• ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport South Bank - updated 2mo
    The last post was deleted due to the majority of comments being off topic. Please could everyone remember to abide by Scooploop rules and only post comments relevant to the post subject as this will encourage full participation from more members and will be for the enjoyment of all. Thanks very much! Have a great weekend everyone. The Scooploop Team.
  • Welcome to our new support loop. This is a new loop for business users on Scooploop to receive updates about changes, new features and to ask questions. Please note that posts from new users will require approval.
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 5mo
    This war in Ukraine will have catastrophic consequences and will bring suffering to millions of Ukrainians. More than 500,000 people have already fled Ukraine during the first week, and millions could follow who will have their homes destroyed. Ukraine has seen support on a global scale, however many smaller organisations and projects are in need of urgent support. https://blog.scooploop.com/2022/03/03/ukraine-needs-your-support/
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 7mo
    We are excited to enter 2022 with everyone here on Scooploop and continue to build our community platform together. 2021 has been a challenging year for all of us, but it has also seen users from more countries joining and we are looking forward to more users from all around the world joining our community in 2022. We will continue to make Scooploop better. To support us, please continue to give feedback (and forgive us the occasional glitch). So cheers to the New Year! We wish you a great New Year's Eve and a happy New Year! May 2022 be an extraordinary one, in the best way possible! The Scooploop Team.
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 7mo
    Hello Everyone We hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holiday festivities! We know that 2021 has been another challenging year for most – if not all – of us. The pandemic is not over yet and is still affecting our lives, friendships and work. However, here’s to cherishing the memories that have been made with friends and family, to a Merry Christmas and to the happiest of holidays! As always everyone here at Scooploop is forever grateful for your support, humour and help. With a special shout out to our moderators who help to create our wonderful community here at Scooploop. We wish you the happiest of breaks & look forward to entering the new year with you all. The Scooploop Team
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 8mo
    Hello everyone We would again like to thank you all for the offers to assist in moderating some of our local loops. It’s really great to see the support of our users & it is very much appreciated. We would also like to point out that we expect, and require, all of our moderators to implement a neutral stance when moderating their loops. In addition to this an easygoing stance is also welcomed; meaning to not rush to block or suspend other users but instead to offer understanding and moderate consistently and fairly. If these conditions are not met we do reserve the right to remove moderator status. Have a lovely day The Scooploop Team
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 9mo
    Good afternoon all, We hope you are all well & enjoying this autumnal weather! We mentioned, prior to our local loops launch, that we may be looking for users to help moderate these loops in the future. We are now actively looking for any volunteers who would be interested in helping to moderate the local loops, alongside the SL team. If this is of interest to you please do send us a message and we can discuss further. Have a great day The Scooploop Team
  • There are a ton (literally) of items that are recyclable but are often simply thrown away. The UK alone sends a staggering 48 million tons of rubbish to landfill each year. So to help combat this we have put together a list of 10 items that you never knew could be recycled. https://www.scooploop.com/articles/10-things-you-could-recycle
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 9mo
    These days, Christmas seems to start with the arrival of the festive adverts; the supermarkets all vying for your attention, and your money. John Lewis, in particular, always produces a big-budget affair that tugs the heart-strings and hits the headlines. But do they actually work? Have you you ever bought something as a result of these Christmas ads?
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport South Bank - updated 9mo
    Hello everyone, A quick update to let you know that over the next few weeks we are revamping the site to give it a more modern streamlined look and provide a better user experience. That means a few changes, the biggest of which is placing everything into one main stream rather than different ones for loops and local - although it'll still be easy to access those through our new menu and filters. We hope you enjoy the change and look forward to hearing your feedback. Have a great day.
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 9mo
    Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, celebrated their new year on November the 1st. This date was a pivotal time of the year; when the seasons changed. However, more importantly, observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead. This belief is shared by some other cultures; a similar idea is mentioned around the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also typically occurs in October and involves saying prayers for the dead. This is where Halloween gained its "haunted" them from. The word "Halloween" dates back to around 1745 and comes from All Hallows' Eve and means ‘hallowed evening.’ Hundreds of years ago people dressed up as saints and went from door-to-door reciting songs. Children would also go door to door asking for soul cakes, a treat similar to biscuits, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating. Over the years as Christianity took over and the pagan undertones of the holiday were lessened, some basic traditions and elements of the holiday remained a part of our culture and simply evolved becoming what we now know and love as Halloween.
  • With the 21st of October being known internationally as ‘National Pumpkin Day’ it seems apt to look into the origins and history of one of our Autumn traditions; pumpkin carving. This activity is something that has grown over the last few decades and has now become a staple annual activity that all little ones look forward to. There are now many pumpkin patches in the UK where you can go to pick your own perfect pumpkin before taking it home to carve in time for Halloween; adding to the activity and enjoyment. It is believed that the custom of making jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween time began in Ireland. In the 19th century turnips or mangel wurzels, hollowed out to act as lanterns and often carved with grotesque faces, were used on Halloween in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. In fact, the name, jack-o'-lantern, comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack is a man who tricked the Devil for his own monetary gain. When Jack died, God didn’t allow him into heaven, and the Devil didn’t let him into hell, so Jack was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity. In Ireland, people started to carve demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul. When Irish immigrants moved to the U.S., they began carving jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins, as these were native to the region.
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 10mo
    Since the Great British Bake Off began we, as a nation, have become far more interested in all things cake and baking related. There is even a national day; National Cake Decorating Day celebrated on October the 10th. Used to recognize the creative artist in all of us. Whilst most of us are amateurs, many professional cake decorators started their careers as hobbyists and were drawn to the profession as it allows them to express themselves in an edible yet creative form. Cake decorating is an art form that requires both patience and experience. The earliest ‘cake’ can be traced back to the Neolithic era. Archaeologists uncovered very basic cakes made from grains; which would have likely been cooked over a hot stone. However they bear little resemblance to the cakes we know and love today! Why not practice new decorating techniques, try out a new kind of icing or create a one of a kind design to celebrate!
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 10mo
    Nationwide fuel shortages have gripped the nation this past week and sent many of us on a frenzied drive-by search for a petrol station that isn’t closed. Statements have been issued by certain suppliers, such as BP, saying; ‘There are no fuel shortages in the UK. However, due to panic buying a third of our stations are now left empty.’’ Although released to calm the nation it does raise the question as to how, if there are no shortages, we have ended up in this situation. One suggested theory is that it may be caused by Boris Johnson’s extreme interpretation of Brexit: the introduction of hard trade barriers coupled with the restrictions now in place for European workers. Another thought is that the current issues are an after-effect, following the global pandemic. What is most likely is that a mixture of these two causes have resulted in our current shortages. And these shortages are not only limited to fuel supplies; there have been supermarket shelves appearing emptier and energy prices soaring due to unusually low gas supplies. The spike in natural gas and electricity costs has been driven partly by a cold start to the year, with a chillier-than-average Spring. And soaring energy prices are also a problem across Europe. However it seems that the problem is most acute in the UK due to a lack of large natural gas storage facilities and delayed maintenance work. What are your thoughts on the reasoning behind our current shortages? Are they simply unfortunately-timed and unrelated issues, or are they all owing to the same cause?
  • September the 29th is known internationally as World Heart Day, first founded in 1999 with the World Heart Federation. Celebrated across the world, World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families and communities around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health. With heart disease and stroke being the Worlds leading cause of death, killing over 18 million people per year, World Heart day really does play a vital role in raising awareness and offering advice. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided! The specific theme for this year is to raise awareness of CVD (cardiovascular disease). A few years ago world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer, hence the importance of shining the spotlight on it this year. If you would like to know more about World Health Day information can be found on the World Health organisations website.
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport South Bank - updated 10mo
    Hello everyone, we would like to announce a few changes to the local section of the site. To keep in line with the recent changes to Scooploop and to give users more control over what they see and how they use Scooploop, we will be transforming the local section to include loops also. Users will be automatically assigned to these local (neighbourhood) loops based on their current location. Users can also join additional Local Loops allowing them to widen and customise the local feed to suit their needs. We have taken the decision to make this change to allow you, the users, more configurability and control over what you see and how you use Scooploop, meaning content has increased relevance and is more useful to each individual. Local Loops will initially be moderated by ourselves; however, moving forward, we will be offering the moderation to local users relevant to the loops. As this is a big change there may be some bugs that appear, we will be working hard to fix these as and when they appear so please do bear with us. We hope you enjoy the change and look forward to hearing your feedback. Have a great day.
  • Programmers’ Day celebrates the work of the world’s computer programmers. The day is celebrated on the 256th day of the year; a deliberate choice based on the mathematical intricacies of binary code. The day honors programmers around the world.There is hardly a person in the civilized world who does not benefit from the tools of the programmer. They are developing stuff we probably can’t live without nowadays. They are responsible for your mobile phoneand all cool apps you are using, the software of your computer, your browser, the social platforms and websites you are browsing, not to mention all other trendy technologies. Today we are celebrating the hard work and passion of our Scooploop programmers and we would like to wish them clean and bug-free code ;) And here are some ideas how to celebrate the day of The Programmer: ⌨️ 1. Educate yourself about programming Understanding how computers work is a great start to your programming journey. ⌨️ 2. Play coding games Playing games is a great way to build your coding skills in a fun, no-pressure way. You can find and play some of the best coding games online for free! ⌨️ 3. Enrol in free programming courses The internet is filled with great sites for free online computer programming courses. While coding games are a fun way to learn, it would be helpful for you to sign up for a programming course that will enhance your skills if you're serious about the field.
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 10mo
    With a recent survey being carried out by the charity, Engage Britain, it has been found that as many as 1 in 5 British people have felt the need to go private with their healthcare. It has been a long known and much discussed fact that the NHS is overstretched and its workers overworked, however this survey sheds a new light on an ever growing problem. The survey found that while 77% of people were proud of the NHS, many also felt let down by the service. The majority of the people who had felt the need to go private had done so as they had encountered difficulties arranging treatment on the NHS or the service was simply not available on the NHS. It is a shocking statistic that in a country offering free healthcare 20% of people still feel the need to pay to ensure that they receive adequate service. Have you seen a big difference in the NHS services post Covid? Are the waiting times now recovering following an initial set back or will treatment times and appointment availability be an issue we are dealing with for a long time to come? The number of people receiving diagnostic tests and consultant led treatment this summer is more than double the amount when compared to Summer 2020 and the national medical director for NHS England has said: "NHS staff have worked tirelessly over the pandemic, caring for 450,000 patients with the virus in hospital, which has inevitably had a knock-on effect on less urgent care and created a backlog, but staff are also now pulling out all the stops to recover services and help more people as they come forward for care.’’
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport South Bank - updated 11mo
    Hi all, As mentioned before, we are making upgrades related to user location. Specifically, we've standardised our database of locations for the UK and all other countries; meaning that they now share the exact same logic. In more human terms, we're dropping the exact postcode information that was only taken from users in the UK. Effectively this means that you will be able to update your location now by its name, not postcode. Hopefully this change will end the issue of unmatched locations, wrong names and so on. The location search tool that you are now given doesn't work perfectly (we are working on improvements) but it should be good enough for you to choose any location that you want. As usual, please report any errors to us as this was a massive change in the system. The newest app release (1.38.04) is also ready for that change. Have a great day The Scooploop Team
  • The 1st of September is recognised, according to the meteorological calendar,as the start of Autumn. With the Summer months in the UK now officially behind us and the nights starting to draw in again, do you think there have been a change in the seasons over the past years or decades? Summer months seem to be passing in a blur of overcast days scattered with just a handful of sunny moments and seasons seem to be merging into one another. Has it always been like this? Or is this change a side effect of a much larger problem; global warming? According to an annual climate report the combined land and ocean temperature has increased at anaverage rate of 0.08 degrees Celsius per decade since 1880; however, the average rate of increase since 1981 has been more than twice that rate! Since 1880 the overall global temperature has increased by only 1 degree Celsius, which doesn’t sound all that scary, but two thirds of that increase has happened since 1975. It is a worrying consideration that even if we were to stop all emissions today, we would not prevent some changes. However it is also a known fact that, the sooner we cut emissions, the smaller the changes will be. So, do we think that we are already seeing the effects of global warming here in the UK? Or does it still seem to be an issue showingits affects only in the most extreme climates? Places such as the Arctic have been affected hugely, with the ice there now 65% thinner than it was in 1975. The arctic sea the smallest that it has been in the last 1000 years. Meaning that if emissions are not reduced considerably, and quickly, we could see ice free summers in the Arctic by the middle of this century! There seems to have been a recent increase in interest in the issue, with many programs and documentaries popping up surrounding the global warming topic. Extinction rebellion being featured in the news more than ever. And recycling in UK households increasing byalmost 10% over the last decade. Do we think we are doing enough to combat the issue here in the UK and are we already feeling the repercussions?
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 11mo
    Good morning everyone We hope you are all doing well. We would like to pick your brains a little over a topic we are currently looking into. Along with the recent Loop changes we are steadily building more and more tools for both users and moderators; enabling Scooploop to become increasingly customisable and individual for each user. We would love to hear your thoughts on which tools you believe Scooploop needs. We have had a few suggestions from our user base already. With some users suggesting moderators should have the ability to control users behaviours in their groups more extensively. This could possibly mean moderators having the ability to block certain users from interacting with each other for a certain amount of time, to help disperse ongoing arguments. What are your thoughts on this? Do changes need to be made and if so which changes do you feel would benefit yourself and Scooploop the most? It would be great to hear any ideas outside of the blocking debate also. We look forward to hearing all your thoughts & ideas! Have a great day The Scooploop Team
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport South Bank - updated 11mo
    Good afternoon, We are currently upgrading our UK location functionality and as a result some of you may find your location has been slightly moved. The few of you that maybe affected do not panic, there will be a simple tool to change to your exact location shortly. Have a nice evening!
  • Did you know that August the 26th is known as National Dog Day? To appreciate mans best friend and all the joy they bring to our lives! First celebrated in 2004 it is a relatively new celebration, created by animal advocate Colleen Paige. The day helps to raise awareness of the many dogs needing rehoming throughout the country. During lockdown numerous families looked into adopting pets as the country began to work from home. However with companies now returning to the office rescue centres have seen a steep increase in the number of animals looking to be rehomed. It is only right that we honor these animals as not only do they bring comfort and joy to our homes, in some cases these animals put their lives on the line for us. There are dogs that protect our safety and freedom by detecting drugs and bombs, as well as those that pull victims from wreckages and tragic situations. Plus, we have dogs for the disabled, blind, and law enforcement. From these heroic dogs to our family friends, these dogs hold special places in our lives. Here are some ways in which you can celebrate National Dog Day and get involved: Volunteer at your local shelter With record numbers of dogs looking for new homes, shelters are always happy to have a helping hand. Walk a dog A great way to spend some of your free time & fun for all participants! If you don’t have a dog of your own there are now apps and websites that you can sign up to. Linking you with local dogs in the area looking for walks. Donate to animal welfare organisations Making a donation to any shelter is a fantastic way to help out and always much needed and appreciated. Join our Dog Lovers Loop! Get involved and become a member of our dogs lovers loop. With funny memes and cute pictures it’s a welcoming dog focused loop for all. https://www.scooploop.com/loops/dog-lovers
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 11mo
    With the Covid pandemic feeling like it is easing up slightly, what is everyone thinking about holidays? Over the last few weeks restrictions have been eased and we have all been encouraged to try and return to a sense of normality. Whilst this is a great step in the right direction, it can also be hard to balance real life with the right amount of caution. So, should webe travelling this summer? If so, what are the correct precautions to be taking? We have seen companies endorsing ‘cautious travel' - putting safety and flexibility at the top of their priority list. Over the last couple of years many people have lost out not only on the opportunity to travel, but also financially. With companies refusing to reimburse cancelled holidays and airlines offering credits rather than refunds when travel corridors have changed at the last minute... This has led to the majority of people who are looking to get away to only consider the safest of options. Which has in turn led to a record number of tourists holidaying in their home countries. However is this now becoming counterproductive? With resorts in the UK packed to full capacity and towns heaving with tourists it seems a far cry from the restrictions we were all complying with just a few weeks ago. Yet also a very welcome and much needed break for everyone. Were the restrictions lifted too quickly too soon? Or is everyone just happy to be returning to normal again?
  • In order to show our love for orangutans and to recognise the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August the 19th. This day is created to help encourage the public to take action in protecting this amazing species in the wild. Just a century ago there were more than 230,000 orangutans in total. However now there are only 7500 Sumatran orangutans, making them a critically endangered species. With many of them living in captivity rather than in the wild. There are currently only 50,000 to 65,000 orangutans left in the wild, and it's estimated that about 2,000 to 3,000 orangutans are killed every year. This corresponds to 5 to 8 orangutans being killed every day! Meaning that at this rate orangutans are very likely to become completely extinct within 50 years. From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan, population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these studies were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations could be well below these. Something has to be done to save orangutans and that is the reason for International Orangutan Day! If you’d like to get involved and show your support you can head over to www.redapes.org. Here you can find plenty of information & even a link to sponsor your own orangutan; a fantastic and unique gift for all ages.
  • ScooploopSupport @ScoopSupport Mod South Bank - updated 11mo
    Recently, visiting the local supermarket has brought back flashes from the height of Covid in 2020. The emptying shelves and nationwide lack of toilet roll, although now not as pronounced or as toilet paper -focused, has led me to wonder what is behind this? It seems to be a lesser spoken about subject, however shelves are definitely emptier. Is this a fall-out effect from Covid, or could it be an early Brexit indication of issues to come? Looking into this a little deeper it seems that the Road Haulage Association believe this to be a combination effect. There is a shortage of supermarket staff following job lay-offs over the last year and self-isolation after coming into contact with an infection case. This is coupled with a shortage of lorry drivers, estimated to be around 100,000 fewer than needed, as a direct effect of Brexit, meaning it is harder for people from other European countries to work in the UK. Many drivers also returned to their home countries during the pandemic and training of new drivers ground to a halt over the last year or so. The combination has resulted in some of our biggest supermarket chains, such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco, warning that they are now unable to keep their shelves fully stocked. With so many different factors playing a part in this situation, do we think this is a long-term problem or simply a short-term effect of a rocky few months?

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