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  1. Brock

    Brock Member

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    how did you (the staff) find cfnet, and how did you become staff members.
     
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  2. reba

    reba Staff Member Administrator

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    One of my brothers invited me here.. about 6 1/2 years ago... Not sure why some one asked me to be part of staff...:)
     
  3. AirDancer

    AirDancer Member

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    Finding CFnet was a process.

    I did an online search for Christian chat sites, then went one by one to investigate the sites that were listed. I spent several days/evenings reading the various available threads here before I knew this was the site for me. The majority of posts were polite and caring, the love for our Lord was present in the messages. It was obvious by the interactions that the staff really cared about the well-being of the membership as well as for CFnet. It took no time for me to get involved in the discussions and with the people. There are so many people here I consider as 'friends' (at a minimum) and would thoroughly enjoy meeting them in person if that opportunity should ever arrive.

    Becoming a staff member:

    I was asked. By that point in time, I believe I had shown through my posts that I don't usually internalize insults when one is hurled my way. Being a staff member is not always easy, and it isn't for those who are not able to effectively deal with contentious people. Let's face it, no one usually enjoys being issued a 'verbal' warning or a warning with a point for improper behaviour - something where one or more of our Terms of Service have been violated. Sometimes, a person will attack whoever tries to correct that person.

    Overall, our members are lovely, lovely people who honestly share Christian love with each other. They are ready to offer up prayers for others as well as comment with advice or knowledge when another member has need.

    CFnet is a blessed site in that, overall, we are a Christian site, with staff and members who truly love our Lord!
     
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  4. Nick

    Nick Staff Member Moderator

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    I found CF.net back in 2009, when I was 16. I was looking for some online Christian fellowship as at that time I was a member of a couple of tech forums and wanted something a bit more substantial. Searched Google for Christian Forums and this one look a great fit for me, so I joined and have never looked back.

    I initially was asked to moderate the Teens forum about JuneJuly 2009 and I guess I just suited the moderator role as I was soon moderating many forums here, and really enjoying it. It's a fantastic way to serve, and one that is at times neither easy nor appreciated.

    In mid 2010 I became an admin after a couple of senior admins stepped down for various reasons. Being an administrator can be a very stressful position at times but is great as it gives you a really big picture view of the site, the members and the staff. I've been an admin here ever since, with a little break for a while a few years ago.

    Nowdays I do more tech-related stuff here, although I'm hoping I can get back into the community here more soon. That's the whole reason I have stayed here so long - the community. We have some amazing members here who make my time here by and large a pleasure. I've made many friends over the years here and it really is like a virtual church. It's been a super encouraging part of my life and to an extent I've grwon up here.

    I thank God for these forums and the people here every day.
     
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  5. WIP

    WIP Staff Member Administrator

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    Back in 2010 I was searching for an online Christian forum where I could ask questions and read other discussions to further my understanding and grow in my relationship with our Lord, Jesus. I viewed other sites but found too much turmoil in the discussions and that was not edifying to me. I finally found CFnet and it didn't take long for me to decide to join.

    It wasn't too long after that when Mike, another one of our moderators with whom I have a tremendous amount of respect, asked me to join the staff. I don't recall for sure but if my memory is correct, it was when Mike stepped down from his admin role that I was asked to become an administrator.

    It goes without saying that I have been blessed by CFnet and the members.

    I think I can speak for the entire team and say you are most definitely appreciated! Right now, you're the glue that holds this system together. Not trying to put any pressure on you though. :mischief
     
  6. Knotical

    Knotical Staff Member Moderator

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    I found it while on another Christian forums site, which I was sort of kicked off of. After posting on the site for a while I was approached to be part of the staff. And it was all down hill from there.
     
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  7. reba

    reba Staff Member Administrator

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    WIP Staff Member Administrator

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    Did you throw this away? :rollingpin I have another if you need it.
     
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  9. JohnDB

    JohnDB Staff Member Moderator

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    I've played on christian forums ever since I found them on the internet.
    Back in '02.

    Been kicked off some.
    Left others.
    Some just died for various reasons. (Obvious ones too... Well at least obvious to me)
    No people reading or there to interact with and I'm gone.

    Too many people there means the wackos are too...In droves. And that's usually what starts the downside into Oblivion.
    Wackos are the main reason sites disappear. Promoting sinful lifestyles and wacko theologies...No sincere Christian does that or wants to see it be against the rules to defend the faith they hold so dear against such things.

    The "other site" that has a similar name to ours does that and they aren't recovering.
    I've been a moderator before I got here. Somebody recommended me for a position here. I took it.

    Sometimes I want to tackle difficult theological positions. Make sure of what and why I believe what I believe. See if I'm wandering away. And be "tested".

    Sometimes I just watch and read people. Watch for the things that they do talk about (and the manner they talk about the) and the things that they don't talk about.

    I've met many people that are posters on forums. Some are posers, some are way different than what they wish us to believe, few are exactly who they portray themselves to be.
    The Christian Forums are usually dominated by introverts. A few extroverts are there...But not in dominant numbers.
     
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  10. questdriven

    questdriven resident geek Staff Member Moderator

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    I'm a heavy forum user, even with the majority of netizens not exactly flocking to forums anymore. (They seem to prefer live feed stuff like Facebook or IM type stuff.)
    But anyways since I was on a number of forums I thought I ought to look for a Christian forum to talk about more important topics, learn more about doctrine, and do something productive. I was 18 when I joined in 2012, and was asked to join the staff a few months later.
     
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  11. Mike

    Mike Member

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    I was active on a discussion board for ABC's TV show, "Lost". Yadda, yadda, yadda, here I am. :lol

    "Lost" had many biblical references strewn throughout it, and it often pit a Jesus-like figure against a Satan-like one, so many discussions had Christian and non-Christian members locked up in debates.

    Then the thought occurred to me. I'll go find a Christian forum where everyone comes together in the faith and loves each other up the way Jesus modeled it for us. Somehow I arrived here, where the tension gets hotter than any Lost discussion ever did. Not really how I pictured it, but I have a place where everybody knows my name. And as Norm said in Cheers, it's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear. :confused2

    I was asked to join the staff, yadda, yadda, yadda, here I am.
     
  12. Willie T

    Willie T Member

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    Thank God none of you were lost to the ".com" version of CF. (Been there, done that, don't want the "T" Shirt.)
     
  13. reba

    reba Staff Member Administrator

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    willing to share the :rollingpin
     
  14. Mike

    Mike Member

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    T-shirt? They have CFcom swag? That ain't fair!
     
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  15. th1b.taylor

    th1b.taylor Member

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    a couple of for a couple of days there I quit because we should 3 cautious of who we associate ourselves with. On the .com site I was th1bill and I got me into deep trrouble for explaining to an active homosexual ┬┐Fire Chaplin? that only celebrate homosexuals had any chance of entering through the small gate.

    That was when I discovered it was owned by Canadians and they cannot even preach the verses against that sin because in Canada, that sort of truth teaching is punishable by confinement in a prison.
     
  16. Knotical

    Knotical Staff Member Moderator

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    Quite honestly it is not that hard to setup our own swag. If we want to go that route.
     
  17. reba

    reba Staff Member Administrator

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    ok i know a swag as a lamp... what is it these days?
     
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  18. Knotical

    Knotical Staff Member Moderator

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    Merch
     
  19. reba

    reba Staff Member Administrator

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    Merch ?? wow i am very old
     
  20. Knotical

    Knotical Staff Member Moderator

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    Merchandise related to the website. T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, etc...
     

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