The main purpose for collecting each commenter’s email address (which truly will remain hidden once the comment is submitted) is so we know you’re a real person and not a spammer, and so we can personally reach out to you if you’ve won one of our weekly giveaways (in that case the vendor may need your email to send your prize, but we’ll only share that with your permission when you claim the prize). If you send us an email, the address that you send it from will never be passed along either. So you won’t end up on some annoying mailing list or find tons of spam in your inbox.
If you write personal info like your full name or your email address in the body of your comment (or in the “Name” or “URL” field) this info can be viewed by anyone reading the comment section of that post. By contrast, your email address, as entered in the “E-mail” section of the comment form, will remain completely hidden from view and will never be shared.
We sometimes use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you.