Thursday, May 05, 2005

Email I rec'd today

Subject: Catholic Answers Forums - Our Busiest Month Ever!
Catholic Answers Forums was just listed on the site as one of the largest discussion boards on the web! Thanks to all who helped put Catholic discussions in the spotlight.
And congrats to those who work behind the scenes making the forums such a pleasant experience for our members.
As April ends we now have over 22,000 members discussing 600,000 articles on 38,000 topics.
Among the most popular topics this past week are:
Momentous events have occurred in the life of the Church and Catholics during the past few weeks.
Stop in and catch up on the importance of:
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope John Paul II
The Conclave in Rome
Terri Schiavo

We have also added two forums for you:
Ecclessia Mundi (News of the Church in the World)
Culture of Life (Pro-life news)

And our existing forums have been jumping. Here's
the latest:
ASK AN APOLOGIST - expert answers to your ??'s
How can I find truly Catholic colleges for my kids?
Who is the patron saint of Catholic Answers?
Is marrying a cousin allowed by the Church?
Why is baptism outside the Church OK but not marriage?
Where do we send our tithe?

APOLOGETICS - defending the Faith
Question from a Seeking Jew
Mary, co-redeemer and co-mediator
The Inspired Scriptures are All-Sufficient?
WOMEN ONLY: Your "opinions" on Women Ordination
What is "Relativism"?

NON-CATHOLIC RELIGIONS - compare & contrast
Poll: How are we saved?
Pope John Paul II and Pope Shenouda III
Mormonism...Christian or Cult?
The Pope?
In what order did each church appear?

SCRIPTURE - What does the Holy Bible really say?
Catholic vs. Protestant John 3:16?
Then James says, 'I rule, then...' Acts 15:7-21
Alcohol drinking
Jesus ate only 3 times, never bathed, and never...
Matt 16:18 and 2nd grade grammar!
They just can't be right, they're Catholics...

LITURGY & SACRAMENTS - the Do's & Don'ts
Photographs from 2005 LA Religious Ed Conference
Poll: Liturgical Changes and Benedict XVI Mass?
Poll: Have you Ever Walked-Out of Mass?
What was the traditional Latin Mass like?
Pictures of the Tridentine Latin Mass/Churches
"Our Father" Handholding/Refusal of Sign of Peace

MORAL THEOLOGY - sin; temptation; moral dilemmas
Appropriate Punishment: Please read before voting
Why Are Christians Obsessed With Homosexuality?
Children of same-sex couples in Catholic schools?
Should men have their ears pierced?
Have you ever corrected any one during Mass?
Is lust the only reason people contracept?


Oh yeah, they don't have a clue how to run a message board...


At 9:20 PM, Blogger Chad said...

Sounds awesome, and when I clicked on a few of the links, it looks like a great place. But, once bitten twice shy. I'm through with online debating for now ;)

At 9:27 PM, Blogger David Hopkins said...

CA is way too big. It is extrmely difficult to get a handle on topics of interest.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Dropper said...

I used think that the CA Message board wasn't a great board, but you can't really argue with the results. Look at that... 22,000 members, 600,00 articles! Wow...

I still don't like some of their "restrictiveness" (no sede talk whatsoever, etc..) but after having seen what I have, I can't really blame them now.

Probably the only reason I haven't frequented their board is because I just haven't gotten the same feeling that I got from my former board. I think that's really only because it's too big.

At 9:34 PM, Blogger Paul said...

I found it too big for my taste. A topic could be posted, and ten minutes later it'd have 100 posts and have been hijacked three or four times. Good I suppose for getting answers, but not so fun for those of us who like things to be a bit more individual.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger dcs said...

I was just reading some of the threads about the TLM and now I want to block the CA forums at my firewall (like I've already done with DCF)!

Too, the larger the message board, the more likely one will see extremes of behavior.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger MKC said...

I agree with you, David. (regarding the TLM thread linked)..


At 10:42 AM, Blogger BekahS. said...

I've read the message board at CA a few times since it opened. It's just never captivated my attention for very long. I did notice the last time I was there a few weeks ago that the home page looks much more attractive with less clutter. Less overwhelming. But, with 22,000 members, how do you get to know anyone? How can you watch new converts grow, or protestants convert? The size just feels way too impersonal, but I guess that works for a lot of people.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger dcs said...

Plus the forums are dog-slow. I guess that's the price you pay for being successful. ;-)

At 11:35 AM, Blogger st_ignatius110 said...

I do know that these forums were awesome during the Terri Schiavo case. I went on there several times asking for help. The people there were immediatly responsive and even passed the messages on. They were so awesome and helped out alot. Thanks to ALL on the CA message boards who took time out to help out and take action for Ms. Schiavo.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger William Eunice said...

I personally thought that CA was to big to keep up with. I visit on rare occasions.

FYI, I met a guy who has a Catholic forum that doesn't get much traffic

You might want to plant there. Just a thought ...


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