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Proposed Change: Updated Categories & Blogs

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      It has been a couple of weeks, since we announced the new Yabberz mission.

      We are proud to be a source of information and discussion for efforts to resist the Trump agenda and to be a more focused platform.

      We are now considering ways to get members more involved in the site. We want to give members more control of the story lines around the mission, while at the same time giving the site a more innovative and consistent editorial direction.

      In order to do this we are proposing a set of new category topics that reflect the mission and give “power users” who wants to help shape the Yabberz voice more real estate. What this means exactly is not quite determined but here is rough sketch.

      New Categories would replace the old categories (US News, Hobbies, Personal Stories etc). Over time these new categories can become blogs themselves offering users a new dimension to gain traction and visibility for their work.

      New Categories

      Just News

      For when you are posting a timely news link just to get it up, fast, with little added commentary or opinion. Should be a reputable link on a discussion worthy event.

      Indivisible / Resist

      Stories of grassroots Trump resistance wether thru personal action, personal opinion, or group action via membership in an Indivisible, SwingLeft, Together We Will, or other group.

      Sane 60

      Political stories written from Center. The middle, “sane 60 percent”, and the classic Eisenhower Republican.

      World View

      Stories written with an International Perspective on US Politics and other important World News.

      Bernie’s Voices

      Stories and opinions from the Progressive agenda, best exemplified by Bernie’s historic grassroots candidacy

      Sun Sky Star

      A Technology and Futurism blog. Looking at the latest news in the tech world from the perspective of individuals.

      Wilner’s Art

      A Blog on Art and Culture. We have named the blog after Jonathan Wilner as he single-handedly has brought a very different angle to the site with consistent high-quality posts on Artists of the world.

      Health

      Stories about healthcare and health issues.

      Personal Stories

      Personal stories that may not fit the other categories

      MEMEs / Fun

      Fun MEMES or when you just have no idea where this goes

      Suggestions And Help

      Same as Before

      Members are always welcome to post in any category. Members who want to help lead one of these categories, please let me know on the site or at mike@yabberz.com

      I, for example, will try to post more regularly to Sun Sky Star, on various goings on in tech and how they impact people.

      Feedback on this proposed change is welcomed.

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      We Have A New Pundit. Who Is It?

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          Dear Yabberz Family,

          We would like to welcome Logic as a new Pundit to the Pundit Circle. Logic will be the first Pundit added in 2017, and we are excited to have him on board given the recent change to our mission. Logic brings clarity and precision to his writing, and he takes great effort in doing his research for accuracy before articulating his point of view. Below is some information on who Logic is:

          I am an avid proponent of education and that the application of knowledge is actually power. I will always remain a student of knowledge and information because it allows me to grow and write with a sense of purpose. I am open to discussing any issue, as well as challenging those that needs to be challenged.

          I am neither a democrat, republican, nor independent. I am simply an individual searching for truth in a society that doesn't always subscribed to honesty and integrity. I'm a firm believer in what Malcolm X stated, "I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole."

          I believe the above quote dictates the power of thought, speech, and action as it relates to all things socially, morally, and politically as they relate to this thing we call life.

          For more information on Logic go to: https://www.yabberz.com/logic

          Congratulations, Logic! We are very excited that you are part of the Yabberz Pundit Family.

          -Mike and Melissa

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          The New Mission

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              Dear Fellow Yabberz Members,

              Democracy has been compromised with the election of Donald J Trump. The truth now has no name; hypocrisy no limits. Hate and division now rule the free world. We shall not wait until we falter. As of February 2017 the Yabberz mission has changed to the following:

              Yabberz Mission

              ·Resist, Repeal, and Replace Donald J Trump.

              ·Yabberz connects people to discuss and coordinate resistance news, ideas, and experiences.

              ·Yabberz also serves as a community to simply and safely vent frustration with Trump’s policy and meet like-minded activist.

              Who Isn't Yabberz for?

              Trumpkins


              ALLOWED AND VALUED:

              All Sexes and Sexual Orientations

              All Religions

              All Citizens Around the World

              NOT ALLOWED AND NOT VALUED:

              Fake News, Alternative Facts

              Bigots Or Racists

              Direct monetary solicitation. Promotional, advertorial content of any kind


              Posts or commentators who cannot relate to our mission will be removed. Although we are now a Resist Trump platform, please take note that Fake News regardless of its political position will not be tolerated. So please check your links for authenticity before posting and avoid putting direct links to State media sites such as Breitbart or media outlets owned by the Trump family.

              Civility has always been a core value at Yabberz and it shall remain part of our mission. For further information on the Do’s and Don’ts on Yabberz go to www.yabberz.com/rules. If you believe in our mission, share our site and tell your friends this is where they can congregate to Resist.

              A new movement is forming. Our Democracy is worth saving. We look forward in hearing your thoughts and ideas on how to Resist.

              Please note, the logo and share button icons have been updated to more clearly reflect this mission.

              -Melissa & Mike Horton

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              GOODBYE -3? Bringing An End To Point Bombing!

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                  Announcing New Self-Moderation Options for Readers and Writers on Yabberz.

                  We are pleased to announce several important changes at Yabberz based on our observations of behavior on the threads, on your requests and suggestions, and on trends in moderation on social media.

                  The first change is that Rating has been simplified. No more slippery sliding bar. No more minus ratings. Just three choices +1, +5, or +10. A simple click to rate. When a post is sponsored the value doubles to +2, +10 and +20. You can edit your rating at any time.

                  Why no negative ratings? After long consideration and experience, we have come to the conclusion that the -1, -2 and -3 are not really useful. Members value a thoughtful, civilized, rebuttal much more than a -3 with no explanation. That practice has been referred to as "Point Bombing" on this site. So no more Point Bombing.

                  How then will a member show disapproval? We have consolidated old and new self-moderation options using the new and improved Flag button. We believe that the new options under Flag will greatly improve the utility of the site by further customizing it to meet specific needs. Below is a screen shot with all options.


                  The Flag button will give the member access to the previous self-moderation tools including the ability to Unfollow a member, Block a member, and Report a post.

                  Unfollow remains unchanged although we think presenting it as additional option under flag maybe more logical.

                  Report has combined the Yellow and Red Flags into a single one that reports violations of our standards/rules/guidelines to the moderation system for review.

                  Block has also been modified to emphasize the purpose for which it was designed: to separate members from each other. We believe that a reasonable, minimum period for cooling off should be 7 days.There will now be a 7-Day waiting period between blocking and unblocking.

                  And now our new tools: Ignore and Off-Topic

                  Ignore:

                  Removes a discussion from a member's home page and category feeds, and it stops shares from this thread from hitting their notifications. Why would someone want to ignore a discussion? If he/she believes a discussion is of no interest or if he/she is getting an endless stream of shares on a discussion of no interest, use Ignore. In a nutshell, ignore lets our members unfollow and hide a discussion which does not interest them easily and efficiently.

                  What if a member changes his/her mind? To find the Ignored comment use the Search, or go to the author's Profile. If a member thinks that he/she might want a second look, he/she can always bookmark the discussion before ignoring it,

                  If a member has posted in a discussion which they later decided to Ignore, he/she will still receive notifications regarding his/her own post (replies to it, points awarded).

                  Off Topic:

                  We decided that it is important for the authors of Discussion Starters to have the ability to moderate their discussion in an effective way. If the author believes that a reply or a sub thread is way off base and distracting the conversation from their intended purpose then they can Off-Topic it. That reply or sub-thread and its associated downstream replies will be moved off the Discussion Starter thread to an Off Topic sub thread. NOTE: The reply and Sub Thread has NOT been deleted/removed. It is just that it is no longer connected to the Discussion Starter. This Off-Topic reply can still be shared and rated, so the member who has been Off-Topiced can continue their discussion on that sub thread.

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                  Other Changes:

                • Added discussion category (news, hobbies) etc in notifications and on the post itself.
                • Twitter embeds and editing posts with embedded twitter tweets now work better.
                • Updated rules to re-iterate that conspiracy theories denying or questioning accepted fact on mass murder events such as the Holocaust, Sandy Hook, 9/11 and are not appropriate content for the site. Also we may remove posts if they do not comply with our ad-networks content policies or contain illegal content in countries where we or our ad-network partners operate.
                • Fixed a couple of other minor bugs related to profile pages not always showing the correct friend/follower check marks.
                • If you are on Android - simply restart the app to make sure you get the latest code.
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                  Invite A Friend With A Simple Link

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                      We have had a number of requests for a simpler way to invite one or more people to join and follow you on Yabberz. Until now the two best ways (which both still work) are :

                      (1) to use the Find Friends email importer and invite tool. BTW, this is a great tool - much cleaner and more transparent than Facebook or Twitter's version of the same thing.

                      (2) to share a Post/Thread Link using the Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus buttons found on every post using Share button. This one has been working well for Yabberz in spite of all of Facebook's changes.

                      NOW, there is a 3rd option that does not require an external social account nor requires using our email importer tool. We now offer an invite link on your personal profile page. The button to generate this link is shown below highlighted in red:

                      When you click the Invite Link button, a popup will appear (as shown below). Simply email the provided link to whomever you want to invite. They will be prompted to connect with you while visiting your profile page. If they do choose to join, you will receive a reward as outlined in the screen shot.

                      BTW, the link provided can be used as many times as you want. It is always available.

                      But wait, there is more.

                      You also have the ability to generate an invite link on every post. So if you want to invite a friend to read an article and simultaneously offer them a chance to join and follow you on Yabberz, then just use the "link" button found on every post on Yabberz. See it below.

                      Hope to meet and learn from all your friends on Yabberz.

                      Have a nice weekend !

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                      New Search Features, Android App Released In Play Store

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                          Two Exciting Developments this Afternoon....


                          The new Yabberz Android app is now available in the Google Play store for public download. Thank you to the beta testers who helped me check it out. The app requires Android 5.0 and higher. You can download the app directly from the Play Store by clicking the Play Store icon on your phone and searching for Yabberz. We will add the app on the Amazon store for Amazon's Android devices shortly.


                          New and Improved Search

                          Can't find your old post? Can't find a reply to you that is now lost 3 months back in notifications? Can't find an old article that you forgot to bookmark?

                          We have a solution. SEARCH !

                          The free text post search function is significantly improved. Search is at https://www.yabberz.com/search or click the Search link on the left hand side of the screen under your About Me link.

                          The following new search options help pin point the post you are looking for:

                          * Search Just Discussion Starters (Top Level) Posts

                          * Search By Date Range

                          * Search By Members including handy short cuts to search JUST your posts, or JUST replies to you.

                          The results display also does text highlighting in Yellow so you can see the matches.

                          If the results are not the ones you want, then find a unique word common in the results, and add '-word' in the query box and it will remove those results narrowing the search.

                          Below is a screen shot of the search options in action. In the example, I search for the word 'Android' but just included discussion starters in a certain date range and written by me. Finally see in the results the word 'Android' highlighted in Yellow.

                          Check it out and let me know how it goes.

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                          Android Native App BETA Tester Request, Additional New Features On Yabberz

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                              Yabberz will shortly release a new "Native" Android App

                              See some screen shots below of the upcoming Yabberz Android App. The app includes swipeable tabs for Home, Notifications, Chats, and your Profile Page, a left hand drawer menu for the topics, a drop down for settings, mobile notifications, search and pull/swipe down to refresh.

                              The app is not publicly available yet. It is in private BETA. We are asking for some beta testers.

                              As this will be Yabberz's first native app release, prior to its release we would like a few members to help complete some beta testing and work out kinks across the many flavors of Android devices. If you are interested in beta testing the Yabberz Android App, please contact me at mike@yabberz.com. I will send you a special link to download the app.















                              If the feedback on Android App is positive, we will then release a native iOS app in the next couple of months. Native Apps are a big deal. For example, now a whopping 90% of Facebook traffic is from their Native mobile apps. These apps will significantly increase the number and diversity of readers of the site.


                              New features on WWW.YABBERZ.COM

                              1) It is now easier to see who follows you, who you follow, and who are your friends while browsing Yabberz threads. There are three distinct symbols that are found in the top right corner of an Avatar. See the symbol key below. These symbols are also now shown in the drop menus and displays for points and sponsorships. We also offer the follow button in a number of new places to make it easier and faster to follow fellow Yabberz members.


                              Following. Same symbol as before. This means you follow the member whose avatar has this check.



                              Follows you. This new symbol shows you that the member follows you.


                              Friends. This new symbol shows you that you follow the member and they follow you. You are "friends" and can send private messages to the member.


                              (2) When you are leaving a page that has a post that you are actively editing on it, we now actively request the browser to warn you. This feature is to try to help prevent inadvertantly leaving a page while you are editing a post. This most commonly occurs because the Delete key in all modern browsers can force the browser to Navigate to a new page. Hopefully this feature reduces occasional inadvertent post loss during editing.

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                              Welcome BridgeTourJade To The Pundit Circle

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                                  Hats off to BridgeTourJade a new member of the Pundit Circle. Bridge, as most members on Yabberz have referred him to, is a Dinosaur Eisenhower Republican. A professional Bridge Player by trade, BridgeTourJade is a Member of the International Bridge Press Association and has represented the USA over 30 times in international competitions. Bridge spends part of his time as a radio personality and was featured in America’s Dining and Travel Guide with Pierre Wolfe. A motivational speaker, musician, chef, athlete, entrepreneur and now Yabberz Pundit we welcome BridgeTourJade to the Yabberz Pundit Circle. Congratulations!


                                  To learn more about Bridgetourjade, go to:

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                                  Please Welcome David Murray To Our Pundit Circle

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                                      We are very excited to announce David Murray to our Pundit Circle. David is a jack of all trades. He has spent 10 years of his life as a merchant seaman and 18 years teaching college. He writes for a weekly trade publication about the towing and barge industry and is also a freelance writer. David is an avid reader and a history buff. He brings a wealth of different and interesting topics on to Yabberz. Despite having strong and impassioned beliefs on various topics on Yabberz, David has always maintained a respectful, fervent, and professional tone in conveying his point of view. Congratulations David! We welcome you to the Pundit Circle.



                                      To learn more about David Murray, go to:

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                                      The New And Improved Yabberz

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                                          Good Morning. We are happy to release the new and improved Yabberz. There are two major changes and a few minor but very handy updates.

                                          1) The first major change is that there are now topic based feeds. The “Discussions” and "My Stream" page have been combined and relabeled as “Home” (see top left corner under favorite).

                                          One way to reach the specific topic feeds is with the tool bar are across the top of everypage. This has links to the major topics. We settled on the following topics to start based on the collective input from the community:

                                          • US & World News
                                          • Hobbies & Interests
                                          • Personal Stories
                                          • Tech & Science
                                          • Entertainment
                                          • Sports
                                          • Business
                                          • Travel
                                          • Misc/Other

                                          It is now required to pick a topic when posting a discussion starter. Please choose the best topic fit.

                                          Do’s:

                                          Do use the topic Misc/Other for MEMEs, satire, conspiracy theory or political related topics that are not supported by a large and credible new source but that still meet our terms of service for posting.

                                          Do use the topic Misc/Other Fun posts, videos and random topics that don’t feed the other topics are also good for Other.

                                          Do use the the topic US & World news for posts on current events that are supported with a link to a large, trusted news source (or their video) and your independent written analysis (not a MEME or cartoon).

                                          Do use the topic, Suggestions and Help, for questions or suggestions about Yabberz functionality.

                                          Don’t:

                                          Do not post overly political content in other subject area topics such as Hobbies or Sports etc. US & World News or Misc & Other are the two topics for political content. When starting a topic, you will find a topic selection drop down underneath the title bar.

                                          Do NOT post the same post multiple times under different topics. There is no visibility benefit to posting a post on multiple topics. Reposting a post in multiple categories will be deemed as spam. Pick the best fit and post once. All topics flow to your main home feed.


                                          2) Secondly, we have changed the way discussions are now filtered, have relabeled some pages, and have added a few new featured pages.

                                          New Way:




                                          Old Way:








                                          The description of the new option tabs are as follow:

                                          Trending - Is the same as the “Discussions” on the old home page. Trending is discussions sorted by current activity. In addition, you can narrow down to a specific trending topic as demonstrated in the image below.







                                          In addition to a sort by Trending there are more options:

                                          Live - Live is the same as the old “Recent” except it is now improved to auto-update without refreshing the page (hence "Live"). Live includes new discussion starters and replies.

                                          Leaders - Leader is the same as the old column for leader board, except it has its own page now with business card formats.

                                          New - New Featured Page! “New” sorts discussion by start date. It does not include replies. It is just new discussion starter posts.

                                          Start - New Featured Page! "Start" is like your own virtual news desk with links and videos from well known publishers. "Start" is available for each specific topic. Click start to instantly use any of the article, video, or embedded Facebook/Twitter posts as the basis for your new article. When using start, there is no need to write a title or set a topic, this is done automatically.


                                          Pundits Posts are now available as a category at the top left. Leadeboard Profiles and Pundit Profiles have been added, under the More Info tab as well.


                                          Last but not least, we cleaned up the look and feel of the site to reduce clutter. We also added a really handy back to top button. When you scroll down the page, the new symbol appears on the lower right of the page. Look for this little symbol and click it.


                                          After reading this a few things worth an FAQ:

                                          Where is the leaderboard? - the leaderboard is now a tab. Look for it underneath the main post box, next to Trending. It is also on the left hand side in More Stuff

                                          Where is recent? Recent is now the Live tab, and it is literally live and auto-updating.

                                          What is Start? , I want to really encourage folks to Check out START. Start has lots of interesting news on it. Sometimes it is just nice to read it and look at the videos. Be sure to filter START to the Topic Area you are interested in e.g., Sports to get a better, less random listing.

                                          We look forward to your feedback, and seeing how the new START virtual news desk feature works for members. Cheers.


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