland Forums (NOT third-parties!) that you allow, and your IP address to identify where you are logging in or browsing from for any security purposes.

Further data may be collected if you choose to share it, such as if you fill out fields on your profile.

We collect some or all of this information in the following cases:

  • You register as a member on this site.
  • You fill out our contact form.
  • You browse this site. See "Cookie policy" below.
  • You fill out fields on your profile.

What the heck does this mean?

  • If you register and post messages here, these messages are obviously saved. Same with filling out information in the profile section. This is information that you're providing us, so this is just ensuring you know that it will be publicly displayed on the forums and/or site.
  • As for "browsing the site", that means that this site uses cookies. No, not the tasty, delicious kind, but the kind used on websites to store information.

How your personal information is used

We may use your personal information in the following ways:

  • For the purposes of making you a registered member of our site, in order for you to contribute content to this site.
  • We may use your email address to inform you of activity on our site.
  • Your IP address is recorded when you perform certain actions on our site. Your IP address is never publicly visible.
  • Other non-personal information may be used for the purpose of analytics or ads.

What the heck does this mean?

  • It's pretty standard stuff for registering for a forum, and for a site that has Google Analytics or ads on it.

How your personal information is NOT used

These are ways that your personal information will NOT be used for:

  • Your personal information, such as email addresses, will not be sold or given to any third-party company without first notifying you via email 30 days before any such exchange of information would occur.
  • It will not be used for any first-party marketing or advertising campaigns. You will not receive advertising emails from The Marriland Forums (all emails from The Marriland Forums are verified via SPF email authentication, so if for some reason you do receive such an email, verify it to make sure it's legit first!).
    • Keep in mind that you may still receive email from The Marriland Forums for other purposes, as outlined below!

What the heck does this mean?

  • It means we're not going to take your email and spam you with stuff, or sell your email to some nasty company so they can spam you. The "30 days notification" is just for that VERY UNLIKELY instance the site would be sold to another company so you'd have time to remove your information first.

Other ways we may use your personal information.

In addition to notifying you of activity on our site which may be relevant to you, from time to time we may wish to communicate with all members any important information such as newsletters or announcements by email. You can opt-in to or opt-out of such emails in your profile.

We may collect non-personally identifiable information about you in the course of your interaction with our site. This information may include technical information about the browser or type of device you're using. This information will be used purely for the purposes of analytics and tracking the number of visitors to our site.

We also reserve the right to serve targeted ads from third parties to you on The Marriland Forums or the rest of the website. These ads may use your browsing history or other interest-based history on other sites to serve ads that are more in-line with your interests. You can visit Google's Ads Settings page to opt-out of Google's personalized ads, and visit for more information on targeted ads.

What the heck does this mean?

  • You might get some email from the forums due to announcements or newsletters. PROBABLY not going to be a thing, but it's something you might get and it's something you'd be able to opt-out from (or opt-in to).
  • You'll also get emails for if you subscribe to threads or other activity. You can change these settings at your account preferences page.
  • We are collecting non-personal information for analytics purposes, like to see how many viewers are online, what pages are being visited, where people are geographically (not your address, but like city, state, or region), and other information collected through Google Analytics.
  • We also might need to use this information for serving ads. Pretty much any site that serves ads has to do this. However we're not expecting to have ads immediately and it's possible there might not even be ads, but if we do make the decision to add ads to the forums, you basically agree that "yeah that's OK" rather than having to see an email saying "we've updated our privacy policy!" just for that.

Keeping your data secure

We are committed to ensuring that any information you provide to us is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable measures and procedures to safeguard and secure the information that we collect.

In the event of any data breach, we will notify all users within 48 hours of its discovery and take swift steps to contain any such incident. Please note that no one on the staff of The Marriland Forums is a security professional — it's a forum for a Pokémon fansite — so it's strongly recommended you don't reuse the same login information on The Marriland Forums as you do on any other site, especially your email account!

Cookie policy

Cookies are small text files which are set by us on your computer which allow us to provide certain functionality on our site, such as being able to log in, or remembering certain preferences.

Cookies are also used by Google Analytics for tracking and analytic purposes, as well as by our ad partners to serve you relevant ads.

We have a detailed cookie policy and more information about the cookies that we set on this page.


You have a right to access the personal data we hold about you or obtain a copy of it. To do so please contact us. If you believe that the information we hold for you is incomplete or inaccurate, you may contact us to ask us to complete or correct that information.

You also have the right to request the erasure of your personal data. Please contact us if you would like us to remove your personal data.

Please keep in mind that modification or deletion of personal data through this method is subject to verification to ensure it is indeed the identity of the account in question, and may not be instantaneous due to verification and ensuring there are no signs of hacking or malicious intent.

What the heck does this mean?

  • It's basically Europe's GDPR compliance stuff that's kind of a pain for smaller sites to actually implement, but basically if you want a copy of your personal data you're entitled to it, if you need it updated (and can't do it yourself??) you can get us to update it so it's correct, and also if you want it deleted you have that right.
  • All of this stuff is really only a right if you're in Europe, though, but it might as well be extended to everyone.
  • However we also need to make sure that such requests are coming from the actual person and not an imposter. Like if someone sent an email saying they want all of "their" information deleted but it was from a fake email address or if you got hacked, we would take steps to verify that it's actually you and may wait a little bit and send another verification email to make sure you actually know about it. If it is indeed you, great! But it'd really stink if all of your stuff got deleted and you didn't know about it, right?

Acceptance of this policy

Continued use of our site signifies your acceptance of this policy. If you do not accept the policy then please do not use this site. When registering we will further request your explicit acceptance of the privacy policy.

Changes to this policy

We may make changes to this policy at any time. You may be asked to review and re-accept the information in this policy if it changes in the future.

Did you read the whole thing?

If you read the whole thing, you get a GOLD STAR! You rock! But if not, I hope you'll scroll back up and at least check out the "What the heck does this mean" sections to get an idea of what the heck it all means.