Givling Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



Introductory Information


What Is Givling?

How Does Givling Work?

What Is Team Trivia And How Does It Work? (Hint: It's Trivia For The Rest Of Us!)

How Are Players Selected For Funding?

How Does Crowdfunding Work?

Are There Free Ways To Play And Receive Awards?

How Does Givling Fund All Of This?

How Do I Get A Funding Award?

Are There Award Limits?

Is Givling A Non-Profit?



The Funding Queues


Funding Queues

Funding Schedule

What Is The Funding Thermometer?

What Is The Funding Box?

Crowdfunding Spending Limits

How Are The Crowdfunded Proceeds Divided?



More About Trivia


How Do I Crowdfund Trivia?

How Does The Trivia Game Free Play Work?

Trivia Scoring

Why Do I Play Trivia With Two Other Random People? (It's All About Team And Leveling The Trivia Playing Field)

Can I Really Be Top In Trivia With A Zero Score?

How Are The Top Trivia Teams Awarded?

How Are The Trivia Statements Generated? Does The Difficulty Change?

Why Doesn't Trivia Have Subject Categories?

How Long Do I Have To Answer A Statement?

How Old Do You Have To Be To Play?

Why Does My Trivia Ranking Get Out-Of-Synch With The Trivia Leaderboard From Time To Time?



More About Queue Points


What Is A Group Bonus And Why Is It Important?

Why Didn't I Receive A Group Bonus?

How Can I Definitely Tell If I've Played A Trivia Game To Completion?



Video Spinners, Survey Spinners, Streaks, and Random Drawings


How Does The Video Spinner Work?

Why Don't I See A Video Before Playing The Video Spinner?

How Does The Survey Spinner Work?

Why Aren't Surveys Available?

Why Am I Getting The Same Survey Twice?

How Do Streaks Work? And The Random Drawings?



Miscellaneous Stuff


What Is The Difference Between "Fund Coins" and "Fund Queue"?

On The Home Screen, What Do The "Queue Points" Button Colors Mean?

On The Queue Point Ledger Screen, What Do The "Type" Abbreviations Mean?

What Does The Speaker Button In The Top Left Of The Home Screen Do?

Why Do I Still See High Scores After The Free$10K Queue Resets?

Is There A Reward For Inviting A Friend?





What Is Givling?     (back)

Givling is a trivia crowdfunding game and community, aiding those with student loan and mortgage debt since 2015.


How Does Givling Work?      (back)

Play trivia, earn points, and climb the funding queues. The players in the top spots are the recipients of the game's crowdfunding efforts.


What Is Team Trivia And How Does It Work? (Hint: It's Trivia For The Rest Of Us!)     (back)

Like life, Givling Trivia is a team game.

You independently answer general-purpose trivia statements True or False within a 10-second time limit. Rack up as many points as you can. The game is over after three incorrect answers.

However, notice that you may start with some points already on the board. These points are from your two anonymous teammates that have recently completed their games. Your score plus theirs equals your team score.

This is Givling Team Trivia, and it has the wonderful benefit of leveling the trivia-playing field.

Traditionally there are a small number of really good trivia players that usually come out on top. But in team trivia, these good players have to compete against a combined team score, which turns out to be an unexpectedly bigger challenge. On the other hand, if you're not a trivia whiz, you now have the opportunity to be teamed with players that might be, giving you a chance to be on a top team, too.

Trivia competitions take place over one week, starting and ending every Wednesday at 3:00pm Mountain time.

Your trivia rank for the week is on the Home Screen under the countdown clock.

If you're on one of the top teams when the countdown clock hits zero, you'll be awarded Givling Queue Points or a trivia funding award.

Players can play two free trivia games every 24 hours, midnight to midnight, Mountain time.  Players can also crowdfund Givling coins and use them for additional trivia play.

BTW, you also may be an anonymous teammate for someone else's future match as well. So you actually have up to three chances to finish on top every time you play a trivia game.

Learn more by tapping "Game Rules & Policies" in the Givling menu.


How Are Players Selected For Funding?     (back)

You accumulate Queue Points through various activities in Givling, such as playing trivia.

These Queue Points are tallied in four different queues. Each queue has a different funding cycle. Whoever is at the top of a queue when it's that queue's turn enters "the funding box" and all crowdfunding is directed at funding that player's loan.


How Does Crowdfunding Work?     (back)

Crowdfunding means a whole bunch of people coming together to raise money for a worthwhile project. In Givling's case, that project is helping people with their student loan or mortgage debt.

The two main ways players can crowdfund is crowdfunding coins, which enables you to play additional trivia games (and helps you accumulate Queue Points), and crowdfunding a loan directly. 90% of crowdfunding goes directly to fund Givlings, while 10% is used to operate the Givling platform, less banking and process charges.


Are There Free Ways To Play And Receive Awards?     (back)

Crowdfunding is giving. But some can't give, they need to receive. For these players we have five free ways to play and receive award funding:
How Does Givling Fund All Of This?     (back)

Funding comes from crowdfunding coins and direct crowdfunding, as well as advertising, sponsorship, and merchandise revenues.


How Do I Get A Funding Award?     (back)

We contact recipients within 72-hours of a trivia victory, funding box completion, or their name being drawn for a random drawing.

We award via BillPay check.

If a trivia user is awarded over $500, we are required by law to collect their tax identification or Social Security number, along with their address so that we can file a Form-1099 with the IRS.


Are There Award Limits?     (back)

Yes. An individual player cannot be awarded more than $50,000 from the queues and random drawings, and $100,000 from trivia. (This is another way we help level the trivia playing field.)


Is Givling A Non-Profit?     (back)

Givling is a for-profit corporation. Our corporate goal is to help crowfund as much student and mortgage debt as possible. For more details about how Givling operates, please refer to our Terms And Conditions.


Funding Queues     (back)


Queues are the way we figure out who gets funded and when.

There are four Queues:


(1) Free$10K Queues ($10,000 award)

This is our fastest funding path. Two new $10,000 funding efforts start from scratch alongside every $50,000 funding cycle. There are a lot of these!

As its name implies, Free$10K Queues don't cost any money.

You earn free Queue Points by:
(* Note that these free partner promotions will be available to everyone living in the United States, and offered for a limited time. We also try to announce via Facebook, newsletters, the Message tab in the app, or in push notifications.)


The recipient of the $10,000 funding is the player with the most Free$10K Queue Points at the moment we have raised $25,000 in funding for any of the $50,000 queue loans. Free$10K Queue Points are then zeroed out and the process of selecting the next Free$10K Queue award recipient begins again. 

(Note, the process of zero'ing out points for the next Free$10K queue may take some time, so you may temporarily see some players with last queue's scores. Thanks in advance for your patience.)


(2) Free$50K Queue ($50,000 award)

Also a fast funding path. One in six $50,000 funding cycles are Free$50K's. Rack up as many free Queue Points from the start of a Free$50K Queue funding cycle, to just before the next Free$50K Queue funding cycle begins, to be eligible for the Free$50K award.

As its name also implies, Free$50K Queues don't cost any money.

You earn free Queue Points by:
The recipient of this $50,000 funding is the player with the most Free$50K Queue Points right before the next Free $50K Queue funding cycle begins.  Free$50K Queue Points are then zeroed out and the process of selecting the next Free $50K Queue award recipient begins again. 


(3) Partner$50K Queue ($50,000 award)

This is a longer funding path, but there are more of them: Two in six $50,000 funding cycles are Partner$50K Queue awards. And significantly, unlike the free queues, points do not reset but instead continue to accumulate over time (including all the free Queue Points you earned from the Free Queues).

You earn Partner$50K Queue Points by:
Queue Points accumulated for the Partner$50K Queue only zero out if you are funded.


(4) Crowdfund$50K Queue ($50,000 award)

This is also a longer funding path, and there are also more of them as well: Three in six $50,000 funding cycles are Crowdfund$50K Queue awards. And, like the Partner$50K Queue, Crowdfund$50K Queue points do not reset but continue to accumulate.

You earn Crowdfund$50K Queue Points by:
Queue Points accumulated for the Crowdfund$50K Queue only zero out if you are funded.




Funding Schedule     (back)

There are six funding cycles crowdfunding $70,000 each, or $420,000 every complete supercycle.

Included in every supercycle are three Crowdfund $50K awards, two Partner $50K awards, one Free $50K award, and twelve $10K awards.

The $50K awards each run separately, i.e., the next $50K award doesn't begin until the last $50K award is finished funding.

How long does it take to go through a $50K award cycle? Sometimes faster, sometimes slower... .it's completely dependent on how long it takes to crowdfund that cycle!

Note that two Free$10K awards are also interspersed within each $50K award cycle.

Helping you track all of this crowdfunding progress is a "Funding Thermometer," located on the Givling Home Screen. Here's how the funding cycles play out:


Funding Cycle 1: Crowdfund $50K Queue
Funding Cycle 2: Partners $50K Queue
Funding Cycle 3: Crowdfund $50K Queue
Funding Cycle 4: Partners $50K Queue
Funding Cycle 5: Crowdfund $50K Queue
Funding Cycle 6: Free $50K Queue
Repeat



What Is The Funding Thermometer?     (back)

The Funding Thermometer keeps track of how much has been funded for which queue award.

Each new funding cycle actually raises $70,000: A $50,000 award and two $10,000 awards.

Note that we break up the $50,000 awards into two parts to make things more interesting.

So you'll see the first $25,000 being funded on the thermometer, then we shift to a $10,000 award, followed by the second $25,000, and finally to another $10,000 award.

Once this is finished, everything moves to the next designated funding cycle. (See "Funding Schedule" for details.)


What Is The Funding Box?     (back)

The "Funding Box" is the term we use to designate whose loan is being crowdfunded at the moment. (Being in the funding box is very exciting. :)


Crowdfunding Spending Limits     (back)

We limit crowdfunding to $2,500 a week, and merchandise participation to $2,500 a week as well.


How Are The Crowdfunded Proceeds Divided?     (back)

90% of all crowdfunding goes directly to fund Givling players and 10% goes to running the platform and infrastructure, less banking and process charges.


How Do I Crowdfund Trivia?     (back)

The first two trivia plays each day, Mountain time, are free. 

Additional games help generate crowdfunding at $0.50 per game.

Tip: 30 cents is added by PayPal/Braintree per transaction regardless of how many coins you crowdfund. So crowdfunding a single coin is $0.80, while crowdfunding 10 coins is $5.30. (Note that Givling does not receive any part of this 30 cent transaction charge.)


How Does The Trivia Game Free Play Work?     (back)

Everyone gets two trivia Free Plays every day.

Free Plays are available just after midnight Mountain time and are playable until a minute before midnight, Mountain time.

Free Plays do not accumulate. So if you miss a day of playing Givling, you miss the Free Plays for that day.

By the way, for those playing an extreme number of trivia games, you may run into a situation where there are not enough new questions. In that rare situation, you will not be given Free Plays, but instead we ask you to please wait a day or two to play again.


Trivia Scoring     (back)

The first question starts at 10 points and goes up 10 points for each question after that. So 10 points for the first question... 20 points for the second... and so on... up to 45 questions or 450 points for that final question. Making it through all 45 statements is affectionately called Running The Gauntlet!

You may have noticed, though, that you may have started with some points already on the board. That's because Givling Trivia is a team game and these points are from your two anonymous teammates that have recently completed their games. Your score plus theirs equals your team score.

Note there are also special point bonuses depending on your position on your team. If you move from third place on your team to second, you get an extra 100 points. If you move from second to first, you get an extra 250 points. And if you jump from third place on your team to first, you'll get an extra 350 points.

So, the maximum score you can get in Givling Trivia is 10,350 + 100 + 250 = 10,700. Happy trivializing!


Why Do I Play Trivia With Two Other Random People? (It's All About Team And Leveling The Trivia Playing Field)     (back)

Givling is all about people working together to make the world a better place, and we feel that having trivia teams work together symbolizes this ethos. For example, if you're a whiz at current events, it certainly helps to have someone who knows 18th Century American History on your team.

It also has the wonderful benefit of leveling the trivia-playing field.

In this regard, Givling may be the only trivia game where you don't have to be a trivia whiz to take the top spot.

Traditionally there are a small number of really good trivia players that usually come out on top. But in team trivia, these good players have to compete against a combined team score, which turns out to be an unexpectedly bigger challenge.

On the other hand, if you're not a trivia whiz, you now have the opportunity to be teamed with players that might be, giving you your chance to be on a top team, too.

BTW, you also may be an anonymous teammate for someone else's future match as well. You have up to three chances to finish on top every time you play trivia.

The victorious team splits the trivia award equally or can opt to receive Queue Points.


Can I Really Be Top In Trivia With A Zero Score?     (back)

As odd as that sounds, yes, you can be top in trivia with a low -- or even zero -- personal score if your teammates come through for you. Go team!


How Are The Top Trivia Teams Awarded?     (back)

The top five (5) teams get their choice of splitting a Trivia Funding Award or the equivalent in Crowdfund $50K Queue Points.

Here's how the awards stack up:

     1st Place Team: Trivia Funding Award listed on "Trivia Leaderboard" minus $555 for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place team awards

     2nd Place Team: $100 each

     3rd Place Team: $50 each

     4th Place Team: $25 each

     5th Place Team: $10 each


If you accept the Crowdfund $50K Queue Points, the conversion rate used in the Mega Tuesday offer will apply.

(For example, if the Mega Tuesday offer is $1 for 100,000 Crowdfund $50K Queue points, then you can multiple your award by 100,000 to determine the number of Crowdfund $50K Queue Points you will receive.)


NOTES:

* Maximum of one (1) award per winner each week.

* Only 1st Place recipients enter a 60-day hiatus and only if they accept the monetary award.

* If player selects the Crowdfund $50K Queue Points, the monetary award will be added back to the current funding queue.


HIATUS:

We try to level the trivia playing field as much as possible.

One way we do this is through limiting players on the top weekly trivia team to one monetary award per 60 days. If they decide to play during the hiatus period, any award they may receive is automatically donated to the funding queue and they receive the equivalent in Crowdfund $50K Queue Points at the Mega Tuesday offer rate.


SPECIAL TRIVIA GAMES!

Every once in a while we'll throw a special trivia game into play. Maybe we'll add 10 additional trivia recipients... or maybe all of the prizes will be turned upsidedown. Whatever it is, you can be sure it will be interesting. : )

When a special trivia game does kick off, we'll post details in the Givling Message Center and Facebook pages.


How Are The Trivia Statements Generated? Does The Difficulty Change?     (back)

Trivia statements are compiled by Givling employees, gathered from newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, and broadcast media. Multiple people review each statement before it is approved for the game. The trivia statements are a combination of historical facts, current events, and general knowledge. The difficulty of the statements varies greatly. 

The trivia statements are presented randomly, such that players playing at the same time are presented with different questions.

If you find an incorrect statement, send an evidential link to triviamaster@givling.com and we'll give you three coins as a reward once we verify.


Why Doesn't Trivia Have Subject Categories?     (back)

Helps level the trivia playing field further.


How Long Do I Have To Answer A Statement?     (back)

You have 10 seconds.

If you pause the game, receive a phone call, or lose internet signal at any time, by any means at all, this will be detected and your game will be ended and voided. Should you not answer the statement within ten seconds, you will receive a strike. If you experience game interruption issues outside of  these elements, try restarting your phone. 


How Old Do You Have To Be To Play?     (back)

18 years or older.


Why Does My Trivia Ranking Get Out-Of-Synch With The Trivia Leaderboard From Time To Time?     (back)

For performance purposes, the Trivia Ranking (what you see on the Home Screen) is a quick rank.  Actual rankings, found on the Trivia Leaderboard, take extra time to synch depending on the number of games being played.  Always defer to the Trivia Leaderboard for actual standings.


What Is A Group Bonus And Why Is It Important?     (back)

There are several ways for you to earn more Queue Points. One way is to receive something called a "Group Bonus."

From time to time, Givling will set a crowdfunding target, for example, a certain amount to be raised before the end of a day. If that amount is raised, then all players completing a trivia game on that day will be awarded that Group Bonus for their participation.

Group Bonus days are announced on our Facebook page or in the app in the Givling Message Center.

Note, these Group Bonuses tend to be on the generous side and tend to "shake up" queue rankings. Miss them at your peril!


Why Didn't I Receive A Group Bonus?     (back)

In order to be awarded Queue Points from a Group Bonus, you must have completed one trivia game (FreePlay or Coin) during the stated 24-hour goal period, calculated from midnight to midnight Mountain time. Games that are not played to completion or interrupted do not qualify.


How Can I Definitely Tell If I've Played A Trivia Game To Completion?     (back)

There are several indicators, including seeing the "GAME OVER" screen that shows your Team Score.

The definitive record, of course, is kept in the "My Past Results" screen. You can find this screen under Settings (the Gear Icon in the upper right corner). But, please remember, your name must be first in the "Team Members Scores" section... because that means it was your game played... and not just you being anonymously paired in other games... because to be eligible for a Group Bonus, you must be the one actively playing the game.


How Does The Video Spinner Work?     (back)

Watch a short video. You'll be rewarded with a spin for Queue Points.

The number on the TV icon shows how many videos you can still watch during a 24-hour period (MT).


Why Don't I See A Video Before Playing The Video Spinner?     (back)

Video ads are only shown when there is available inventory from our advertising partners.


How Does The Survey Spinner Work?     (back)

Take a short survey. If you qualify and complete the survey, you'll be rewarded with a spin for Queue Points.

Qualifying for a survey is important to establish suitability. For example, if a company would like to know what people thought of their movie, and you haven't seen the movie, then your responses won't be very useful to them.

The number on the clipboard icon shows how many surveys left you have to take during a 24-hour period (MT).

If you don't qualify for a particular survey, please try again, surveys are regularly updated. All surveys are completely anonymous.

IMPORTANT SURVEY HEADS UP: The first time you take a survey, you'll be asked a number of initial qualifying questions. Please answer these honestly. Your data is completely anonymous and it's this information that will be used to match you with suitable surveys. If you do not answer honestly, you may not have a very good survey experience. Unfortunately the only way to update your information is to wait until our survey partner re-qualifies you, which they will do randomly from time to time.


Why Aren't Surveys Available?     (back)

Unlike videos, surveys tend to have start & stop times that vary throughout the day. That makes scheduling a bit disjoint. If a survey is not available, know that surveys are regularly updated, so please check back in a bit.

However, if you continually get:

      "Survey is not available right now. Please try again later."

... check your advertising settings to make sure ad personalization is ON. While surveys are anonymous (meaning you won't be asked for name or email or such), they do require knowing some things so you can be paired correctly. For example, if you like movies or dogs, so that you can be paired with movie or pet surveys.

For iOS: Settings --> Privacy --> Advertising --> "Limit Ad Tracking" slider to OFF

For Android: Settings --> Privacy--> Ads --> "Opt out of Ads Personalization" slider to OFF


Why Am I Getting The Same Survey Twice?     (back)

There are times when a company may want to change a survey midway through its run. Any change to a survey, whether it's rephrasing a question, or simply fixing a typo, allows you to take the entire survey over again. It does seem redundant to us, but that's the way these companies want to operate.

INITIAL QUALIFYING QUESTIONS:

There's one other situation where it may seem like you're answering the same questions again, and that is in the initial qualifying questions. There are always a few questions in the beginning of every survey designed to see, well, if you're paying attention. You'll recognize them because they may seem like trick questions. After you've taken enough surveys, you will be quick to spot these and know they are simply a part of every survey.


How Do Streaks Work? And The Random Drawings?     (back)

Play a FreePlay trivia game and earn a Red Star with a number signifying how many FreePlay games you've played within a rolling 30-day period. You'll see your Red Star in the upper left corner of the Givling Home Screen.

Earn a Gold Star when you've played at least 10 FreePlay trivia games within that rolling 30-day period and qualify for the Daily Drawing (Monday through Friday) and Random $10,000 Drawings.


What Is The Difference Between "Fund Coins" and "Fund Queue"?     (back)

Fund Coins helps fund both the queues and trivia awards. You'll get 300 Queue Points for each Givling coin.

Fund Queue goes directly to fund the queues. There are no Queue Points associated with FQ.


On The Home Screen, What Do The "Queue Points" Button Colors Mean?     (back)

Just a colorful way to tell you how many points you have:

Blue = 0 to 499,999,999 points

Orange = 500,000,000 to 999,999,999 points

Red = 1,000,000,000 to 1,999,999,999 points

Gold = 2,000,000,000 and above points


On The Queue Point Ledger Screen, What Do The "Type" Abbreviations Mean?     (back)

AD = Advertising related points

BN = Group Bonus points

FP = FreePlay points

MN = Crowdfunded coin related points


What Does The Speaker Button In The Top Left Of The Home Screen Do?     (back)

This button mutes all the game sounds. It will not, however, mute ads.


Why Do I Still See High Scores After The Free$10K Queue Resets?     (back)

Free$10K Queue Points zero out after each award selection. The process of zero'ing out points takes some time, though, so you may temporarily see some players with last queue's scores. Thanks in advance for your patience.


Is There A Reward For Inviting A Friend?     (back)

We rely almost entirely by our community inviting others to play Givling trivia and help crowdfund student loan and mortgage debt. We currently are not offering rewards for these invitations, however, as we found some players violating not only our terms of service, but those of our platform partners, and good gamesmanship is important to us.

We hope to bring this back soon, but in the meantime, we would still really appreciate you telling your friends about Givling. :)