There are some tips to make online browsing more secure.. at least it can serve to raise awareness..
Practically all sites are using cookies and tracking user behavior nowadays to "improve user experience" (no matter how questionable it can be). Our site is no different.. This is pretty much standard in 2018. I'm surprised that anybody is questioning it.. I can guarantee that all these clicks and statistics are used for good purpose and serve the community. They are used to sort and promote quality content to provide you - members - with information you need and also to give us - Team Overgrow - tools to prevent misbehavior and spam.
The site would not be safer without tracking for example clicks to external sites. It is exactly the opposite. We are responsible for content that users put on our site and for that we need to understand how members are using the site through statistics like the one in question.
And of course our site is compatible with tactics recommended in article above, so we explicitly invite you to use whatever means you find appropriate to secure your online browsing via 3rd party tools (TOR, VPN, etc).