Privacy Policy

Who we are

Thi Fargo Orbit – a publishing project of Table Heavy Industries, LLC.
Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help 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 the website, 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 you use a contact form on this site, the data will be retained until it can be reviewed and otherwise followed up on. We will also remove contact data that is not acted on in a timely manner.


If you leave a comment on our site 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 this site may 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Thi Orbit does not engage in analytics. However, we also reserve the right to take any measures required to prevent griefing or spamming, including the use of the Akismet anti-spam service.

Who we share your data with

Thi Orbit does not share reader data with anyone. Data supplied by a story source may be used in the public interest for reporting. Sponsor data may appear in aggregate, such as in audits or financial reports, or in full disclosure to readers as may be required by journalistic ethics.

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 register on our website (if any), 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 account on this site, 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. Limited data about our sponsors may be released to the public if requested by the sponsors themselves, or on articles where journalistic ethics requires full disclosure. Data collected in the course of public interest journalism may be repeated, remixed, and reused in various media and locations over the course of the news cycle, or as it passes into history. Data visible on the website is available publicly all over the world.

Your contact information

We will avoid publishing contact information, unless the nature of a story significantly involves the particular contact detail. For example, if you are hosting an open contest for “Best Essay” and want to receive submissions by e-mail, we will publish that e-mail address in that circumstance. We will use our best effort to remove contact details that no longer need to be disclosed, for example, we may remove that e-mail address from the “Best Essay” story 1 month after your announced deadline.

If you share your contact information as part of a comment, it will remain as posted unless otherwise moderated. You may request that it be removed by another comment, preferably in the same thread.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We mainly intend to provide information in the form of news stories. Information collected in the course of journalism, but not used in news stories, if not destroyed, will saved under reasonably secure conditions. Though we take our best efforts to protect individual privacy, we cannot guarantee that information will remain private if it is, or has previously been, posted on the website. For your safety, please refrain from sharing any information through the website that should not be publicized, and if you have special privacy concerns, please explain how best to accommodate them, as soon as possible.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If we have reason to believe the website has been breached, we will announce this to the public on the website (if it can be made online promptly) or through our social media outlets.

What third parties we receive data from

For fact-checking purposes we may request third-party confirmation of specific details for a story, or verify the credibility of a particular source. The Akismet anti-spam service also receives certain third-party data, though it operates without our direct interaction.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Thi Orbit does not engage in tracking or profiling. However, we also reserve the right to take any measures required to prevent griefing or spamming, including the use of the Akismet anti-spam service, which does automatically filter certain types of comments.