CleanSpeak Tutorials: Blacklist Variations

Marshall Bauernfeind
  • By Marshall Bauernfeind
  • CleanSpeak
  • January 21, 2014

Working with Blacklist Variations

In this tutorial, we show how to check and make changes to variations on CleanSpeak's blacklist filter.

Variations should be:

  • Misspellings
  • Irregular Conjugations
  • Other User Creativities

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Do You Have the Courage to Change Course?

Mike King


You know how it feels when you’ve made a decision that doesn’t seem to be working out.  You want to believe things will change for the better, but you know in your heart of hearts that it won’t.  Should you just stick it out or change course?

In his book, The Dip, Seth Godin says extraordinary benefits accrue to those of us with the guts to quit early and refocus our efforts on something new.

How do you know something isn’t working out?  You should begin by considering the reasons that supported your original choice.  Is the product or solution you selected failing to fulfill your original requirements?  Did the enterprise software you bought take far longer than promised to integrate with your system? If so, then you should seriously consider the change of direction you fear.

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Understanding the Online Community's Ecosystem

Sean Bryant

Online Community
Understanding the inner workings of an online community is important for various reasons. When it comes to identifying where the potential community exists (industry, hobbies, events, recreation), it can be easier to identify who the user is and how as a whole the community can develop based around it's parameters. It's very interesting to think about the term "ecosystem" and how reflective it is to an online community.

Scientifically an ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water, mineral soil... internet?), interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. As ecosystems are defined by the network of interactions among organisms, and between organisms and their environment, they can be of any size but usually encompass specific, limited spaces ...

~ MediaWiki

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Profanity Filtering in Forums

Marshall Bauernfeind


Filtering Forums

Filtering forum posts is unique from filtering real-time chat and other user-generated content since forums are focused on specific topics. Implementing a profanity filter not only keeps the content free of profanities, hate speech, and the like; it can also help ensure that conversations stay on topic. This post covers how to best utilize a profanity filter to aid your moderation processes, limit user frustration, and keep content productive and appropriate within forums.

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Infograph: 5 Children Online Safety Tips

Sean Bryant
  • By Sean Bryant
  • Misc
  • January 8, 2014

When you prevent children from socially interacting online, you hinder their ability to progress emotionally; to intellectual keep up with the progressive rhythm of  this digital age.  Anne Collier of Net Family News refers to this as Internal Safeguards. The steps that parents and caretakers take to instill traits that improve with age wherever the child may go, digitally and physically. External safeguards, like chat filters help to create a healthy and engaging online environments, but are merely tools.

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Kid Safety