Hi all, and welcome again to new members!
During the last two months, we were joined by students from the University of Ulster - hopefully, you all received your welcome email, if not please do let me know. You join students from many universities who use CrimeTalk on a regular basis. Do use it to the full and contribute with articles and comments - we want to hear your voice. Just log in, after registering, to post or comment. If you have some good work, send me an excerpt at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might find you'll soon be a published writer! Short comments of under 1,500 words around some important data or law or media output are the most likely to get published.
It was another record-breaking period for CrimeTalk: unique visitors shot through the roof in March, smashing the 3,000 barrier and going on to a best ever 4,396. April hit 4123, so we've clearly moved onto a new level. Nothing compared to MumsNet, but it's good for what people see as a study resource. Membership rose to 183 and the Twitter following stands at 1013; all of which is good considering I have done little marketing and am retaining high standards of content. It would be easy to double the numbers by halving the standards....
This month, the other major development was that we finally launched CrimeTalk Booksand became a full-fledged publisher. The first publication is the Spanish translation of my obituary to the sociology of deviance: Sociologìa de la Desviación: un Obituario. This will be in h/b, p/b and 2 e-book formats. The paperback is now available, with the hardback and e-book to follow soon. It will be closely followed in May by 2 e-books: on Bhopal [Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs] and Nino [Amedeo Cottino]. Support CrimeTalk by buying our books! They are bought through YPD Books, a service for independent publishers:
This first book is academic but I am very interested in publishing less technical but high quality, shorter, and popularized e-books. Submissions, and discussions about submissions, are very welcome. The e-book world is exciting, and not just new technology but a format enabling new creative forms using weblinks, photos and video.
Sociologìa de la Desviación: un Obituario
My idea of Correspondents is not working out as well, because even with enthusiasm everyone has to do their 'day job'. However, I will persevere with that idea and so welcomemore Correspondents from all over the world to contribute local news, short comments, tweets, etc and to commission articles. The work does develop journalistic skills and knowledge of social media and so suit the journalistically inclined grad student or young prof/lecturer - I'll train up anyone who wants to learn these skills. Trust me, they will augment your marketability in today's world.
There have been changes to the site: following useful feedback I created a CrimeTalk Help and Info box on the front page bottom right; I've created a Forthcoming box to advertiseCrimeTalk Books on the top right of the front/home page; modified the weblinks archive; built a Latest Links list on the Archive page for a quick catch-up; gathered most of my own writings in a new Editor's Blog module; and I've revamped our Facebook page...and probably other tinkering.
This month, because of CrimeTalk, I was invited to the press screening of At Home with the Noonans, a new documentary series on a powerful Manchester gangland family, based on 10 years' filming directed by Donal McIntyre, one of Britain's top investigative reporters. Reviews of the series which began on CI [the Crime and Investigation channel, Sky 553] are most welcome and will be fed back to Donal and the production team: see At Home with the Noonans. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of greater two-way collaboration withtelevision companies and investigative journalists.
Finally, all UK readers, do please understand that you can help me cover my costs quite simply and painlessly by buying anything from Amazon via CrimeTalk. The small commission we get will help sustain the project. Books can be bought through ourBookshop, and for anything else just use the Search box on the Bookshop page to do your buying. Please support us!
Thanks for your continued interest in CrimeTalk,
As always, this last month or so we published a huge range of interesting stuff. Some feature articles:
Nino, Part 6: Prison, criminal culture and the possibility of change
Financially Respectable Crimes of Wall Street
Several of the InBrief comments were exceptionally popular:
Lost innocence: children accused of sex crimes in Hong Kong
A Greek tragedy as suicides soar
Facebook foolishness by lawmen
US soldier massacres Afghan civilians
Going straight, or not, after a prison sentence
Where next for criminal justice?
The barbaric incarceration of America's youth
Bronx activists defend abortion rights
The Crime and Disorder Act - overlapping legislation or a forgotten philosophy?
Masses of really useful Social Data was uploaded:
Poet Laureate takes on the witches
The Titanic: class, crime, negligence and recklessness
Talibe: the least favored children of Senegal
The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen , says Australia 21
Mexican drug trade hits the poor families hardest
Media intrusion and human rights
Mining and crimes against native populations in a neo-colonial economy
Web of greed: Toxic bank Goldman Sachs' web of global pals
Guardian/Mixmag drug survey reveals a generation happy to chance it
Snooping: Home Affairs Committee inquiry into private investigators
How People with Mental Illness Perceive and Interact with the Police
“When I Die…They’ll Send Me Home”
Freedom of the press and statutory regulation – lessons from Finland?
Statistical bulletin on the summer 2011 riots
The Harper Government Omnibus Crime Bill
Quantitative easing - the comedy
The Archive of weblinks was expanded again and there were some highly selective but landmark press cuttings. The resource is growing! We live in interesting times.]]>
|CrimeTalk http://www.crimetalk.org.uk Newsletter 9|
|15 February 2012|
Hi all and welcome to new members!
Well, February is half over and still our first e-book is not out. Finding the right printer and distributor has been a struggle - so many offers and so little suitability - and being the publisher now has shown me that they actually do a lot of work before your book gets out! Still, I think I've cracked it now and this is a solution which should last. Watch this space!
It has also been a time of reflection for me about CrimeTalk, its purpose and style. Even though it is free and offers an amazing resource, CrimeTalk seems very under-used. There are now far more resources on site than people are actually using, as far as I can tell. Do please send me any helpful thoughts you have on this to email@example.com
I am struck by the sharp contrast between the constant compliments CrimeTalk gets, how many students I'm told use it as an aid to study, which it is, and our 'unique visitor' numbers, which hit record levels month after month - on the one hand - and the apparent lack of your involvement with the site on the other. So few of you make comments on articles or post or use our social network centre, CrimSoc, or write to me about anything. Indeed only 138 have registered, yet our system stats say we had just under 3,000 unique visitors last month and over 86,000 page impressions.
Our Twitter 'following' continues to grow apace, now standing at 811, and including some distinguished politicians, lawyers, campaigners, lobby groups, sociologists, probation officers, police, prisoners, novelists and journalists here and around the world. These people may not be registered with CrimeTalk but they see all my tweets advertising all new articles and often re-tweet those messages to followings of thousands. That is why it is hard to calculate our actual readership, but suffice it to say any one article could be read by at least 4,000 people on a good guess. Please compare that with the social impact of academic or other professional journals!
In coming months, I want to get you all more involved in the site. So, to start with, please note that  if you review a book for CrimeTalk I can get a free review copy of that book for you and  I need more reviews of television crime dramas and of films and novels [e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org or via our CrimSoc].
With this in mind, plus the stat that says few people spend long visiting us, reminding me how brief internet consumption is, I will be encouraging more people to register, but also let me please suggest that more of you enjoy the following:
1 Our state-of-the-art video search engine, courtesy of Blinkx. For example, you may have read Pearce & Tombs authoritative series here on Bhopal but if you hit Search Videos on the front page and then enter Bhopal in the search box on the Video page you will get a fascinating list of news items on Bhopal, many from Indian television, that brings the story so much to life. This is really an awesome facility to further one's knowledge of all kinds of criminal, judicial and moral phenomena. On CrimeTalk, researchers, students and journalists have so much data at their fingertips!
2 Our social network centre, CrimSoc, which, like Facebook, enables you to post messages and to see what's going on BUT is a lot more private. Once logged in, you can restrict your status messages to 'members only' and our internal messaging system is also private and secure. Students could form study groups here that are global and not just confined to classmates; professors and lecturers, do think about setting up student groupings!
3 The benefits of registration. Once registered and logged in, you get the full benefit of CrimSoc's list of all our recent actvities. I doubt, for example, if many of you realize how many Press Cuttings, Links and Blogs have been logged this last two months. Apart from registration, if you hit the orange RSS button on the front page and then, on the 'feed' page, bottom right, you can hit the Subscribe in Mail button to receive notification of all new articles. 'Recent activities' on CrimSoc is comprehensive though and includes everything, even comments on articles.
4 To bring our treasure trove fully to your attention, I have also made a list of Latest Links on theArchive page, which logs all our new content weblinks. The Research/websites page is constantly being added to and these take you to sites of relevant substance. This supplements theLibrary page which shows which articles have been most read on CrimeTalk so far.
5 The new Book of the Month section right at the bottom of the Home page. Buy the book from us, via Amazon and its cheap prices, by clicking on its icon and the small commission we get will help us survive and progress. Please buy books from our Bookshop. The lsit of books there is continually, selectively, updated.
From the other end of the relationship, you guys can do more. I will be setting up aRecommendations/Testimonials section within the next month, once the first few proposals have gone through the relevant university committees. If any individual feels happy to make a recommendation now, please just send me your name and, ideally, a brief line or two on why you recommend CrimeTalk and what you think it can do.
Just remember that I value and need your support and that CrimeTalk is for you! Please do what you can to bring it to your students and colleagues attention! And get involved, please. New writings, long and short, of all kinds are very welcome and the lead-time to publication will be very short in the next while. Feel free to advertise and strut your stuff or get your message across. We are read by a very broad, global, audience, and it is growing monthly.
In January, we published 4 feature articles:
and several In Brief articles:
There was also a widely read review of a television programme:
and we linked in a lot of useful social data:
There was a much re-tweeted Education article:
Finally, I added quite a few blogs to both the Blogs list, under the Comment menu, and the front-page BlogRoll; loads of new weblinks to the Archive and the Research/Websites lists; and, of course, many, many, Press Cuttings and Tweets, all listed under the Library menu. here's a brief sample of the best press cuttings:
Sincere season's greetings to you all! May you all be happy and healthy in 2012! Many thanks for supporting CrimeTalk in 2011. Do please write for us and to us next year. New copy will be very welcome in January.
Increasingly, CrimeTalk is being recognized for the unique resource and tool that it is. University teachers can use it with their classes, researchers can use it as a research tool to create a network and find or share information, students should be using it daily to supplement their studies with contemporary news and informed debate, and criminal justice agencies, journalists and politicians can connect with public opinion, plus the latest debates and research, as well as talk to each other about the bigger picture. We will be doing more to make CrimeTalk an open and valuable educational tool in 2012.
Don't forget that, apart from all our articles, archived links, extensive blog list, social data resources, tweets, and press cuttings, we also have use of the state-of-the-art video search engine [e.g. to be used in the BBC's YouView in 2012] enabling access to a mine of film/visual material on crime and justice.
Last month I forgot to mention that we started a new Education section and the following articles are now published there:
Education From the Inside Out: A Plea for Prison Education
The iPad and Higher Education
Academic fraud or just the usual simulation?
Closing down creativity and standardising knowledge in education
Crime, anti-social behaviour and schools in Britain: are all schools 'at risk'?
It has been a year of great progress and exponential growth in the readership. Our monthly unique visitor total started at around 200, is now over 2,300 and will go past 2,500 this December. Our Twitter following is 711 and registrations are now at 128. Just as importantly, I feel we have maintained the quality level whilst still speaking plain English, and sometimes plain Spanish, and holding to the idea of a public magazine.
A criminological magazine in a public and virtual space where serious journalism, professional social science, criminal justice practice and political debate overlap is a first. It is a pioneering concept and understandably it will take time to find its audience and its exact shape. However it is possible to see that this audience and that shape are forming, especially on Twitter where my imagined readership seems to have emerged.
Our first e-book, my Sociologia de la Desviacion, has been delayed slightly but will appear in January at last, under a new publishing imprint, CrimeTalk Books. It will be followed in the months ahead by Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs on Bhopal and Amedeo Cottino on Nino [the full English text].
We continue the flow of interesting but high-quality articles and comments, and now welcome Karen Joe Laidler, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Hong Kong, as our Correspondent and Commissioning Editor for HK and China. In 2012 we will be hearing much more about crime and justice in Hong Kong and China. In the new year, I intend to establish firm connections with Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Tanzania, so we will finally be achieving our vision of becoming a fully global educational e-zine.
This last month or so, we have published the following articles:
Nino, Part 4: Criminality, politics and business
Motorcycle taxis: 'crime prevention' and the social exclusion of migrant workers in China
Cage homes in Hong Kong: capitalism this Christmas
and the following InBrief comments:
Occupy Oakland update: City Council smear tactics
Consumer protest and the grey market as iPhone4 release causes 'pandemonium' in Hong Kong
Injustice upon Injustice. London 2012 and the enduring legacies of Bhopal
Two years for itinerant graffiti artist
Clarkson: The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Prison…
Rage and riots: the Mexican wave that began in Tunisia
Mobiles, social media and prison
US elections: Corruption, bribery and a book signing
Murderous catastrophe for Iraqi people
Now I get why evangelistic criminology should be avoided...
Football, political correctness and the Suarez case
and the following Social Data sources:
10 años de Encuesta de seguridad pública de Cataluña
Child poverty in pictures
Abuses endure in Russia’s pretrial detention system
Penalties for young offenders UK 1997-2011
White working-class feel 'last in line'
European Social Survey
Everything you ever wanted to know about prostitution in Nevada
There have also been many new and useful tweets and press cuttings, listed on the front page or in our Library, and also web-links listed in our Archive and Research sections.
Please do write into our Forums more. Use them to pass on information or to find fellow travellers or just to talk out your views. Remeber to register and log in first though so that your name and photo will show.
Finally, we remained a FREE resource in 2011, and all contributors, including myself, remain unpaid. My own costs remain substantial. I would appreciate any donations, via theDonation buttons onsite, and all UK readers could support our efforts by buying their criminology books, and getting their students and colleagues to buy their books, through our Bookshop at Amazon's nice, low, prices.]]>
|Newsletter 7 8 Nov. 2011|
Hi! Thank you for being with us. It has been a relatively quiet time on the front page this last 2 months whilst I readied the Spanish translation of my Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary book for publication as both print copy and e-book, and whilst our Correspondents have been moving apartments, travelling to conferences and working on lectures and research. Nevertheless, I was delighted to receive articles from Gregg Barak on serial killer Jack Unterweger and Kate K. on the dangers of cannabis for some users and the mentally ill, as well as publishing Part 4 of Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs's review of the Bhopal disaster and recent legal proceedings.
Our Stakhanovite rate of production will resume apace shortly, and with our first e-book to sell on a new e-book shop page. Of course, driving forward an e-zine of this quality and magnitude is exhausting and expensive, and so I certainly have moments of doubt and depression. However I have a beautiful vision for this thing and will not rest until it has taken full shape.
We are nearly there regarding the technology with only a few more developments to go. Our next big step forward, after publishing our first e-book [with more being commissioned], will actually be to expand our global reach to its full capacity. There are many friends overseas still to talk to! This last month we reached New Zealand and soon will make our presence felt in Australia. Our registrants now stand at 120, our Twitter following at 633 and our monthly rate of unique visitors is holding at around 1200.
I hope you are all enjoying our amazing Video search engine and getting the full benefit from its 35 million videos. I suspect you aren't. The same goes for what is now a massive archive of hand-picked press cuttings, tweets, links, blogs, journal digests and videos. I want CrimeTalk to become a daily resource for students of crime all over the world and we are well on the way to building that. Let me know if there are other things you want on board.Those of you who are in higher education: please look at how you can use CrimeTalk for teaching and enabling your students to access news and comment quickly and in a manner familiar to them.
Art has always been important to me as a multimedia thinker, so I hope you like the images by Colleen Allen from her Girls of Woe collection. Colleen herself has a keen interest in the sociology of crime and has been a prison educator, as well as a social worker and parent. I will post more art onsite when and where appropriate.
Please continue to urge people to register so they can log in and post on our forums, and receive these Newsletters and future offers. We are building, amongst other things, a global network of people with similar interests focussing on key issues in crime, criminology and criminal justice.
You are all very welcome to use our Forums and our CrimSoc! The more people contribute to them the more CrimeTalk becomes a two-way street, an internet cafe and a meeting place - and not just a passive artefact to be consumed.
Finally, Christmas is coming and for many of you a new semester after that, so please buy your Christmas gifts and next semester's books through CrimeTalk if you are a UK member. Buying through us is an easy and neat way of supporting CrimeTalk; just go to our Shopand, for books, click on the book and you'll be taken onto the Amazon site using our codename - for other items, please use the Search box below the bookshop [never go direct to the Amazon site because that way we don't get our small commission].
Since the last Newsletter, we published the following articles on the front page:
and these articles In Brief:
There have been some useful Social Data sources put on site:
and a very, very, long list of press cuttings and tweets......
Firstly, thanks for your interest in CrimeTalk. I hope you are finding the site useful and exploring its potential. You are a growing community: in January on launch we had a mere 229 'unique visitors' and we closed June with 1258 that month. 97 people have registered; 364 follow us on Twitter and 40 use our Facebook page. So, growth in our readership is rapid, mostly from the UK and US, and we haven't even made a serious attempt at marketing yet! Next month, I will developing our network in other countries, notably Germany, Spain, Colombia, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
Crimetalk is still developing of course but we are getting closer to the final model, maybe completing all the aspects of the structure by September.
This last month, Curtis Jackson-Jacobs became our first 'official' correspondent and commissioning editor - for the USA. His enthusiasm for the project and skill with new media are very welcome. As indicated on the revised Editorial System page, under Help/Info etc, I am looking to engage correspondents in other countries with similar enthusiasm and skill. Volunteers please! The role would suit a young professor, doctoral student, lawyer, police, or social worker with new media skills who sees the point of CrimeTalk. On that note, I sharpened my perception of the purpose and value of CrimeTalk in a new article: CrimeTalk: purpose and value.
In June, we continued the series on Bhopal and on Nino, and were delighted to publish several other new articles:
Flowers at the altar of profit and power Part 3: Was the disaster at Bhopal "unforeseeable"?
Nino Part 3: Bad company
The ‘illegal leisure’ of hidden older adult drug users
A new section called In Brief was created for comments and stuff by friends of CrimeTalk that have been published elsewhere already or is, ermmm, quite brief.
Chronicle of deaths foretold
Famous Cases : R v Müller
Distrust of banks and government: implications for criminology
Reacting to petit and grande fraud: Bernie Madoff and Wall Street
Evidence of child abuse in cults and social groups
Terrorism, economic crisis, and state-corporate crime
At the end of the month, we reorganized the front or home page to reflect more of the content 'behind' it or inside CrimeTalk. We have now collected such an interesting and useful collection of press cuttings, web links and blogs that their existence needs to be indicated on the front page. This is becoming quite a resource for research and just plain curiosity - there is now so much interesting reading inside CrimeTalk the more it integrates within the anarchy and collectivism of the internet. To some extent, we can be described as an 'aggregator' site, but we will remain committed to original stuff, good quality and creative synthesis. Above all, it is a resource.So, we now have a Blogroll, something maybe alien to academics but normal in the blogosphere. This highlights our currently favourite blogs on crime and criminal justice. The title takes you into a digest of the blog's recent output and from there you can go to the blog itself. Do play with this: you perhaps don't realize how much interesting and valuable material is out there in the blogs. For example, check out Winston Smith to read a witty but biting account of a social worker's experience of the craziness involved in policing the underclass.
As a result, we have abandoned the idea of 'regular columns' and there are now just articles. They will continue to appear on the front page and be placed simultaneously in the Library. The Archive section, under Comment, I created only contains links to stuff published elsewhere.We continue to tweet useful stuff daily; the first 6 shown on the front page and the last 100 on the Latest Tweets page. These re-tweets contain many valuable links. Twitter has proved very useful for discovering new information; a veritable treasure trove. You've just got to ignore the nonsense on there. Please do message useful info/links to us @CrimeTalkEd and we'll re-tweet them to the world.
I had better stop there - it's time for a week's holiday! I hope this is useful and explains where we've been and where we're going, especially to those of you not so familiar with the net and all its new intricacies.Do send us feedback if there's things you'd like to see or change. And please support us materially by buying your books, and getting students or colleagues to buy theirs, through the CrimeTalk Shop. Our costs are substantial and it is difficult to see how we can ask for subs for the foreseeable future. We will probably be forced to introduce adverts onto the site next month, along with the sale of e-books and a donation system.
Take care all,
Our development accelerates each month. The site content expands, we have over 80 registered users, and our Twitter following is over 200. We retain the commitment to quality whilst exploring contemporary ways in which to reach a broad global public. There will be a lot more to come in the coming months, such as the extension of our social media presence, invitations to associations and politicians, use of video etc.
CrimeTalk will look less and less like an academic journal as time goes by. In the meantime, I've created a Navigate the Site page within the Help/Info page to assist those less familiar with new media.
Since March, we've published the second parts in the serializations by Amedeo Cottino, on Nino, and Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs, on Bhopal, and articles by Jade D'Anthro 'A Full English', Curtis Jackson-Jacobs 'Holding Cells', Mike Nellis's review of Clockwork Orange, and myself on Harold Garfinkel. Direct links to those are at the bottom of this letter.
Several new pieces are in the pipeline for next month. Do keep them coming in! Just mail me at email@example.com to discuss.
One of my aims is to make CrimeTalk a valuable aid for teachers and students in criminology and all its constituent disciplines. To that end, we will shortly be publishing our first student project, from one of Gregg Barak's courses at Eastern Michigan. Do offer your better students, u/g and p/g, the opportunity to publish their projects with us. Mail me to discuss. With some countries, this could be a great way to enhance the stock of local research studies.
At the same time, I still want to interest a wider public in talking seriously about crime, censure, and justice issues, to provide a range of accessible ways to do that, and to engage with contemporary policy debates. Hence, after realizing how useful Twitter is, I now make several tweets every day for your interest, in fact usually they are re-tweets of other people's messages. They show in the Latest Tweets module on the Home page and the last 100 are archived on the Tweets page in the Library. They usually contain links to valuable online resources and stories. If students read our daily output, they would soon become immersed in key issues. Agnostics and Luddites amongst you: please look over the list on the Tweets page in the Library!
If any of you want to tweet important info, or publicize your research and publications or make a comment via CrimeTalk, either e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or get a Twitter account and tweet your message, including web link, to me at @CrimeTalkEd and I will re-tweet it. You'd be amazed at how many of the chattering classes read these messages, and in many different countries! Remember: there's a 140-word limit.
In this vein, we have also improved the CrimeTalk Facebook page. All our latest article and comment titles are automatically published there now. Latest stuff is now fully listed on your CrimSoc home page when you log in there, and that is the easiest way to check for new material.
All articles now have 'social sharing' buttons at the bottom. So, if you think an article should have a wider audience, this enables you to send the link to your Facebook page or to get the link out immediately to the whole planet via our Twitter account.
Again, with maximum public engagement in mind, I have created a Polls page under theResearch menu. Please vote. It may seem simplistic but the more people do that the more influential the poll. If you want your own poll, whether for research, curiosity or as a student project, just e-mail me your carefully formulated question and I will create the poll immediately.
So far, few people have posted in the Forums. This will take off eventually the more readers we get and the more you see the possible uses of them, eg as virtual seminars or as ongoing research topic centres. Do please have a think about how you can use them to your advantage.
Finally, a key purpose of CrimeTalk was to create an archive of valuable materials and every month we moved further towards that. There is now an Archive menu with several subject areas, each containing a growing list of online materials, such as interviews, comments, short articles, and videos. The Comments menu contains many more blog links and news feeds, and we are working with Blinkx to focus the television clips dialogue box. Please note the excellent interview with David Simon, co-creator of The Wire, from Guernica magazine, linked into our Reviews sub-menu. Plus the collection of Press Cuttings grows apace. Again, please, if there is anything you would like saving for posterity, or even just next year's work, just send me the link by e-mail.
The more CrimeTalk brings together the more it becomes a special resource which saves you surfing all over the internet to pull together what you want.
Many thanks for your continued support,
All the best,
Recent publications and current items of interest
|CrimeTalk http://www.crimetalk.org.uk Newsletter 3 March 22 2011|
Just a note to tell you all that we've now completed the change of web host and hope that this will prevent any further problems in accessing the site.
So, feel free to resume writing into the Forums and making comments on articles.
You should be able to access the site your usual way. Let me know if you experience any difficulties.
More good news: check out the first part of our important new series by Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs, reviewing the Bhopal disaster and the 2010 court judgment, and also the substantial bibliography they collected in the course of their research. The links are below.
Free download copies of Toxic Capitalism, by Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs, are now available in pdf on Frank's website whose url is:
Thanks for your patience.
Thanks for registering your interest in CrimeTalk. Clearly, although we are moving very fast, I have much work to do on the site yet. I appreciate your patience. However, I do see this phase positively - it is an opportunity to work with you to create a service that is valuable to you and which works. With that in mind, let me tell you that you are very welcome to make Comments on the News or begin a Bulletin Board within CrimeTalk in Spanish.
With Comments on the News, all I ask is that you insert the link into your post so that people can understand your comments
With the Bulletin Board, it would be wonderful if one of you could volunteer to be the moderator, that's the one who tells me if someone is swearing, or advertising, or saying criminal things - after s/he has tried to calm or stop the offending dialogue first. My Spanish is simply not good enough to monitor a BB in Spanish.
I would like the site to be multilingual but I have to be very careful and take things step by step. I'm sure you understand what I mean.To make a start, I will use the Google translator to translate this message - see below - tell me if it is embarassing!
I hope you will enjoy CrimeTalk. Let me know if you have any problems or suggestions. At this stage, all feedback is very welcome.
En espanol, via Google:
Gracias por registrar su interés en CrimeTalk. Es evidente que, a pesar de que se están moviendo muy rápido, tengo mucho trabajo por hacer en el sitio web todavía. Le agradezco su paciencia. Sin embargo, veo esta fase positiva - es una oportunidad de trabajar con usted para crear un servicio que es valioso para usted y que trabaja. Con esto en mente, déjame decirte que eres muy bienvenido a hacer comentarios sobre las noticias o comenzar un tablón de anuncios dentro de CrimeTalk en español.
Con comentarios sobre las noticias, lo único que pedimos es que se inserta el enlace en su mensaje para que la gente pueda entender sus comentarios
Con el tablón de anuncios, sería maravilloso si uno de ustedes podría voluntario para ser el moderador, que es el que me dice que si alguien se toma de posesión, o la publicidad, o decir cosas penal - después de s / ha tratado de calmar o detener el ofender primer diálogo. Mi español es simplemente no es suficiente para controlar un BB en español.
Me gustaría que el sitio web para ser multilingüe, pero tengo que tener mucho cuidado y tomar las cosas paso a paso. Estoy seguro de que entiende lo que quiero decir. Para volver a empezar, voy a utilizar el traductor de Google para traducir este mensaje - ver más abajo - dime si que es vergonzoso!
Espero que disfrute de CrimeTalk. Déjeme saber si usted tiene cualquier problema o sugerencia. En esta etapa, todos los comentarios son muy bienvenidos.