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Glossary

The StumbleUpon Glossary contains vocabulary and definitions for terms frequently used to talk about the different features and tools of our service. Use these definitions and related Help Center articles following each term as a personal guide to better understand StumbleUpon.

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Addition

A new web page you have added to StumbleUpon’s index. Learn more about adding web pages to StumbleUpon.


Badges

A button anyone can add to his or her web page that allows StumbleUpon members to add a web page to our index or Like an existing page in our index. Learn more about badges.


Blocking

If you block someone on StumbleUpon, he or she will be unable to message or share with you. However, he or she can still visit your profile and see your Likes (though we won’t show him or her as a visitor to you on your Visitors page). Find out how to block others.


Bug

A bug is an internal error in our site code and functionality. With new updates happening all the time we are constantly finding and fixing them. If you see one, check out our Known Issues or send us a message.


Cache

A collection of stored data on your computer containing information that may be required in the future and can be accessed rapidly. Learn how to clear your cache here.


Channels

Similar to Stumbler member profiles, these are profiles created for brands, celebrities and web pages. Stumblers can follow Channels to see content recommended by them in their Stumble stream. Learn more about Channels.


Chrome Extension

Also referred to as the StumbleBar for Chrome, this is the application you can download and install to have the StumbleBar always present and easily accessible in your Chrome browser. Download it here.


Comment

A thought or opinion you leave about any Stumble for other members to read. Learn more about how to leave comments.


Comments button

The button in the StumbleBar that opens a panel to leave a comment about a web page for other Stumblers to see. Learn more about the StumbleBar.


Connected Accounts

Accounts from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn you have linked to your StumbleUpon account. You can manage these connected accounts in your Settings pages.


Connections

These are all other StumbleUpon members you are following or who are following you. Learn more about connections.


Discover

The Discover page is where you can find recommended new Interests, Stumblers and Channels to follow. The more of these you follow, the more signals we have to learn what to show you and the better your Stumbles will be.


Dislikes

   These are the web pages you have seen while on StumbleUpon and indicated you didn’t like by clicking the Dislike button in your StumbleBar (represented by a thumbs-down icon). We keep all your Likes for you on your Profile page so you can access them again later. Learn more about Likes and Dislikes.


Dislike (verb)

   The action of clicking the Dislike button on your StumbleBar that lets us know you don’t enjoy a certain web page and that type of content. Learn more about Likes and Dislikes.


Email Notifications

   These are messages sent to the email account linked to your StumbleUpon account. These emails are triggered by different account activity such as receiving a share, company news, or weekly recommendations. Learn more about how to change your email preferences.


Explore Box

   A feature that lets you Stumble sites about a more specific Interest from thousands of available Interests. Type a word or phrase into the Explore Box and we’ll show you great stuff related to your specific Interest. Learn more about the Explore Box.


Firefox Add-on

   Also known as the StumbleBar for Firefox, this is the program you can download and install to have the StumbleBar always present and easily accessible in your Firefox browser. Download it here.


Follow (verb)

  Following someone on StumbleUpon means opting to include pages they have Liked that are relevant to your Interests in your stream of Stumbles. Learn more about following and how to follow others.


Followers

   These are other StumbleUpon members who have chosen to follow you. Your relevant Likes will be included in the stream of web pages they see when they Stumble. Learn more about following and how to follow others.


Following

   These are other StumbleUpon members who you’ve chosen to follow. Their relevant Likes will be included in the stream of web pages you see when you Stumble. Learn more about following and how to follow others.


Hacking

   When someone gains unauthorized access to a StumbleUpon member’s account through phishing, password guessing or malware programs in order to manipulate or use that account for their own purpose. Often, these “hackers” are trying to get more traffic for their content on StumbleUpon and will hack other Stumbler’s accounts to do so. If you believe your account has been hacked please contact us.


History

   A list of all the web pages that StumbleUpon has ever directly recommended and that you have viewed. Web pages you have navigated to from a link on a Stumble  or have been shared to you by friends will not be included in this list.Learn more about your Stumble history.

Home

   This is the page you see when you first log on to StumbleUpon. From here you can start Stumbling by clicking on a thumbnail or a mode such as Photos, Video or one of your Interests.


IE Plugin

   Also known as the StumbleBar for IE, this is an application you can download and install to have the StumbleBar always present and easily accessible in your Internet Explorer browser. Download it here.


Index

   The collection of web pages added and curated by StumbleUpon’s members.


Info page

   The page for a Stumble that shows several pieces of information including what Interest it is categorized in, who added the page, other Stumblers who have Liked it and any comments about the web page.


Interest

   A general topic that you choose to follow. Following a variety of Interests will help us learn what web pages to show you.


Interest Filter

   The rating associated with your account that indicates what type of Interests you can Stumble. Your account can be rated G, R, or X. Learn more about Content Ratings and Filters.


Known Issue

   These are bugs that we are currently working to fix. Please be patient as we work towards a resolution! See current Known Issues.


Likes

   These are the web pages you have seen while on StumbleUpon and indicated that you enjoyed by clicking the Like button on your StumbleBar (represented by a thumbs-up icon). We keep all your Likes for you on your Profile page so you can access them again later. Learn more about Likes.


Like (verb)

    The action of clicking the Like button on your StumbleBar that lets us know you enjoy a certain page. This page will be added to your Likes on your Profile page so you can access them again later. Learn more about Liking.


Login

   The act of signing into your account (you can login from http://www.stumbleupon.com).


Messages

   Usually “messages”  refer to private correspondences between two StumbleUpon users. You can see your messages by clicking on the Inbox tab on the left-hand panel of your Profile page.


Paid Discovery

   StumbleUpon’s advertising platform. Learn more about Paid Discovery.


Profile

   A StumbleUpon page that is your public representation of who you are as a StumbleUpon member. Among other things, your profile showcases the pages you have Liked, who you are connected to, what Channels you follow and what Interests you follow to other Stumblers.


Profile picture

   The personal image uploaded to your StumbleUpon profile in the Settings of your account. Read about how to change your profile picture.


Share button

   The button in the StumbleBar that opens a panel to share web pages with other Stumblers. Learn more about sharing.


Shares

   Web pages that are sent to you from other Stumblers.


Spam

   Unwanted messages or shares on StumbleUpon. Learn more about spam and reporting spammers.


Spammers

   Members who send you unwanted messages or shares. These members often are actively only adding and promoting their own content. Learn more about spam and reporting spammers.


Stumble (noun)

   A web page that we recommend and present to you after clicking the “Stumble!” button in the StumbleBar.


Stumble (verb)

   The act of clicking the “Stumble!” button to discover the next great web page we have to recommend to you. Learn more about how to Stumble.


Stumble stream

   The succession of web pages you see as you click the “Stumble!” button in your StumbleBar.


StumbleBar

   This is the black bar across the top of your Home screen that is your tool to discovering new and interesting web pages. This bar also lets you rate, share, and comment on the web page you are viewing. Learn more about the bar’s functions.


Stumblers

   An member of the StumbleUpon community who Likes, adds, share and comments on web pages in StumbleUpon’s index.


Su.pr

   StumbleUpon’s URL shortner used shorten links from long URLs into shorter URLs. Learn more about Su.pr.


Suspended

   The act of being banned from StumbleUpon. Members who violate our Terms of Service or Community Rules may have their accounts locked down and suspended indefinitely to restrict their use of StumbleUpon.


Thumbnail

   A small picture representing an Interest, specific web page, or Channel on StumbleUpon.


Under Review

     See “Suspended.”


Unfollow

   To stop following another user, Interest or Channel. Their Stumbles will no longer show up in your Stumble stream.


URL

   A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a web address for a unique page on the Web.

Username

   This is the unique name you sign up with to be known by on StumbleUpon. You will use this name to login when you want to access and use StumbleUpon.


Video Stumbling

   A mode you can choose to Stumble from the StumbleBar so you will only be viewing videos. Learn more about Video Stumbling.


Visitors

   Other StumbleUpon members who have viewed your profile. You can see these members under the drop down menu on your Connections tab.


Widgets

   A bit of code that can be placed on a web page that updates with either a member’s StumbleUpon Likes, the best web pages for an Interest, or the best web pages for a domain such as NYTimes.com. Learn more about widgets.

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