An IRC channel?

Discussion in 'Questions & Suggestions for CFnet Staff' started by Isaiah, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. Isaiah

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    Hey,
    I'm very sure this has been suggested before but can't we open an IRC chatbox on this website? I'd be great for quick chatting with other members, sometimes I really need someone to chat and messaging is very slow.

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  2. AirDancer

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    This has been discussed before here.

    While it would be a nice feature, unfortunately, there would be no way to monitor/moderate to prevent certain messages (ones against the Terms of Service or Statement of Faith) from appearing.
     
  3. Brother Mike

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    It would be no different than the text that gets printed on the website. There would be no reason an admin could not be logged into chat as there is normally admins around. Also, chat rooms tend to get members that don't post on the forums much and they just hang in chat and are more than able to grab an admin if someone gets out of line.
     
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  4. Nick

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    This idea has been suggested a few times before. I personally think it's a good idea, I don't think the moderation is that much of an issue.

    The staff usually discuss these kinds of suggestions, so your request has been heard.
     
  5. Isaiah

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    All right, I understand that we are not capable to moderate the chat all the time but is it possible that the chat would be available for those who have contacted the staff for an approval?
     
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    We did have a chat capability on the older site, iirc, but no one used it.
     
  7. Brother Mike

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    Have to agree on this. Christian sites that have chat only have X members in that chat, they normally don't post on the forums and they normally don't chat about Scriptures. Having chat does not really help the normal folks with discussions on Bible things, but it does create a new group of folks that will hang out here and talk about food all day.
     
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  8. Isaiah

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    Could there be a poll what do we members think about an IRC channel?
     
  9. Nick

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    I personally think it's worth a try. It'd be great if we could get some more activity here.

    I don't remember the old site having a chat feature?
     
  10. Brother Mike

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    https://xenforo.com/community/resources/taigachat-pro-realtime-chat-shoutbox.1224/

    It's suppose to be idiot proof on setting it up, lots of options to add or remove what members can use like full BBC code or partial, E-mail address or not, Http web links or not. Comes with chat and a shout box. Lots of admin options for staff control.

    It's not that expensive either, compared to arrow chat or comet chat.

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    That's actually the one I'm looking at.
     
  12. Eugene

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    Maybe we could set it up with rules similar to Apologetics & Theology. Anyone typing anything must include a scripture pertaining to what they're attempting to say. :clap
     
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    I dunno. The point of chat rooms is for it to be pretty free flowing.
     
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    That was my warped sense of humor at this hour of the morning. Blessings brother.
     
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    lol Eugene you are bad very bad
     
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    Lol.proper grammar must be used.
     
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    A good chunk of my month off bans have come from breaking the rules in Apologetics & Theology. I can't count the number of bans I have had from that board.

    I have spent a lot of time on other Christian chat rooms before getting perma banned from the different sites. Most of the chats will be from folks who know very little scriptures, a whole lot about foods and things on TV. We call that fellowship.

    Positive reasons to have chat rooms:
    Christian Forums big issue:
    A new believer, or someone not as scriptural literate feels intimidated to even post, because they read through all the super knowledgeable post and know they don't even understand most of it. A whole lot of our readers never sign up as they feel there is no way they could participate in such high level discussions. So we get lots of visitors that will read topics, but that is about all we will hear from them. If someone does post something they want to share, you have 9 other post telling them that they are off scripturally.

    A chat room gives a safe heaven to new folks as the thread topic is not set, so they will sign up to chat and share.
    Making a Noob board only does not work out so well, because if a person has been saved 5 months, they don't think themselves as noobs in Christ, or want to identify with that group, even if they are still very noob.

    A chat room will draw those noob Christians in, and they might even start reading some board post and learn something.

    Chat room instant help:
    Many times folks have come on the chat saying, "I can't make it through the day, or this has gone horribly wrong." There is no delay in response, someone is always on to encourage them, sometimes, someone is on that hears the Holy Spirit and has their direct answer to fix everything. We have a lot of knowledgeable and helpful community members here already. This will HELP (NOT FIX Completely) those one time post for help where we never hear from them again.

    Chat room keeps folks on when forum topics slow down or many new topics are very complicated for most.
    Truth be known, your majority of believes have no idea what Calvinism V.S Molinism is. A chat room though you can just talk about your day, what you did with the kids that morning, what you did at work. It keeps people together in a fellowship atmosphere, not a war ground with scripture cannons sounding off in the background. It will also create a new group of users who are on about the same time ever single day to meet up with the same folks every day.

    Negative Reasons:
    Harbouring the ones that were shot down in the forums.
    It can draw folks who get shot down hard in the forums to take up their soapbox in chat. Serpent seed, no eternal punishment, Oneness V.S Trinity, Keep the Sabbath. These folks chat normal, but always look for a chance to bring out their soap box. Something is wrong spiritually anyway with someone that just has one main theme they ramble on about constantly. SDA for example seem to have no other topic stuck in their brains but no Eternal punishment and keep the Sabbath. Something is very off with that.

    Your occasional loon.
    come worship Allah and Satan, your God is not even real. These folks sneak in from time to time. Come buy stuff on my website, so on.

    Conclusion:

    A chat room will do a good job of monitoring itself. Member that are always on chatting will go get a moderators attention that has ability to get someone that needs removed, and try to keep the forum rules. A chat room community also will try to work with someone who is typing curse words and just miserable as to help them. Being way to miserable and typing curse words on the forum can get you banned, when all you needed was someone to put up with you for a bit and show some love.

    Mike.
     
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  18. Jethro Bodine

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    I've considered inviting other forum members to Skype me.
    I think some theological discussions can flow smoother if you can get right in there and duke it out in real time.
     
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  19. jasonc

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    Off topic,chit chatting isn't fellowship,though fellowship is that.koinenia is literally all things in common.we have that with GOD,the greek word for communion,is..... koinenia. Fellowship is also scripture sharing,testimony, prayer time.I wish we wouldNT complicate via compartmentalizing the function of a church.
     
  20. Edward

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    I think it would work. And be OK with minimal moderation. So it would largely be on the honor system, what's scary about that? Most of the members here show some class when they post.

    Make it three strikes and you're out. Even the kiddiegartners can understand that, lol.

    It would provide an avenue to help certain people out, spur of the moment, like BrotherMike said...
     

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