Answers to our users' most common questions about StarTribune.com registration.
Here's a list of our users' most common questions about registration. Click on a question below to view the answer.
We're asking our users to register so that we can continue to offer free access to quality local content and to access advanced features. We plan to use the demographic information we collect to target messages displayed on Star Tribune Network sites. This makes their campaigns more valuable and helps us generate revenue, ultimately keeping the sites free. The demographic information also helps us tailor new and existing products to the needs of our audience.
By registering with the Star Tribune Network, you are able to access the majority of content and features, including all content you have enjoyed in the past. You also may elect to comment on stories, enter contests, receive newsletters, participate in Talk, or receive special offers from our advertisers.
Only special features, such as our paid archives, require payment. The majority of content on our sites remains free.
Yes. By becoming a member of the Star Tribune Network, you gain access to the majority of content and features on StarTribune.com, buzz.mn, and vita.mn. However, a few features, such as Jobs and MyCast, require a separate account.
Yes. Though you must be a registered member of the Star Tribune Network to access Jobs, they are separate services and separate accounts. To access Jobs, first register or login as a Star Tribune Network member. Then, when asked to log in to Jobs, enter the user name and password you used the last time you accessed it.
What we won't do:
What we will do.
In order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers and others, we may disclose user information in an aggregate form that does not identify individual users. For example, we might disclose that a certain percentage of our users are female or within a certain age range or live within a cluster of ZIP Codes.
In addition to registration data, we may also keep track of your IP address to administer our Web site and to help diagnose problems with our Web servers. (Your IP address is the identifier assigned to your particular computer when you access the Internet. Depending on how you connect to the Internet, your IP address may always be the same, or it may change each time you access the Internet.)
The user data we collect helps us better know our audience in order to develop new content and features to meet their needs as well as to increase the value of advertising campaigns on our sites. Data is used and shared with third parties including advertisers only in aggregate form; individual user data is never shared.
In keeping with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, sites on the Star Tribune Network will not collect or store personal information from anyone under the age of 13. Users below the age of 13 cannot register for the Star Tribune Network, however, anyone can acquire a 7-Day Pass. If we discover that someone under 13 has become a registered StarTribune.com member, we immediately delete the account and discard any personally identifiable information that we may have collected.
All registered members will very occasionally receive StarTribune.com Member Notices. It's a way for us to stay in touch with our members -to inform them of registration account changes and new member benefits, or to solicit their opinions on site content.
All registered users will also receive marketing e-mail called "FYI". FYI Newsletters are occasional messages about what's new in the newspaper and on StarTribune.com. FYI Offers contain information about products, events and other opportunities from our advertisers. These will be occasional messages about special Star Tribune events or offers. You may stop receiving FYI e-mail by visiting the Member Center.
You may also subscribe to any number of topical newsletters and alerts from StarTribune.com or specific categories of offers from our advertisers such as Travel, Home & Garden, and Pets. You may start or stop any of these subscriptions by visiting the Member Center.
We will send you the FYI Newsletters and FYI Offers as well as any category of Offers you request. Offers are sent to you from StarTribune.com on behalf of an advertiser. You may start or stop your Offers subscriptions by visiting the Member Center. As there are several different categories of Offers; you must subscribe to and unsubscribe from each individually.
We only share aggregate information, which does not include personally identifiable information, with our advertisers so that they understand our audience. Offers e-mail messages are sent from StarTribune.com, so there is no need for us to share your name or e-mail address with the advertiser.
Yes, it would be possible for a brief period. Your account information is updated immediately when you enter new preferences in the Member Center. However, there could be a solicitation already in progress that might generate an e-mail message after you update your preferences. This interim period would be short; it will not exceed seven business days.
When you sign in to Star Tribune Network sites featuring user profile pages, such as vita.mn and buzz.mn, your full name will be included on your public profile. However, this information is optional, and you are welcome to delete it from your account if you do not wish for it to display.
Your first name will be displayed on our home page as a welcome message when you visit StarTribune.com. We will also display your full name, e-mail address and contact information if you update them in the Member Center. Please keep in mind that the Member Center is secure; it can only be accessed by logging in with your password.
If you choose to post a message in our Talk area, be aware that your name - first and last - will be visible to other visitors. We've found that requiring Talk participants to use their full names - rather than fictional "handles" - has generally elevated the quality of our discussions.
We ask users to activate their account to confirm that the e-mail address they submit is active. This decreases the likelihood that an incorrect e-mail address was submitted by mistake or as a prank.
After you register, we will send instructions to the e-mail address that you submitted. Follow the instructions. Account activation is easy. Basically, we ask you to open the e-mail, and click the link that is contained in it.
After you register, you have grace access to StarTribune.com for the remainder of your visit. On subsequent visits, you will need to have activated your account to access StarTribune.com.
It is sent to your e-mail address immediately after you complete registration. You should receive it within an hour. To access StarTribune.com on your next visit, you must have responded to the activation e-mail. For the remainder of your first visit, you have grace access to StarTribune.com. For the remainder of your first visit, you will have grace access to StarTribune.com.
If you do not receive or have deleted you account activation e-mail, please contact us.
The Star Tribune Network is the family of sites that currently includes StarTribune.com, vita.mn and buzz.mn. These sites are all operated by the Star Tribune Company, and share a common database of users.
The eEdition is a subscription-based opportunity to view the print version of the Star Tribune newspaper from your computer. This is especially useful to Twin Cities newspaper subscribers who are traveling away from home and may be purchased one edition at a time or a by subscription with more options. It is not updated throughout the day as StarTribune.com is. Learn more about eEdition, here.
There are several possibilities for why this could be happening:
If none of these scenarios seems to be the case, you can access most of the content on the Star Tribune Network by becoming a registered user.
If you are not logged in, you may click the "log in" link on our home page, or you will be prompted to log in after you view one or two articles. At that time, you need to enter your member name and password in the login box.
When logged out of the Star Tribune Network, you will be prompted to log in if you've passed the limit of content available to unregistered members, or if you've tried to access functionality available only to registered members.
The Star Tribune Network administers registration by using files called "cookies." When you register or log in, we place a cookie on your machine; when you log off, we remove it. As long as the cookie is present on the machine, you are logged in.
We do not set the cookie to automatically expire, so there is no specific time when we will ask you to log in again. However, if the cookie is lost or deleted, you will be asked to log in again. You will be also asked to log in if you use a different computer than the one that you used to register, because it would not have the cookie installed on it.
You may retrieve your member name and password here. They will be sent to the e-mail address you provided at registration. If you have changed your e-mail address, or no longer have access to the account, please re-register.
You can log in to buzz.mn with your StarTribune.com account information without registering. On vita.mn, you can register with your StarTribune.com account information.
You can delete your account by visiting the Member Center and clicking the "delete my account" link. Follow the instructions presented there. By doing so, all but a transactional record of your account will be removed from our databases. Note: By deleting your account, you will cancel your membership and no longer be able to access StarTribune.com.
If you've only used your Star Tribune Network account on StarTribune.com, all but a transactional record of your account will be removed from our databases. This will cancel your membership, and you will no longer be able to log in to the Star Tribune Network.
If you've used vita.mn or buzz.mn, your login for those sites will be disabled, however, your profile and contributed content will remain intact. To request removal of any personally identifiable information on vita.mn or buzz.mn, please contact us directly.
Most standard Web browsers contain a feature called "cookies," which allow a Web site to place information about a user's visit to that Web site in a small data text file that is stored on the user's computer.
Information you provide to StarTribune.com may be stored by us for an indefinite time. This information includes your registration data and what we collect from various contests or services available on StarTribune.com.
You may update any information, except member name, that you submit during registration including your password. To do so, please visit the Member Center.
You should know that when you voluntarily disclose personal information on the Star Tribune Network (for example, in the Talk discussion forums), that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other people. While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot be responsible for information that you choose to publicly disclose. Further, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information.
In addition, our advertisers, content providers, partners and other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through the Star Tribune Network have separate data and privacy practices that are independent of us, and we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those sites directly if you have questions about their privacy policies.
Please submit feedback with any questions not covered by this FAQ. If you prefer, you may also submit questions by voicemail at 612-673-4920.