About Tomopop (or, State of the Union of modern toy collecting)
A letter from the Editor
[Questions, comments, concerns? We like those. Hit me up at colette @ tomopop.com.]
If you're reading this, it's highly likely that you've been staring at the Tomopop logo in a press release, blog entry or on another website you frequently visit, wondering what that little dog with the antennae is all about. The time has come for me to reveal that to you, and if you registered for Tomopop with no idea what it was, deciding it was worth taking a chance on, thank you. It will be users like you that bring this blog to life, as you have brought our dear brother website Destructoid to the place it is today with your enthusiasm, contribution and time.
So what is Tomopop about? Well, the best way to describe it is an enthusiast cutting edge toy blog. By enthusiast, I mean something very specific: This blog is not about immediate news, although we may post it from time to time. This blog is run by (and will be read by) hardcore enthusiasts, the core word there that I want to stress to you being enthusiasm. We would like for Tomopop to be a place where we can all enjoy our inability to grow up when it comes to our toy collections. With features such as Big Kid of the Week focusing on our readers' passion for collecting, we invite you to be as much a part of Tomopop as we are. It's like sharing, but without the pot smoke.
Now that I've answered the burning question of what Tomopop is, I know what you are all wondering: what will we cover? One thing that we love is designer vinyl, so you'll see plenty of that posted on our front page. If you love Kid Robot, Dunnys, Qee bears and Kubricks, you've come to the right place. We're also obsessed with Japanese figures, especially from companies like Good Smile, Alter, Wave, Eye Up and more. If you don't know what any of those things are, stay awhile — you may find that you're in the right place anyway. We love a lot of other toys as well, especially Japanese imports, Little Apple Dolls , Nendoroids, Gashapon, Garage Kits, Uglydolls, Papercraft and Vintage Robots. The list could go on for some time, but simply put, we have an eye for toys with style and that's what we want to give love to on Tomopop.
In the future, look forward to active forums, user generated blogs, a trading post to get the figures you really want from blind box and gashapon collections, a feature in which you may be able to see your personal collection featured on the front page, and toy giveaways coming soon! Thanks for joining us...we hope you'll stay a while!
Tomopop Editor In Chief (Feb. 1, 2008)
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In short, we do business based on Google's meme: "Don't be evil."
Tomopop is a trusted community site so we hold ourselves to the highest privacy standards. Simply put -- We would never sell your email address, nor share it with with anyone, or ever spam you -- ever, end of story. We also have everything in place to keep the bad guys out. We would also never ask you for your passwords, credit card, phone, etc. We don't even care if you don't give us your real name, to be honest.
By becoming a member of the Tomopop community, you are only agreeing to become a virtual person in our world and discuss stuff. Seriously, that's all there is to it. Easy, eh? Yes, as it should be. (ahem!) We also follow all rules set forth by the Online Privacy Alliance. Awesome.
The Long Version:
Tomopop is committed to protecting the privacy of Internet users. The following statement details our ongoing support for the responsible collection and management of Internet user information. Internet User Information When we display an advertisement on your computer, we do not collect any personal identifiable information about you, such as your name, address, telephone number or email address.
Tomopop does, like other Internet advertisers, collect certain information which can not personally identify you. (Specifically: Cookies!) This category of information is generally referred to as non-personally-identifiable information includes information like the server or internet service provider you use, type of browser used. There are some cases where you, the Internet user, may voluntarily provide personal information in response to a particular ad (a survey or purchase order form). In such cases the third party advertising with Japanator may collect this information on behalf of an advertiser. The advertiser in turn uses this information to reply to your request.
Furthermore, Tomopop.com does not divulge any information regarding the users who use email for correspondence with the webmaster or any representative of Tomopop.com. Online Advertising We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, check out http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
In layman's terms: it's just a cookie that says "hey you saw this ad already" or "ok, he clicked on a banner ad for leather rock pants, lets show this guy more of those." We don't share any information from your personal account with advertisers.
HEY YOU - USE COMMON SENSE IN ALL YOUR ONLINE ACTIVITIES
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Anytime you visit a chat room or post a message to an on-line bulletin board, your e-mail address can be accessed by advertisers looking to compile lists for unsolicited commercial e-mail (also known as spam). Be sure that you only disclose your e-mail address in circumstances in which it is safe to do so. Beware of scams in which persons unknown to you request your screen name, password, or credit card information. Make sure you verify the identity of anyone asking for personal information. Always monitor your children's on-line activities and educate them as to the rules for safe Internet use. For more information, look up the Internet Education Foundation's Online Safety Guide for Kids.
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