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To Vinglers: Thank You For Your Strength and Compassion
Vingle is a place to connect with people who love the things that you love. Many Vinglers have become best friends and in a few cases, they've become like family. Recently, the Vingle community was shocked by news of a fellow Vingler @BBxGD's illness. Rather than despairing or falling silent, the Vingle Kpop community's response was absolutely incredible. Hundreds of messages, comments, and cards were written cheering for @BBxGD and offering her support and positivity. When a large group of Vinglers organized a social media campaign to ask Korean entertainers to send encouragement, Vingle did whatever they could to help. Vingle reached out to Big Bang's Taeyang to let him know how brave @BBxGD has been during this tough time, and how incredibly loving and supporting our Vingle community is. He was touched and, wanting to offer his prayers and support, was kind enough to send @BBxGD a personal message and CD. Taeyang asked us to send these to @BBxGD from Korea. We hope this little gift will give her more positive energy and power to get over her illness and recover fast. This is a testament to not only @BBxGD's strength as a person but to how truly loving the Vingle family is. This could never have happened without the support from the Vingle community. The entire Vingle Team was moved by the kindness that was shown, and we are so proud to be the platform of such a caring community. Now we ask all of Vingle to take a moment to send love and positive thoughts towards @BBxGD. Thank you, Vinglers and stay strong, @BBxGD!
Vingle Bells Christmas Giveaway!
Time to end 2015 on a high note with a two-part Vingle Bells Christmas Giveaway! From December 21 - December 28, Vingle will be hosting 9 Community giveaways as part one of the Vingle Bells Christmas Event! This is your chance to explore other communities, make new friends, and grow new interests. How to Participate: - Winners are based on the number of cards they comment on in a specific community. Try to join as many conversations as possible! - Only cards published in the specific community count towards the specific community event (For example: Vingler comments on 3 Anime and 4 Marvel cards. User has 3 points towards Anime and 4 towards Marvel, not 7 total points.) Tips: - Don't just stick to your usual community. Explore other areas of Vingle! - Make sure you have joined the community you are participating in! (Go to the respective community page and hit ‘Join’) - Vinglers may participate in as many community events as they would like, but can only win one prize. - Communities will be monitored closely and spamming will lead to disqualification. Make your comments matter! Participating Communities: K-Pop Come to the Vingle Kpop community to squeal about your bias, discover new music, participate in challenges, and best of all, find other Kpop fans around the world! Winner will receive: A surprise box including Kpop stickers and Korean munchies! Join the conversation: Vingle K-pop Community -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vingle Kpop App Users: It would be a lot easier for you to participate in this event with the original Vingle app, which will let you explore all 3,000 communities! Download it here: iTunes App Store / Google Play Store Japanese Anime Join the Vingle Japanese Anime community and share your inner otaku! Whether you're looking for a new anime to watch or you want to talk about your favorite characters, this is your place to shine! Winner will receive: An Anime goodie bag complete with an awesome sticker pack! Join the conversation: Vingle Anime Community ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vingle Anime App Users: It would be a lot easier for you to participate in this event with the original Vingle app, which will let you explore all 3,000 communities! Download it here: iTunes App Store / Google Play Store Funny This is your chance to share your world-reknowed sense of humor with the crazy characters in the Vingle Funny community. Laughing is more fun when done with friends! Winner will receive: A gift box that will make you giggle including the ultimate guide to insults and comebacks! Join the conversation: Vingle Funny Community Sports For the die-hard fans who never miss a game, check out the Vingle Sports community for predictions, recaps, and more! Winner will receive: A personalized gift with the winner's choice of team from the MLB, NFL, NHL, or NBA! Join the conversation: Vingle Sports Community News Whether it is breaking news or a look into the past, here is your place to discuss how fast our world is changing, and to see what other people around the globe are thinking! Winner will receive: A news-junkie's goodie bag complete with a journal for your next big story! Join the conversation: Vingle News Community Marvel Comics From the comics to television series, the Marvel Comics community is there for you to talk about anything from hard-hitting issues like human rights, or if Spiderman wears boxers or briefs. Winner will receive: A Deadpool kit with all your essential Deadpool gear! Join the conversation: Vingle Marvel Community Video Games Do you live more in the gaming world than in reality? The Video Games community is the best place to find other gamers and to bring your gaming to the next level. Winner will receive: A gift box perfect for the mobile gamers! Join the conversation: Vingle Video Games Community Love and Relationship From the old married couples to the single crowd, the Love and Relationship community is all about living and learning together! Winner will receive: A hand-picked romantic gift box for couples and singles alike! Join the conversation: Vingle Love and Relationship Community Self Improvement Just in time for the new year, check out the Self Improvement community and find friends who will help you finally stick to your goals, and inspire you to make new ones! Winner will receive: A Self-Improvement starter-pack complete with a stress relieving coloring book! Join the conversation: Vingle Self Improvement Community Have a great week exploring our awesome communities and please look forward to Vingle Bells Christmas part two! Happy Holidays, Vinglers!
VINGLE KPOP SURVEY RESULTS!
Okay guys, I organized all 168 responses and here's what you said! WARNING: LONG CARD AHEAD! 10 responses answered yes, and 14 said that they had seen bullying or put-downs happen on Vingle :/ While it is AWESOME that almost 90% of you have never seen that, this is a good chance to remember that feeling are easily hurt online and there are always misunderstandings. If you ever feel like someone is being malicious towards you or another Vingler, please reach out to the Moderators of the community and hopefully we can work together to make everyone feel safe here again. Annoying Stuff: It was great seeing almost everyone say they didn't find anything annoying BUT there were some valid concerns! 1. Irrelevant Cards! Please check out THIS CARD about posting in relevant communities. All Kpop cards can go in Kpop but for the sub communities, please think if your card really belongs there! 2. Copying Cards and Credit If a new MV comes out or there is breaking news, please understand that people will post the same thing many times - its just the nature of the internet. Maybe check the community to see if someone had already posted about it before sharing something brand new! ALSO if you're participating in a game, please try to find the person who started it and link to their original card (or at least mention them in your card for credit!) 3. Incorrect Information Please check your facts before posting news/rumors :) OR if it is just a rumor please make it clear that the facts aren't confirmed yet. It's hard to tell on the internet! Also, if you're posting fake subs please say somewhere in the card that it is fake! 4. Mature Content As many Vinglers are here for just Kpop and not Fan Fic, please try to keep anything above pg-13 fan fic in JUST the fan fic community. Also, for all kinds of mature content, please try to give a warning in the title or first line of the card! 5. Notifications HERE is a tutorial for changing your notification settings. For how the actual notification system works, that's something only Vingle can handle so the best we can do is leave suggestions! What could make Vingle Kpop, as a community, better? 1. Delete Comments Here is how you can delete comments from your cards and report any thing that makes your uncomfortable :) 2. Tutorials! Check out the Vingle community here for tutorials :D If you still have questions, leave a comment on one of those cards to request a new tutorial^^ 3. Just more interaction in general Let's all work on that! Not just commenting but more events and maybe meet ups :) If you have ideas be sure to message the mods or comment here or something^^ 4. More variety Some groups are more popular here on Vingle, let's try to share more love for other groups too! It's easy to talk about just one group but I'm working on diversifying my content too^^ Hi Newbies, Lurkers, and Rare Commenters! This is your TIME TO SHINE! Our family is crazy and wild and its so much more fun when you join the party :) Other comments: I LOVE VINGLE. It has literally changed my life forever. I feel so much more happier to be able to talk and connect about something I love so much with other people. I get in the best mood and have a better day after going on Vingle! :) I just wanna say that this is the best community i found on vingle everyone i have met so far are part of my vingle family. You guys rock, thanks for making my love of Kpop bloom in vingle and be able to share with other who love it just as much <3 I'm glad I've found this community I really don't feel like a crazy person for liking different things. Honestly it's what I've been searching for This community is rare for an internet gathering of people. I NEVER see hateful or hurtful comments. Like never. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN. It's like magic tech science haha. And this community involves the feels for hot doods and ladies so its like, miraculous pretty much HAHA. Okay guys, I want to share this amazing response we got (this was anonymous but if you would like this taken down please message me - I don't think anything here reveals your identity but I will take it down asap if you feel uncomfortable) It's long but worth the read *warning FEELINGS ahead!* I love VINGLE and I am happy to be apart of this wonderful community. I have noticed that some people have talked about leaving because they don't get enough notice. I don't know how to fix that. I didn't join Vingle to get noticed, I just wanted to learn more about my idols and great music and share the things I love. What I found here was so much more. I was a lurker for at least the first month, so no one noticed me. When I started making cards, very few people took note. But the more active I became and the more I commented on other people's cards, the more I got to know other Vinglers and they started to get to know me to. I never expect to get noticed and the couple times my cards have actually gotten a ton of likes, I was pretty shocked. I saw a card by kpopandkimchi a few months back about not being a silent Vingler; instead of just liking or passively looking at cards she encouraged us for just one day to comment on every card we looked at. I think that was brilliant. She encouraged us to meet each other, to make connections, to participate in this community. A lot of times when I'm hurriedly looking through cards and think of liking or clipping only, I remember that card and instead try to take the time to comment. Each and every one of us who post cards, took the time to put it together. I can see how frustrating it is for that to go unnoticed. So maybe we need to do more of that? Encourage each other to take the time to leave a comment instead of just a like? (edit: i took out the suggestion about official vingle notifications because unfortunately we can't control thatㅠㅠ) Oh, another thought. Kpopandkimchi has recently started a Friday feature that highlights community members by interviewing them and linking their cards or profiles. This is another great way for other Vinglers to meet someone they wouldn't have otherwise. There could be more of this. Vingle could choose a member to introduce every week. I am a community supporter and I would love to have access to a list of new Vinglers who join our community. That way we can issue a welcome card to those members every couple weeks or once a month, which would help the members meet each other. It's hard for some folks when they first join so giving a shout out to those newcomers and introducing them to the community might help. Kpopandkimchi has done this in the past and she did it shortly after I joined. The welcome comments from other Vinglers really made me feel more comfortable in posting my own cards. I got really long winded here. Sorry. The last thing I want to say is how much I love Vingle. This is a place I can go to and be accepted for who I am. I can be as active or inactive as I please. I've made stronger friendships with people I've never met (Vinglers) than I have in my regular life. I've never once felt bullied or poorly treated by anyone nor have I witnessed it happen to anyone else. The fact that cattiness, drama and harassment don't take place here is part of why this community is so great. What I have witnessed is a community come together to support others in need. To encourage those facing a tough situation. I have been awoken at 3am by a Vingler who was concerned about a member who might be hurting herself and asked for my help in contacting her. I have been brought to tears as Vinglers spontaneously made cards to help a member who was being bullied at school. I currently am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support the community members are showiing for BBxGD as she fights a terrible illness. Yesterday, I saw a card from an 8th grader who was simply asking for prayers for their friend who is battling cancer and there were over 30 comments from Vinglers sending their comforting words and prayers. ....So I was shocked to start seeing people talk about feeling bullied. This is simply something that cannot be accepted here. We need to figure out what is happening and put an end to it so that every Vingler can feel safe here. A lot of our members come here to escape the terrible things in their lives and bullying is one of those things. They shouldn't be subjected to it here too. I really love you guys and hope that we can continue to make our family bigger and better every day. You are some of the most spectacular people I've ever been able to talk to and I am thankful that we've somehow all found each other on this messy world wide web. Vingle Family, you guys are amazing and even if we've never interacted, know that I love you very very much! ヽ(﹡⌒v⌒﹡)ノ Okay enough mushy feelings :3 Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for all of your survey responses :D
How to Deal with Anti-Fans Online
We've been seeing a lot of "Kpop fans" kicking up some hate* on social media and I'd like to enlist the help of Vingle's guardian angel Choi Minho to remind us how to deal with them. Minho, if you please: 1. Do NOT Engage. Do not respond to them. That is exactly what they want. Even if they directly reply to you, DO NOT ANSWER THEM. I know they're infuriating and you want to shut them down, but it never ever works. Think of it like a forest fire, if they have stuff to burn the fire will keep growing. Take away their fuel and they'll die off. 2. Flood the thread. Bury the hate under positivity. Send messages of love and praise and hope, to get rid of the hate, anger, and rudeness. Its so much more fun to watch them get frustrated by your sweet messages (not directed at them, direct them at the person they're attacking!) rather than getting in a fight with them. 3. Watch Your Work Pay Off Slowly you see the haters back away and you can pat yourself and your fellow fans on the back for a job well done. Voila! Keep up the good work Vinglers and fight the good fight! * I would, however, like to mention that pointing out and not supporting your faves’ problematic aspects DOES NOT MAKE YOU ANY LESS OF A FAN BUT MAKES YOU AN ENGAGED AND AWARE CONSUMER. What’s the point of being a fan if you’re not a critical one? What’s the point of absorbing media without the intention of analyzing it? If the argument is a constructive one, then don't write off any random person not wholeheartedly supporting a kpop artist as a "hater" :)