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    About Yabberz

    Yabberz is a social news platform for news commentators with one simple mission: To find the best news comments and news commentators.

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    About Yabberz

    Yabberz was founded to encourage civic discussion in a positive, engaging, and entertaining manner. We are a social news discussion platform with one simple mission:
    To find the best comments and commentators on newsworthy events


    The Yabberz News Gnome

    The Yabberz news gnome is a playful spirit who lives underground. Observing the diverse and complex world above, the gnome converses via the Internet with anyone willing to chat. The gnome's intelligent comments and observations leave the world a better place. Gnomes try to get along with everyone, even trolls, though they work to get them to change their ways.


    Why Yabberz?

    Yabberz is a unique social news platform for bloggers and commentators to share ideas and discuss complex issues in an intense, yet fun and safe environment. In essence, Yabberz strives to be a safe place to debate issues and have your opinion be heard and count for something.

    The site is very unique in its comment first approach to news and news discussion which makes it easier for a blogger/commentator to stand out as opposed to being buried below an article, advertisements, and then three thousand other posts. We also feature a unique rewards system of ratings, sponsorships, and leaderboards to help commentators be discovered and engaged by a variety of audiences while building their own personal brand.

    Yabberz community members are given freedom to create discussions from Top News articles hosted on Yabberz or create a new discussion with a topic headline, links, and images from around the web. Users are also welcomed into any of the on-going discussions that have already been started, and they are encouraged to build following/follower networks of other interesting users to facilitate discussion and customization of the platform to an individuals interests.


    Who Isn't Yabberz for?

    Yabberz is NOT for you if you have made up your mind on every single issue, you are not open to debate, or you never want to interact with someone whose views might be radically different than your own. We strive to keep the site safe, but discussions are often on complex and passionate issues. Yabberz is not for users, who see one party, belief system, or country as having all the answers. Yabberz is for people who believe that leadership around the world should be more accountable, transparent, and work for the people.

    While Yabberz has a system of flags for posts that may not meet our Community Standards and we also have an easy way to block users that may not be right for you, there are going to be times you find other Yabberz users and their opinions to be both wrong and frustrating. If you can't handle seeing and reading passionate opinions that are very different from your own, then Yabberz is also not for you. Yabberz strives to have strong intelligent dialog representing all sides of each issue.


    Community Standards

    Yabberz is dedicated to putting Commenters and their Comments FIRST. We want to be a model for excellence in civil public discourse. We promote a receptive, transparent and respectful atmosphere for comments and users. We believe it is possible to disagree with someone else without being disagreeable. Our guidelines for commenters reflect these values.

    We are dedicated to maintaining a respectful community that actively engages in lively discussions about news stories from the professional media, blog articles written for Yabberz and other community based websites, comments made to these stories and articles here at Yabberz and replies to those comments.

    The Founders and tech team at Yabberz ask you to please be polite to all the members of our Community. We want our community to be a welcome and safe space for individuals, groups and their ideas. As such, rudeness, insults, name-calling, hate speech, threats, hostility, conversation hijacking, baiting language or pervasive negativity will be subject to sanctions. These include Yellow and Red Flagging, the removal of offensive posts, suspension of the right to post, and banning from the community.

    Please Note: If you directly or indirectly threaten the physical or mental well being of a member of this community, or an individual or group, you will be removed immediately. If a credible threat is made against an individual or group, not only may it be removed but it is likely that it will be reported to law enforcement agencies. Yabberz will cooperate with them to any extent requested.


    Our History

    Yabberz was founded in 2013 by Mike and Melissa Horton. The company is funded by private investors and is located in Mountain View, California. Yabberz first became publicly available in an Alpha test phase in March 2014, and it is now in a Beta+ pre-launch phase.


    Founders

    Melissa Horton Co-CEO / Creative Director

    Melissa is a team builder and entrpreneur. Melissa was an Executive Recruiter for the Engineering Leadership team at Google for over half a decade. She has over 15 years of experience establishing recruiting teams for small startups, and has started two businesses of her own. As Yabberz, Creative Director, she runs the company's day to day operations including recruiting and hiring, and provides artistic direction for the company's internet and mobile applications. Melissa graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science.


    Mike Horton Co-CEO / Technical Director

    Mike is a successful entrepreneur and technologist. He co-founded Crossbow Technology with A. Richard Newton (UC Berkeley) in 1995 and was the company's CEO from its inception until it was sold to Moog (NYSE: MOG.A) in 2011 for $45M. As an early pioneer in MEMS-based inertial sensors and wireless sensor network based systems, Crossbow grew to annual revenues in excess of $20M. Crossbow was funded by Morgenthaler Ventures, Paladin Capital, and Cambria Capital Group, as well as corporate investors Intel and Cisco. The company's innovative sensor technology is found in private jets, construction and farming equipment, military weapons systems, and video game consoles. Mike heads Yabberz's technical direction and vision. He holds 10 patents. He earned his Masters and Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

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    Yabberz Inc. ("Yabberz") welcomes you. Yabberz.com provides a social news platform that allow users to make comments, collect points on comments, build networks with other commentators, have discussions, post bulletins, search for comments on current events, rate your fellow commentators, personalize your content, build a website audience, interact with other users, post links and photos, among other features (collectively Yabberz.com or Site or Yabberz Services) . You are solely responsible for your use of any features and you use them at your own risk. These Terms of Service (TOS) and the YABBERZ Privacy Policy, set forth the terms and conditions that apply to your use of YABBERZ.com. These Terms apply to all visitors, users, and others who access Yabberz.com. The Terms may be updated by Yabberz from time to time without notice to you. BY USING YABBERZ.COM, YOU SIGNIFY THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF SERVICE WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE A REGISTERED USER OF OUR SERVICES. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE YABBERZ.COM.

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    Yabberz owns, has licensed, or otherwise has rights to use all of the content that appears in the Yabberz Service. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary herein, you agree that you have no right to the Virtual Items and Points appearing or originating in any, whether earned in a Yabberz or purchased from Yabberz, or any other attributes associated with an Account or stored on the Yabberz Service. Yabberz prohibits and does not recognize any purported transfers of Virtual Items effectuated outside of the Yabberz Service, or the purported sale, gift or trade in the "real world" of anything that appears or originates on the Site, unless otherwise expressly authorized by Yabberz in writing. Accordingly, you may not sublicense, trade, sell or attempt to sell Yabberz Virtual Items or Points for "real" money, or exchange Virtual Items or Points for value of any kind outside of a Yabberz, without Yabberz's written permission. Any such transfer or attempted transfer is prohibited and void, and will subject your Account to termination.

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    You agree to pay all fees and applicable taxes incurred by you or anyone using an Account registered to you. Yabberz may revise the pricing for the goods and services it licenses to you through the Service at any time. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YABBERZ IS NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A REFUND FOR ANY REASON, AND THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE MONEY OR OTHER COMPENSATION FOR UNUSED VIRTUAL ITEMS OR POINTS WHEN AN ACCOUNT IS CLOSED, WHETHER SUCH CLOSURE WAS VOLUNTARY OR INVOLUNTARY.

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    YABBERZ may run advertisements and promotions from third parties on the Site. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through Yabberz.com, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. You agree that Yabberz shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such third party advertisers on the Site.

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    YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF YABBERZ.COM IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. NEITHER YABBERZ, ITS AFFILIATES NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS WARRANT THAT (i) YABBERZ.COM OR SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (ii) THE YABBERZ.COM OR SOFTWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE; (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF ANY INFORMATION, SERVICE, SOFTWARE, OR MERCHANDISE PROVIDED THROUGH YABBERZ.COM WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH YABBERZ.COM OR SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS; AND (v) ANY ERRORS ON THE SITE OR IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. YABBERZ.COM, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DOWNLOADABLE SOFTWARE, IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF YABBERZ.COM OR SOFTWARE IS ACCESSED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR AND HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION WITH RESPECT TO ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM, INTERNET ACCESS, DOWNLOAD OR DISPLAY DEVICE, OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM YABBERZ.COM OR SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY. NEITHER YABBERZ, ITS AFFILIATES NOR ANY OF ITS RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS ARE LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD-PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU. IN NO EVENT WILL YABBERZ, ITS AFFILIATES NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS OR ANY PERSON OR ENTITY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING OR DISTRIBUTING YABBERZ.COM OR THE YABBERZ.COM SOFTWARE, SHALL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF YABBERZ HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (a) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE YABBERZ.COM; (b) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES; (c) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (d) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON YABBERZ.COM; OR (e) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO YABBERZ.COM. IN ADDITION TO THE TERMS SET FORTH ABOVE NEITHER, YABBERZ, ITS AFFILIATES, NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR CONTENT PARTNERS BE LIABLE REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OR DURATION, FOR ANY ERRORS, INACCURACIES, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER DEFECTS IN, OR UNTIMELINESS OR UNAUTHENTICITY OF, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN YABBERZ.COM, OR FOR ANY DELAY OR INTERRUPTION IN THE TRANSMISSION THEREOF TO YOU, OR FOR ANY CLAIMS OR LOSSES ARISING THEREFROM OR OCCASIONED THEREBY. NONE OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS OR LOSSES OF ANY NATURE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. NEITHER YABBERZ, ITS AFFILIATES NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR CONTENT PARTNERS WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THE TIMELINESS, SEQUENCE, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS INFORMATION. ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES AS TO THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE INFORMATION.

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    You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Yabberz, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of the use of Yabberz.com by you or your Account, including, without limitation, any claims or allegations made that you have violated the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or rights of publicity of any third party.

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    You may terminate your Yabberz account by submitting such termination request to Yabberz.
    You agree that Yabberz may,without prior notice, immediately terminate, limit your access to or suspend your Yabberz account. Cause for such termination, limitation of access or suspension shall include, but not be limited to, (a) breaches or violations of the TOS or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b)requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) discontinuance or material modification to Yabberz.com (or any part thereof), (d) unexpected technical or security issues or problems, (e) extended periods of inactivity, (f) engagement by you in fraudulent or illegal activities, and/or (g) nonpayment of any fees owed by you in connection with Yabberz.com. Further, you agree that all terminations, limitations of access and suspensions for cause shall be made in Yabberz's sole discretion. Yabberz shall not be liable to you or any third party and shall not be required to provide refunds, benefits, other compensation for any termination of your account.
    Termination of your Yabberz account includes any or all of the following: (a) removal of access to all or part of the offerings within Yabberz.com, (b) deletion of your password and all related information, files and content associated with or inside your account (or any part thereof), and (c) barring of further use of all or part of Yabberz.com.
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    Termination of your Account can include disabling your access to the Service or any part thereof including any content you submitted or others submitted.

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    Yabberz reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, Yabberz.com(or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Yabberz shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of Yabberz.com (or any part thereof).

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    YABBERZ own all rights to their logos and trademarks used in connection with the Site. All other logos and trademarks appearing on YABBERZ.com are the property of their respective owners.

    Miscellaneous:

    Entire Agreement. The TOS constitutes the entire agreement between you and Yabberz and governs your use of the Yabberz.com, superseding any prior version of this TOS between you and Yabberz with respect to the Site. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other services on Yabberz.com, affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software.
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    How do I create an account?

    Hit the button in the upper right corner of the www.yabberz.com site. You can create your own Yabberz account by filling out the information requested, or you can login using your existing social media account thru Yahoo, Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

    Can I stay anonymous if I decide to join in with Twitter, Facebook, Disqus, Google+, or Yahoo?

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    Yabberz supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE 10+ (we do not recommend using our website with IE versions below 10). Our website is a responsive website meaning that we have created it to adapt to various platforms such as a mobile device. We will be working on native mobile applications for Android and iPhones in the near future.

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    When you validate your email, an initial first welcome post is automatically generated. It announces you are now a member of the Yabberz Community. This post appears under the topic New Members. You can find this post either on your About Me page or in the section of the website called "Corners" at the bottom left of the main left hand side menu. Corners are special streams of comments that are not on the news. Your first New to Yabberz post will appear in the New Members corner under New Members.

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    Go to the https://www.yabberz.com site and click the white button that says “Login”. A screen should pop up. If you have created your own Yabberz account, type in your email and password. Click on the blue “login” button which is on the right hand corner of the pop-up screen. If you want to login with your social networks, hit the appropriate social network and you will be directed to their site for logging in.

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    What is the Corners section? Yabberz News, New Members, Suggestions and Help

    Yabberz has a section called Corners found near the bottom left of the main page / left hand navigation section on mobile. Currently, Corners has three subsections related to the site's operation, services, and new members: Yabberz News, New Members, Suggestions and Help. Posts made in these corners will not show up on the main streams unless the Topic is changed.

    At the Yabberz News corner, you will find posts from our Admins that provide alers, updates and other related site info or announcements. New Members contains welcome posts and messages from our newest members, and is a place where you can welcome them. At Suggestions & Help you make a suggestion, post a question, or get help/community guidance.

    How do I make a suggestion or post a question for help/community guidance?

    Yabberz has a section called Corners, located near the bottom of the left side menu, which has several special topics. One such topic is the Suggestions & Help. Please post your question or suggestion here.

    Editing Your Profile, Password, and Avatar

    I’ve created an account can I change my handle name?

    Your handle name is a reflection of your brand as an amateur news commentator. It is not meant to be changed. If you want a different handle name, please create a new account or contact support@yabberz.com.

    How do I change my email on my account?

    We do not have the capability for you to change your account’s email address directly on the site. We will be adding such a feature in a future upgrade. If you would like to change your email address on your account, please email support@yabberz.com with your request and we will change it for you.

    How do I change my password on my account?

    Click on your avatar. Upper right hand corner of the screen. Click “Edit Profile”. Click on “Reset Password” (Scroll down on the pop-up window to see the button. The pop-up window scroll is the inner scroll bar on the side of the screen). Type in your new password and click on the “Save Changes” blue button.

    How do I edit my gender, age, and party affiliation?

    Click on your avatar which is on the upper right hand corner of the screen. Click “Edit Profile”. A drop down menu of your gender, age, and party affiliation should be there. Don’t forget to click “Save Changes” which is the blue button on the bottom of the pop-up window (Scroll down on the pop-up window to see the button. The pop-up window scroll is the inner scroll bar on the side of the screen.)

    How do I change my avatar?

    Click on your avatar which is on the upper right hand corner of the screen. Click “Edit Profile". You have the option to Create a new avatar (click on Build a new Avatar), Edit your existing Avatar (click on Edit your Avatar) or Uploading your own image (click on Upload an Image). Don’t forget to click “Save Changes” which is the blue button on the bottom of the pop-up window (Scroll down on the pop-up window to see the button. The pop-up window scroll is the inner scroll bar on the side of the screen.)

    How do I center my Avatar or Picture?

    Once you are in the “Edit your Account” pop-up window (to get there click on your avatar on upper right of screen, then click on “edit profile”), choose whether you want to create or edit your avatar or up load your own image. Please look for arrow buttons that look like this. You can click the side or up and down arrows to center your Avatar. If you are Inserting your own image, the whole image will move when you click on the buttons. If you are using our avatar tool, the arrow buttons center whatever selection you are on. For example, if you are selecting a set of ears, the arrow button will help you center your ears in relation to your head shape.

    Comment and Topic Box/Reply Box

    How do I start a topic and comment of my own?

    Yabberz allows users to create a topic and comment in any of the Comment Streams or on the Active Discussions page. There is a main comment box on the top center of each of these pages. Once you start entering your comment in the comment box, notice that a topic box will show up on top of the box. Please enter a topic or title for your post. When you are done entering information in the comment and topic boxes, click on “post”.

    How do I reply to an existing comment?

    You may reply to a comment in the Comment Stream Subsection or you may reply to a comment in the News Stream Section. Either way every comment has a reply box. The reply box is right below the rating bar for that particular comment. Write something in the reply box and click on “Post”.

    What does the post editing tool bar do?

    Once a comment or reply box is activated, the post editor tool bar appears at the top of post box. The post editor tool bar has a wide variety of formatting features to make your post distinctive and clear. There are rich text features for bold, italic, paragraph and more. There are also powerful features for adding links, photos, images and mentioning users in a post. Yabberz commentators designated as Pundits enjoy additional features in the tool bar, and can mark a top level, conversation starting posts, as a pundit post. Pundit posts enjoy special visibility on the Yabberz site.

    How do I comment on a news article?

    If you go in the News Stream (left side of the screen) news article from AP and Reuters are organized under different categories such as Top News, Politics, Sports, Entertainment etc. After ever news article there is always a box that allows you to start a discussion on the news article.

    Can I edit the title topic?

    When starting a thread from the main comment box, you can select or choose a topic. Once posted, if you started the thread, you can change the topic of the thread. If you are replying to an existing thread. To edit the title of a post, click Edit and then look for this symbol at the top of the post. Please note, when posting on the "News Feed" section of the website, the topic is preselected and can not be changed (except when branching a discussion).

    Can I branch a discussion or change the topic of an existing thread?

    If you started a thread, you can change the topic/title of the thread. If you are replying to an existing thread, you can branch the discussion onto a new topic. Look for this symbol in the post editor toolbar. If you branch a discussion to a new topic, then your reply will show up on the old topic thread with a link to the new discussion topic and thread. Your top post of the new discussion thread, will also include a back link to the original discussion thread

    How do I know that my Post published?

    Your post will not necessarily show on the very top of your “My Stream” page when you first post. It might be 2-3 post below if some top posts that have had a lot of activity. You can check on you "About Me" profile page or also on the "My Posts" comments stream to find a history of your posts.

    Where can I find the history of all my posts?

    The "My Posts" comment stream has all of your posts from most recent to oldest. You can also go to your “About Me” profile page. Just click on your Avatar on the upper right hand corner of the site to get to your “About Me” page. Your “About Me” shows you a summary of everything that you have done and all that has happened to you.

    Adding Links, Photos, Videos and mentioning Users in a Comment or Reply

    How do I add a link to a comment or reply box?

    Links can be added in all comment and reply boxes found on the site. Click on this symbol and paste your link or simply paste in a link directly to the text box. Also if a title for the post has not been set, the autolinker will set the title of the post to the article title. This can be easily changed by clicking the Change Topic button. . The first link added (generally) auto populates a picture and article summary for you. You can add additional multiple links to the post using the link tool or by pasting in additional links to the text box.

    How do I control which link is used in the preview/thumbnail?

    Multiple links can be added to a post but only one is shown as a full link thumbnail/preview. You can control which article is set to preview using the link control menu. Click on the link in the post box prior to posting, and the link control menu shown below will load.

    How do I add a photo to a comment or reply box?

    Photos can be easily added to posts. Look for the following symbol in the editor menu . You may also add photos using copy and paste as well as drag and drop.

    How do I add a video to a comment or reply box?

    Videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and sites that provide an embed tag video code can be added to a post. Look for the following symbol in the editor menu

    How do I mention a user by name in a reply ?

    Look for the Mention Users symbol below the reply button to use the add/mention a user link feature. The drop down menu will show all users active on the thread in a menu like the one shown in the image below. You may also search for any user on Yabberz using the search box. Adding a user's name will automatically generate a notification to the mentioned user that they have been mentioned in a conversation. Note, if the user mentioned is also the user that you are replying to, they are notified once (not twice), and they are notified specifically that they have received a reply. Otherwise, the user will receive a notification stating that he or she has been "mentioned" in a conversation.

    Comment Streams, News Feeds and Active Discussions

    What is the difference between “Comment Streams” and “News Feeds”?

    The Comment Streams are based on articles, comments, and replies and the articles they import through links first and foremost. It is broken up by stream type. "My Stream" (customized to your preferences), "My Posts" (posts you have written), "Trending" (posts that are recent that have more activity on them), "Recent" (posts in time order), "Best of Week" (most highly rated posts for the week). You can create a new top level post or "article" with your own topic on the very top of the page in the comment box, or you can find another users post and reply to it directly taking a conversation of interest forward.

    The News Feeds are currently anchored by News Articles from the Associated Press and Reuters. You can create your own comment to the article in the comment box or you can reply to existing comments to the article.

    How do I see the most active discussions on the site?

    If you look at the top left of the page there is a heading called “Active Discussions”. This view shows the set of on-going active threads on Yabberz sorted by most recently updated. The active discussions page also indicates if a discussion is leaning towards a political side.

    Navigating the Site: Threading/Viewing Conversations, About Me, Notifications, Searching Topics, Controlling what you see

    I see a quote and would like to see the full conversation. How do I view a full conversation?

    When you see a comment on the subsection of the Comment Stream, you will notice right below the reply box is a “View Thread” blue button. Click on “View Thread” button and a pop-up window with the condensed version of the thread (a thread is a conversation) will pop open. If you would like to see the full conversation, click “full conversation” on the upper left corner of the pop-up window, and the full conversation will show up.

    How do I navigate a long thread (conversation), what does the little magnifying glass do and what are the funny numbers by a user's name on a thread?

    Navigating a long conversation where users are replying to users over and over again can be confusing. We have built a few little tools to help make it easier. Please reference the image below as an example. The blue bounding box indicated this is the "selected post" you are viewing. The little number by Rache511's name indicates this is her 7th post on the thread. This helps keep distinct the different posts a user may have on one thread. To see what Rache511 is referring to quickly, click on the parent name (in this case NYSLP) or the magnifying glass, and a brief summary of the parent post will appear. You can click the link to follow the thread back up one level, and continue to repeat that until you arrive at the first post or article which started the thread. The small arrow on the left hand side allows you to travel backward or forward to the last post you viewed.

    How do I get a summary of all the things that has happened to me – who has rated me, who has replied to me, and whom have I replied to and rated?

    Go to your “About Me” page. Just click on your Avatar on the upper right hand corner of the site to get to your “About Me” page. Your “About Me” shows you a summary of everything that you have done and all that has happened to you.

    Can I get summary of all the things that has happened to someone else?

    Go to their “About Me” page. Click on the person’s Avatar if you see it on any of subsection of the Comment Stream. Alternatively, you can go to the search bar – upper left hand corner of the site. It will look like this . Type in the persons Handle Name and hit return. If the search does not produce their handle name, click on “show search options” and change the duration time bar from 2 days from the time you think the person was last heard on yabberz. Click on search again. You might have to refresh the page to do a 2nd search.

    Will I get notified if someone mentions me, replies to me or rates me?

    Yes a notification summary email is sent out everyå 8 hours. If you want to change your notification setting please look at the specific notification email that was sent to you, click on “Click here to unsubscribe” to change your email notification settings. You will also see a notification bell every time you log in. When you have new messages the bell will look like this . The red number indicates the number of new messages or ratings that you received. If you click on the bell and blinking red number, you can see all of your new activity since you last checked in. After reviewing a notification and going to the post, you will see a red check mark on the notification indicated that you have read that notification. It looks like this

    I can’t seem to find the topics that I am interested in?

    If you can’t find the topics that you are interested in try using the Search. The search box is located on the upper left corner of the main page. It will look like this . If you are on a mobile device only the magnifying glass may appear, in this case first click the magnifying glass for the search box to appear. Type in the topic that you are interested in. If the search comes up with nothing, try refining your search with different key words and/or click “show search options” and change the duration time bar from 2 days to a longer period of time. Click on search again. (Sometimes you might have to refresh the page to do a 2nd search).

    I see topics that I don’t care for or threads that seem to dominate the “My Stream” page, how do I control what I see and don’t see? How does the follow/unfollow work?

    When you first sign in to a Yabberz account, your “My stream” will be the same "Trending" stream that is displayed to the general public. However, as you comment on certain topics, follow and unfollow certain people, rate on certain topics/people; our algorithm will try to cater your comment stream based on what it thinks you like and dislike based on your actions. In other words if you don’t care for a particular commentator we would suggest that you not follow them since that would impact your “My stream” viewing. Conversely if you like a commentator, then follow them and their posts will show higher in your "My Stream" and when they share a post you will be notified. Also if you post on a topic, then other posts from that topic will be prioritized and listed as a "Favorite Topic". If you no long care about this topic, then slick the settings gear on the post and Remove Topic. Do keep in mind that the algorithm only impacts the “My Stream” page only. In addition, if there is a thread that you don’t like and you think it is dominating the discussion please click on the on the upper corner of a comment and Ignore Post (removes that post permanently from your feed) or Remove Favorite Topic (deprioritizes the topic) and that thread will disappear from your “My stream” entirely. Conversely if there is a topic that interests you, but you don't want to make a comment, select "Add Favorite Topic".

    How do comments gain or lose visibility?

    When a comment receives a quality reply (our algorithm detects for one liners) it gains visibility. In addition if it is rated positively it gains visibility. Comments that receive lots of negative points but lots of replies also can maintain visibility. Comments that receive no replies but lots of down ratings will fall off visibility pretty quickly.

    Rating, Sponsorship, Points, Flagging

    How do I rate?

    Once (and as long as) you have a balance of at least +1 accumulated point, you can rate posts made by other users. Our regular rating bar allows you to rate someone from -3 to +10? Look for the rating slider bar shown below. However, However, you can give to a user a special boost by Sponsoring an especially excellent post. All values double up to +20 points. Please see explanation of “What does the Sponsorship Badge do?”. You can rate any post on Yabberz one time. You can also edit your ratings if you change your mind or accidentally rate a post incorrectly.

    Why not a more balanced -10 to +10?

    Yabberz emphasizes positive interaction even when that interaction is critical of an idea, argument or concept. We can disagree with each other and still interact in an agreeable manner. Studies of rating systems show that negative ratings have a much greater negative impact on users than the positive impact created by the same number on the positive scale. Simply put: a -3 feel a lot more negative than a +3 feels positive.

    Our rating scale accentuates the positive while still providing room for a measured negative response.

    What are Ratings?

    Ratings are one of the unique ways that Yabberz invites our members to interact. They give our members the opportunity to provide their assessment of the value of an Article or a Comment or a Reply to the writer. You do not need to write something to let a poster know what you think of his/her contribution or how you are reacting to it.

    Our regular rating slider allows you to rate someone from -3 to +10. You give ratings by clicking and holding on the slide tool and then moving it up or down the bar. Set your rating by releasing the click button. If you want to change your rating, use the "Edit Rating" link and follow the prompts.

    The exception is when a writer has been awarded an "Sponsor Badge" by a fellow Yabberz user. For one hour, Plus Points awarded are doubled in value.

    What do Ratings do?

    Ratings are the principal way that you give and get points. What is the advantage of getting points? When you earn points as a result of your comments being uprated they count towards your ranking on the Leadership Board. We recognize the Yabberz Community Leader of the Week every week and we promote our leaders within our community. In addition, you can spend points on Sponsorships and Shares which help promote your posts within the community. Our long term vision is to identify smart, intelligent, commentators. We will invest in promoting our leaderboard commentators so that they may build a brand for themselves over time.

    And besides, we have heard that giving and getting points is.....well, fun!

    What do Ratings mean?

    A rating of 0 is neutral and is the default rating for all posts. Since Yabberz emphasizes positive interaction among our members our scale favors up rating but we recognize that sometimes a post just does not sit right with a member and he/she wants to let the poster know it. A rating of -3 to -1 is a negative rating with -3 being the most negative.

    A rating of +1 is a slightly positive rating; +5 is moderately positive, and +10 is very positive. When a Sponsor Badge is present positive, users are able to rate a post to +20 points.

    What do Ratings assess/refer to?

    Our rating system is a very flexible tool.

    Ratings can refer to many things:

    Quality of Content (argument made, ideas, point of view, evidence presented, sources cited)

    Style (readability, vocabulary, phrasing)

    Ability to Move a Conversation Along

    Encouragement of other Posters

    Sign of Friendship/Appreciation

    Welcome Mat to new members

    Combination of Several Factors

    Express agreement or disagreement, although it is always best to express this with words!

    We recommend posting a response when giving negative ratings to help explain your reasoning for the negative rating

    How do I know what a community member meant by the rating?

    They might tell you specifically in a comment. "+8 for a great link!"

    They might refer to some element in your post that gives you a strong clue. "A really value great sources. That's a great one."

    They might not say a thing about your post but add new ideas leaving you guessing. So, you can ask. "I see you gave me a -3. How come?"

    They might not leave a comment at all in which case you can use the Ratings Meter explained below to find the rater and then find one of their comments and ask the question. "Hi, at my comment on Mice Empires you gave me a +4. Can you tell me why?"

    Can I correct or change my rating?

    Yes, once a post has been posted you can click the edit rating button to enable editing of the post. Once clicked, your old rating is immediately removed and set to 0. You can then set a new rating on the post.

    How do I know I’ve been rated and by whom?

    On the right of a comment you will see a number as shown in the graphic above. Hover your mouse over the number and the history of who rated you will appear. The red and green bars indicate the relative amount of positive and negative on the post, the drop down list shows who has rated you. Click on the X on the right hand side of the word “history” to close the rating history for this comment.

    What is Sponsorship and what does it do ?

    Sponsorship - Cost: 100 Points

    Allows for a post to be rated to +20 for a 1hr duration per sponsorship
    Sponsorer's avatar is added to the post, next to the badge, for 1hr and permanently to the sponsor's list
    Permanently marks post as a sponsored post along with an active and post sponsors dropdown list

    What happens if two or more users Sponsor the same comment about the same time?

    Additional time is added to the sponsorship. For example, suppose I use the on a comment. It is given an hour but has been utilized for 20 minutes when someone adds an additional . The tool then will stay on for another 1 hour and 40 minutes. (2hrs – 20 minutes). In addition during the active duration of the sponsorship, the Sponsorer's avatars rotates back and forth once every five seconds giving both sponsorer's active visibility. In addition both sponsorer's will be permanently added to the sponsor's list drop down as shown below.

    How do I earn points?

    If people rate your comments up, then you earn points. Points earned from your posts during a one week interval impact your position on the weekly leaderboard. Spending points on sponsorships does not impact your leaderboard position. Your total accumulated points (total points) is the sum of your points from points less spending on badges over the lifetime of your account.

    How do I lose points?

    Your comments are down rated, or you spend your points on buying tools. Note spending points does NOT impact your position on the leaderboard. It only impacts your total accumulated point balance. Using your points to sponsor worthy posts will encourage other users to sponsor your worthy posts and help you move up the leaderboard faster.

    What happens when someone nears zero points?

    Yes, you can get in the negative points territory. If you have zero or less points, you will no longer be able to rate posts. If you have negative accumulated points, your posts may automatically lose visibility and your account will be reviewed.

    What is the advantage of getting points?

    You are able to Sponsor other users more readily if you have points. In addition, your weekly earned points on comments count towards the leadership board. We recognize a leader every week and we promote our leaders. Our long term vision is to identify smart, intelligent, commentators via the points and sponsorships. We will invest in promoting our leaderboard commentators so that they may build a brand for themselves over time.

    How do I know how many points I have?

    Look on the upper right hand corner of the site where your avatar is. You will see that there is a number next to your Avatar. The number represents your accumulated points. You can also see your accumulated points on your About Me page. You will also notice that if you are on the Leaderboard you have another set of points specific to the Leaderboard. Please see Leaderboard section for more details.

    What does flagging do?

    Flagging will send an email to our staff to review a comment for violation of the Yabberz Community Standards. Use a yellow flag for a post that you feel is inappropriate and should be reviewed. Use a red flag for a serious infraction of the community standards. Red Flagged posts are reviewed with highest priority. When you click on "Flag" a box opens, please choose the appropriate flag level and reason code. You have the option to enter a message to the administrator when flagging a post.

    Following and Sharing

    Why should I follow someone?

    You should consider following another user if you like to read their comments or see the articles and news they are posting as links. Following another Yabberz user will prioritize those users posts in your "My Stream". Following another Yabberz user will also allow that user to directly share a post with you. When a person you are following shares a post, you will receive a notification that a post has been shared with you. To follow a user look for the for the follow button. It is available at the bottom of every post. It is also available on a user's About Me profile page. At any time you can see who you are following or who any user is following, by going to their About Me page and looking at the tab labelled Following.

    What does it mean to have a follower?

    A follower is a user that has decided that your posts are worth seeing on a more regular basis. Your posts will appear prioritized in their "My Stream". Also when you share a post, they will receive a notification via the Yabberz notification bell. If within 8hrs they have not seen the shared content on Yabberz, then they will receive a notification of the share by email combined with any other outstanding updates they have waiting. At any time you can see who you are following or who any user is following, by going to their About Me page and looking at the tab labelled Following.

    How do I follow or unfollow someone?

    You can follow someone by clicking the follow button located in the menu of buttons at the bottom of each post. You can also go to a person’s “About Me” page by clicking on their avatar and hit the “follow button” or “unfollow button” (if you are already following). On the comment stream pages, you know that you are following someone if there is a check mark by the commentator’s avatar. It should look like this . To unfollow, click on their avatar which brings you to their “About Me” page. There will be an unfollow button below their avatar.

    Following creates a network of users on our site whose posts are of particular interest to you. When you use the Share Button for a particular post, you are given three options: Yabberz, Facebook and Twitter. Clicking on Yabberz Shares that post with your Following. Use discretion in doing this. Admin suggest that you Share posts that are particularly noteworthy. Sharing every or even most of your posts will clutter notifications boxes and lessen the value of sharing. If you also want to share with your Facebook and Twitter followers click on Share again and select them one at a time.

    How do I find who likes to read my posts, agrees with my posts, and/or who is more critical of them?

    Every user's About Me page has a tab labelled Rated By. This tab shows the accumulated point total given to you or taken from you by another user. This is organized from most points given to least. Users who are consistently giving you points are your supporters, and they likely share similar interests or view points. You should consider following them as it may make your "My Stream" more enjoyable.

    How can I share content from Yabberz more directly with other Yabberz members?

    The share button found at the bottom of every post makes sharing a post with your Yabberz, Twitter, or Facebook followers/friends very convenient. To share a post with your Yabberz followers, select the Yabberz gnome avatar. Sharing posts internal to Yabberz costs +25 points, and it is a convenient way to promote your posts.

    How can I share content from Yabberz with users on other social networks?

    The share button found at the bottom of every post makes sharing a post with your Twitter followers or Facebook friends very easy. Click on the appropriate social network logo. If you are not logged in, the corresponding social network will prompt you to do so prior to sharing. Note you do not even need a Yabberz account to share an interesting post onto Facebook or Twitter.

    How can I share content from Yabberz via email?

    To share a post via email click the email icon and enter one or more valid email addresses in the to field of the share post page. You can edit a custom message on the share page and then click send to send a copy of the post to the emails in the to field. Please note one invitation to join Yabberz may in the future be sent to recipients of email shares.

    How can I get a permanent link to the post i.e., a shortened link or pemalink?

    By clicking the share button a shortened permalink to the post is generated, click the link icon (circle furthest right) in the share dialog and a shortened permanent link will popup in an alert. This short URL is a permanent reference to the post.

    Leaderboard

    What does it mean to be on the leaderboard?

    The General/Overall Leaderboard is found on the “My Stream” Subsection of the Comment Stream, as well as the other comment streams. The beginning of every week we announce the #1 Leader for the General/Overall Yabberz Leader for the week. We mark the time period starting Monday 12AM ending Sunday at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time. The person who has the highest score ending Sunday 11:59PM is recognized as the #1 Leader of the week on our Facebook and Twitter Page. We will continue to make plans for further promotion of the people on the Leaderboard.

    How do I become a leader?

    The Leadership "Race" is ongoing and is based on the last 7 days of information and activity. This 7 days is rolling, which means we capture information based on the last 7 days. Once a week, we take a snapshot on Sunday at 12:00 Midnight Pacific Standard Time of the activity that has happened from 12:01 AM PST Monday to Midnight on Sunday. It is that Sunday Midnight snapshot that determines the Leader for that previous week. At 12:01 AM Monday the race continues and your index scores continues to roll base on the LAST 7 days of information. The chart below is an example of how the index rolls based on the last 7 days of information. The Sunday is highlighted in red because it is the Day, we recognize the snapshot for the Leader of the week.

    The leadership index is based on the following six factors. At any given time, the maximum value you could get per factor is 1000 and the maximum index value you can achieve is 6,000 (6 factors x 1000). The following is a general explanation on how the index is computed.

    Factors:

    • 1) Ratings Points – is based on how many points you have received within the last 7 days. This factor is computed relative to your peers. In other words, the person(s) with the highest points on Yabberz within the last 7 days, will receive the full 1000 value.
    • 2) Replies – is based on how many distinctive users have replied to any of your posts within the last 7 days. This factor is relative to your peers. So the person(s) with the most replies from different users relative to all of Yabberz users will receive the full 1000 value.
    • 3) New Users – is based on how many new users have rated you within the last 7 days. This factor is relative to your peers. The person(s) with the most points from New Users (defined as who has joined within the last 7 days) will receive the full 1000 value.
    • 4) Followers – is based on how many followers you have since you have opened a Yabberz account. This puts users who have been with Yabberz for longer with a slight advantage. This factor is relative to your peers. The person(s) with the most followers will receive the full 1000 value.
    • 5) Blocks – Is based on how many people you have blocked above 5 as well as how many people have blocked you. If you have not blocked more than 5 people, and nobody has blocked you, you should receive the full 1000 value. The more you block and the more people have you blocked this will impact your position. This factor is relative to your peers. Note: We will be changing this algorithm next week that if someone has you blocked and has not logged on to Yabberz for more than two weeks this will not count as a block.
    • 6) Flags – The more confirmed flags you have the less your value for this factor. If you have “0” confirmed flags you will receive the full 1000 value for this factor. This factor is relative to your peers. So if you are the person(s) with the most flags on Yabberz within the last 7 days your value will be “0”.

    Blocking Users

    Can I mute somebody?

    Yes, you can stop see another user's posts or receiving replies from another user by Blocking them. The block option is available using the gear tool on the post's right hand side in the main feed or by going to the user's about me page and clicking Block under their avatar. Note once a user has been blocked you will not see their posts and they will not see your posts. Blocking a user also prevents a user from following you, and it cancels any pre-existing follow/following relationships. When you unblock a user, if you still find your are unable to see their posts, then this user also has you blocked.

    Can I prevent someone from rating me?

    Yes, you can stop a user from rating your posts by Blocking them. The block option is available using the gear tool on the post's right hand side in the main feed or by going to the user's about me page and clicking Block under their avatar. Note once a user has been blocked you will not see their posts and they will not see your posts. Blocking a user also prevents a user from following you, and it cancels any pre-existing follow/following relationships.

    Can I prevent someone from seeing my posts and following me?

    Yes, you can stop a user seeing your posts by Blocking them. The block option is available using the gear tool on the post's right hand side in the main feeds or by going to the user's about me page and clicking Block under their avatar. Note once a user has been blocked you will not see their posts and they will not see your posts. Blocking a user also prevents a user from following you, and it cancels any pre-existing follow/following relationships.

    Troubleshooting, Misc

    The Avatar picture seems to be uploading sideway? Can I turn it around?

    This problem normally occurs when you are in a mobile device. However if you are experiencing it on a desktop for our regular supported browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE 10+, report the problem to our technical team at support@yabberz.com and let them know.

    I hit the full conversation but I can’t see the post I was looking at?

    Sometimes the quote is buried underneath a "more post" that might say something like this . It does not look like it is clickable but it actually is and will expand the replies.

    My link does not seem to take using the link icon?

    Occasionally links do not load properly. Either post as a raw link or try refreshing the page and reinserting the link.

    Why does the dial just keep on going on and on and nothing seems to happen?

    If you are in the popup window display for a conversation (also known as the pop-up window display) and have hit the "full conversation" button but nothing seems to be happening, it is probably because the thread is very large. Very large threads can take a very long time to load. We are working on addressing this issue.

    The post button seems to be missing?

    Double click on the comment box a couple of times and the Post button should appear. This normally happens in older versions of Firefox and we are working to get this fixed.

    Can I edit my rating?

    Yes, you can edit your rating after it is made, by click the blue button Edit Rating which appears at the bottom of the comment box. It first resets your rating to zero, and then you can adjust your rating to a new value.

    Can I edit my post?

    Yes, you can edit your post by clicking on the edit button.

    How do I know when a new user came on?

    You can meet new users on the New Members feed located in the corners section of the website.

    How do I delete an account?

    Please contact support@yabberz.com

    Getting Help and Feedback?

    If you have further questions or suggestions on Yabberz please do not hesitate to contact us at support@yabberz.com.







    Privacy Policy


    Thank you for visiting Yabberz.com. Your privacy is important to us. As such, we provide this privacy statement explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used that apply to our Site. When you use any of the Yabberz Services (as defined in our Terms of Service, you are agreeing to the terms set forth in the Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with these terms or with the means by which Yabberz.com deals with your personal information, you may not use the Yabberz Services. Questions regarding this Privacy Policy may be directed to us at privacy@yabberz.com.

    Overview:

    Yabberz is a online social news service that promotes online communities and discussion. We fully support freedom of speech. We give you the options to identify yourself in public online communities, in whatever format you’re comfortable with.

    Information We Collect:

    Our Service allows for an interactive experience by integrating a commenting platform. By using our Service you understand and agree that we are providing a public comment sharing platform and that we or other Users may search for, see, use, re-post any of your User Content that you make publicly available through the Yabberz Services. Terms that are not defined in this Privacy Policy have the meaning given them in our Terms of Service.

    Personally Identifiable Information:

    We collect information that can be used to identify you as an individual (Personally Identifiable Information) only when you provide such information directly to us in connection with the Service. We ask for Personally Identifiable Information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, ZIP code, occupation, industry, and personal interests when you register for a Yabberz account on our Site, or if you correspond with us (in which case we will also retain our responses). We may also retain any messages you send through the Site, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to Yabberz.com. We may receive Personally Identifiable Information about you from third parties, including, for example, information about your transactions, purchase history, or relationships with various product and service providers, and your use of certain applications. For example, if you access our website through a third-party connection or log-in, for example, through Facebook Connect, by following, ìliking,î linking your account to Yabberz Service, etc., that third party may pass certain information about your use of its service to Yabberz. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account, any information you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. You should always review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to our Site.

    Non-Personally Identifiable Information:

    We also collect and use information about your interactions with the Service in a manner and format that does not identify you as an individual (ìNon-Personally Identifiable Information). We may collect, use, and disclose Non-Personally Identifiable Information as set forth below.

    Payment Information:

    If you purchase points or virtual goods from the Site, we will collect the billing and financial information necessary to process your charges, which may include your postal and e-mail addresses. Yabberz may also receive the billing and payment information that you provide when your purchase is processed by another party, such as Facebook (for Facebook Credits) or Apple (for purchases on iOS devices). Our Terms of Service explain our policies and terms relevant to our charges and billing practices. Please note that purchases of third party credits or currencies like Facebook Credits may also be subject to additional policies.

    Information Collection on Partner Sites:

    We may receive and collect information from users of third party sites which use Yabberz Services ("Partner Sites") about you and your usage of Yabberz Services on their sites. Unless you have allowed the Partner Site to share Personally Identifiable Information, such information will not include Personally Identifiable Information, but may include Non-Personally Identifiable Information and/or report anonymous information about your usage of the Partner Site and the Yabberz Services on that site. How We Use and Share Personally Identifiable Information

    Who we may share your Personally Identifiable Information with:

    We may share your Personally Identifiable Information with third-party business partners for the purpose of providing the Service to you. Those business partners will be given limited access to the Personally Identifiable Information that is reasonably necessary to deliver the Service, and we will require that such third parties comply with this Privacy Policy.

    Who you may choose to share your User Content with:

    Any Personally Identifiable Information or content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the Service, such as User Content, becomes available to the public, as controlled by any applicable privacy settings. To change your privacy settings on the Service, please change your profile setting. If you remove information that you posted to the Service, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Service, or if other Users have copied or saved that information.

    What happens in the event of a change of control:

    We may buy or sell/divest the company, or any combination of its products, services, assets and/or businesses. Personally Identifiable Information such as customer names and email addresses, User Content and other user information related to the Service will likely be among the items transferred in these types of transactions. We may also transfer or assign such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions or similar transactions or proceedings.

    Instances where we are required to share your Personally Identifiable Information:

    Yabberz will disclose Personally Identifiable Information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) to enforce our Terms of Service or to protect the security or integrity of our Service; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Yabberz, our Users or others. Yabberz recognizes the following guiding principles for any required sharing of information to third parties:

    Submitting law enforcement requests:

    Yabberz, Inc. is located in Mountain View, California and will only respond to valid legal process in compliance with U.S. law. When requesting user information, official law enforcement authorities should submit the following information by mail to Yabberz, Inc., Law Enforcement Requests, P.O. Box 1348, Mountain View, CA 94042:

    Non-U.S. law enforcement requests:

    U.S. law authorizes Yabberz to respond to requests for user information from foreign law enforcement agencies that are issued via U.S. court either by way of a mutual legal assistance treaty. Yabberz will respond to such U.S. court ordered requests when properly served.

    How We Use and Share Non-Personally Identifiable Information

    Ads on Yabberz:

    We may also share certain information such as your location, browser and cookie data and other data relating to your use of our Service with our business partners to deliver advertisements (ads) that may be of interest to you. Yabberz may allow third-party ad servers or ad networks to serve advertisements on the Service. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser or mobile device, the ads and ad links that appear on the Service, and will automatically receive your IP address when they do so. They may also use other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, device identifiers, location data, and clear gifs, see above) to compile information about your browsers or devices visits and usage patterns on the Service, and to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize the advertising content. Yabberz does not sell, rent, or share the information we collect directly from you or about you from third parties with these third-party ad servers or ad networks for such partiesí own marketing purposes. Please note that an advertiser may ask Yabberz to show an ad to a certain audience of Users (e.g., based on demographics or other interests). In that situation, Yabberz determines the target audience and Yabberz serves the advertising to that audience and only provides anonymous aggregated data to the advertiser. If you respond to such an ad, the advertiser or ad server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach. The Yabberz Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, third-party advertisers. Please consult the respective privacy policies of such advertisers or contact such advertisers for more information.

    Information posted in Public Forums:

    The Service provides a commenting platform and you should be aware that any information which you voluntarily include and transmit online in a publicly accessible blog or otherwise online may be viewed and used by others. We are unable to control such uses of your information, and by using such services you assume the risk that the information provided by you may be viewed and used by third parties.

    Changing or Deleting Your Information:

    All registered users may review, update or correct the Personally Identifiable Information provided in their registration or account profile by changing their user preferences in their account. If you choose to opt out entirely, then your account may become deactivated and you will need to re-register should you decide to opt-in again. To delete your account entirely, please click here. However, you understand and agree that we are not able to remove your Personally Identifiable Information from the records of any third party who has been provided with your information in compliance with the use and sharing policy outlined above.

    Security:

    Yabberz is very concerned with safeguarding your information. Yabberz uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the Service. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your email communications from Yabberz, at all times. Notwithstanding the foregoing measures, Yabberz cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Yabberz or guarantee that information on the Site may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of Yabberzí distributors, such as social networks. Yabberz is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.

    Policy Towards Children:

    This Site is not directed to children under 13. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children under 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for an account. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information to or on Yabberz. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at privacy@yabberz.com.

    Links to Other Web Sites:

    We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from the Service, nor the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from the Service to another website, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including those that have a link on our website, is subject to that website's own rules and policies. Please read over those rules and policies before proceeding.

    Contact:

    If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please email us at privacy@yabberz.com.

    Changes to Privacy Policy:

    Yabberz may, in its sole discretion, modify or update this Privacy Policy from time to time, and so you should review this page periodically. When we change the policy, we will update the last modified date at the bottom of this page. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of any changes to this policy means you accept such changes. This Privacy Policy was first published and made effective on February 1, 2014.

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