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January 16th, 2013

Scout Moderation represents you!

Scout Moderation represents you!

photo credit:  US Library of Congress

Abraham Lincoln has certainly been on our radar these days.  A small piece of his presidency is highlighted in the Golden Globe-nominated film Lincoln by director Steven Spielberg, featuring a tour-de-force performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe.

While the film covers the last four months of Lincoln’s presidency as he worked to abolish slavery in 1865, it also depicts Lincoln’s gift for making memorable speeches.  The 16th president of the United States was very quotable, to say the least.  Many sayings attributed to him still resonate today, including these words he once made famous: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”

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November 12th, 2012

Multilingual moderation

Multilingual moderation

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“Think globally, act locally.”  That’s a motto that has guided many of us for years, and while that’s still important, when it comes to your business, you can now act globally, too.

Use of the Internet is exploding in foreign countries, with websites being translated into hundreds of different languages.  If you’ve got something to sell, promote or proclaim, consider creating sites in multiple languages, and treat them as you would your English-language presence.  Get the gist of your message to online consumers in words the audience can understand.

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June 19th, 2012

Happy Social Media Day!

Happy Social Media Day!

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These days, every day seems like a Social Media Day, but you can officially celebrate on June 30.

Mashable.com, an engaging online news source for the “Connected Generation,” is marking the importance of social media that day for users all over the world.  This is the third year in a row that the company has recognized the “digital revolution happening right before our eyes.”

Everyone is invited to host or attend a Meetup in their area to note the occasion.

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May 24th, 2012

Five tips for customizing your TOS

Five tips for customizing your TOS

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Every company that allows users to post content on its website should have User Guidelines or a Terms of Service (TOS) agreement in place.  These guidelines outline what your tolerance is in terms of what can and can’t be posted. Don’t want cyber bullies? All you need to do is customize your TOS agreement, which usually users are prompted to read and agree to when they create an account on your website.  Spell out that you are a bully-free zone and that your moderators will remove content.

Your TOS gives you control, provides a structure and offers your users fair warning of what will be disallowed or removed from your site.

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March 23rd, 2012

1984 vs Now

1984 vs Now

Image credit:  Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, book cover

Online moderators often get a bad rap.

The “censor” label is often applied to us – sometimes in jest, and sometimes in all sincerity – but the fact remains that moderators protect the public from hateful speech and violence that can extend to sexual violence.

So, why not, then, see us as agents of protection for our clients?  That’s what we are.

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March 1st, 2012

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

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This year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8.  As a woman-owned business, we at Scout Moderation feel very inspired by IWD’s initiatives to promote women’s equality and advancement.

Almost everyone knows a red rose symbolizes love, but not many know there is a whole language around flowers, and Vanessa Diffenbaugh is using it to change lives.  A bestselling author, Vanessa is using the release of her new novel, The Language of Flowers, to bring light to the plight of older youths in foster care and to ignite a national discussion. The book tells the story of a girl who grew up in the foster care system and can’t trust or communicate with people, so she uses the Victorian language of flowers to express herself.

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