Religious Affiliation and Age on Display

Discussion in 'Questions & Suggestions for CFnet Staff' started by Strangelove, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Strangelove

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    I really think that the forums would benefit by having 'Christian' and 'Not Christian' next to members names on display.

    The main reason for this is because there are people from other religions coming here and posting stuff that is antichrist and new Christians who come to the boards have no idea that these people are NOT Christian. So they might think that a Christian is posting this stuff. It would be natural to suppose that people on a Christian forum are Christian. and some of the antichristian stuff can be very subtle and could maybe confuse a milky babe.

    Secondly, many people who you ask refuse to state whether or not they are a believer. I don't think this is fair. I want to know that if I'm gonna post a bunch of scripture for them I'm not wasting my time.

    Another thing is I think we should have people ages on display. I don't really want to rebuke an elder. I will disagree with their points but we're not supposed to have a go at them and I would also go that extra bit further to give elders just that little bit more honor and respect that they deserve.

    Conversely...if you have a teenager you need to know to put you're responses in simple terms and try and be a bit more paternal with you're posts to them. you need to know that they may be a bit more fragile and less confident and handle you're replys accordingly.

    I think that you should have the option to turn off the age on display. Which I don't think many would do anyway. But by default it should be on.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Nick

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    Hmmm.....I would encourage members to display both their religious affiliation and age, as I also like to know more about who I'm talking to. But I'm not too keen on forcing it on members. I display my age (notice you don't, SL :biggrin) and obviously I"m a Christian

    The old site did actually have a denomination field in the profile. I suppose we could introduce that.

    Remember that members can always lie about their age or religious beliefs, and this system could create a false sense of security. Ultimately - as you always say - we know them by their fruit. :)

    So I would support making age displaying on default and adding in a religious affiliation field, but not making it mandatory. But this will have to be discussed with the other staff.
     
  3. Strangelove

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    Cool. I'm sure all Chrisitans would be happy to display their religion and it should be default. If they turn it off....well....I guess we can read enough into that.

    I don't see your age anywhere Nick. I see this:

    Nick

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    Is it a problem with my browser?
     
  4. Nick

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    You need to go to the profile.
     
  5. Strangelove

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    I just realised after I posted thanks bud.

    Awwwwww your only 18 Nick!!! :shocked!

    I must say you are mature beyond you're years and that is a great credit to you sir. :salute

    I definately think age should be on display under the avatar on peoples posts. Just for practcality sake. And also religious affiliation. Deuce Centieme.
     
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    Haha....thanks :)

    Ahhh, so you want it where "gender" is displayed? That would make more sense.
     
  7. Strangelove

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    I wanted to put my age in but I think I've lost the ability to edit my profile.

    When I go to 'froum actions' near the top theres a bunch of adverts blocking the options. Any other links to get to the edit profile page?

    :help

    EDIT:::: Forget it I'm there now.
     
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    I don`t think listing the denomination is a good idea because it sets up too many prejudices especially among those who really hold strongly to a particular denomination or have very strong views about other denominations. I think just stating if one is a Christian or not puts all Christians on the same playing field and sets all Christians up for equal respect while allowing everyone to see exactly where the person they are talking to stands. It actually saves a lot of time because if one assumes they are talking to a Christian and takes the time to make all sorts of scriptural references, and then afterwards finds the person they are conversing with does not believe the Bible at all, the whole post turns out to be a major waste of precious time that could have been used in posting in such a way that could reach the nonBeliever. The way one answers a Believer and nonBeliever are very different. With a Believer we use scripture with a nonBeliever one has to use other methods.
    With that said, I recently made a post in the Christian only thread examining this same idea along with asking nonBelievers to state why they joined the forum, but the majority did not like this idea. I thought it would streamline things but not everyone shares this idea. But maybe just stating whether one is a Christian or not may go over better.
     
  9. Strangelove

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    Absolutely agree. Christian or Non-Christian is enough without actual denominations.

    Thats def. what I meant with this thread and I think thats what Nick meant too.
     
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    True. I didn't mean denomination. That's what it was on the old site, but I was thinking Religious Affiliation is fine. So people can put whatever they like - Christian, Not Christian, Muslim, Atheist etc. If they want to put their denomination they can.
     
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    I don't understand the need to know the age for the purpose you're giving SL. In changing your approach depending on the age, I can see the potential for a condescending tenor. There's a line between being "paternal" and being "condescending".

    I can agree on the "Christian/non-Christian" thing when it's obvious; e.i. Muslim, but there are members who straddle the line. Then what?


    What do we do with members who refuse to be baptized? ;) Just kidding, SL. Couldn't pass this one up! :biggrin
     
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    For me it would be enough to see Christian or Non-Christian.

    I do not feel it would be good to have age and gender displayed. Because people will start to use the age and the gender of the person to start attacking their credibility, rather then focusing on the Message that the person has given.

    I know that through the Holy Spirit wisdom can come from the mouths of little children. And many old people do have pearls of wisdom garnered from life’s experience. I have also been blessed by some wonderful woman of God who have shared with me truths from scripture.


    So Christian - Non Christian :yes

    Age and gender :shame

    Just my 2cents worth.


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  13. Nick

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    If this is going to be implemented I"m not keen on it being mandatory. It would be optional. So if those who want to display their age, they can. Same with religious affiliation.
     
  14. Strangelove

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    Um...point taken Mike. I was just really wanting it to make sure I dont rebuke my elders as were specifically told not to.

    If a 14 year old joins up and makes a thread on a worldly matter I kinda wanna know his age just so I can gauge his worldly experience.

    LOLZ. Baptizing now mike >> 3>>2>>1>>


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    If someone sins against you....i.e. Bares false witness....it is our job to rebuke him. We are told to do so. Unless he is older than us.



    Ya but generally speaking..?....?....?..I like to know if I'm talkin' to a kid.

    I just want to make the boards a little more realistic. We see how old people are when we meet them. You take that for granted.

    You can make it optional...you dont HAVE to show you're age.
     
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    I actually like the idea of having "Not a Christian" in ones title much like we had back on PHPBB Nick. I know that Vic and Rick manually put those titles in.

    Is there a way to implement this as a mandatory field when somebody signs up? Lets say they have to hit a radio button, or a drop down list which would have "Christian" and "Not a Christian" as the two options? As far as the Non-Christians we currently have, you could just set them manually. If a guy was real slick, he'd create a group and when the user signed up, depending on which option they choose, they would be assigned to that group inheriting permissions from that group :chin

    As far as the age, I'm not so sure some of our female members would appreciate their age being advertised across the board :lol Also, I'm not keen on the idea of people knowing my age either... lots of people surfing the internet and you don't have any idea what they are doing with your information.
     
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    You actually make a good point... I for one talk to our teens at church differently than I do people my own age or older. Hey, when somebody comes in all hysterical and say they are in their 40's, we would know if it was just a mid life crisis or what :lol

    You know, I never did understand why some of the older women would fan themselves during service, especially on a cool day until a couple years ago. Ahh, the things we learn as we get older :lol
     
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    I don't understand any of that...sorry.
     

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