I apologize for the outage on the site yesterday and today. Lamar University is in Beaumont Texas and Hurricane Laura came through here and caused a brief power outage at Lamar. Things should be up and running at this point and (hopefully) will stay that way, at least until the next hurricane comes through here which seems to happen about once every 10-15 years. Note that I wouldn't be too suprised if there are brief outages over the next couple of days as they work to get everything back up and running properly. I apologize for the inconvienence.
August 27, 2020
Your privacy is very important to me and in light of that I feel that I must disclose the following information.
I use Google Analytics to track usage statistics for this site. Google Analytics tracks a variety of general information including things like browser and operating system type/version, country location of visitors, pages viewed, time spent on the site and frequency of visits. To do this Google does set a cookie on your computer. What Google Analytics doesn't track is who you actually are and I have no way of knowing that.
I use this information to determine where traffic to the site is originating, which pages are the most popular and the capabilities of the browser/operating system of visitors. Knowing this information is important and useful when I determine new features to add and where I need to concentrate my efforts of the site.
I also use Google Analytics to help track some "behavior" on the site. Examples are how people navigate through the site (i.e. do you use the side menu or the top menu to select topics, do you download pdf's (if you do) from the download menu or from the page with download URLs, do you use the print function etc. This is done without any personally identifiable information and I only see aggregate amounts of the number of times say the side menu was used for navigation and how many times the top menu was used for navigation. Knowing this information is useful to me in determining where to add links to new topics/features/etc and just generally if certain features are even being used or if they can be removed.
The statistics tracked by Google Analytics will be shared with others only if required to do so by law or if required to do so by Lamar University. Lamar University provides the computer on which this site is hosted and so I can't prevent them from viewing the statistics if they should require it.
This site will also, on rare occasions, set a cookie of its own. When it does set a cookie it is only so the site will remember your decision in certain rare instances (most notably if you have chosen to hide a notice that I put on the site) and will never track any personally identifiable information.