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No. 0     Original Topic: An introduction   
By:  Administrator   Gender: M   Age: 50   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 10:48 AM   Viewed 196210 times     
Let me just keep this first official contact rather brief, if possible. A few important instructions and notices do need to be at least provided before waiting very long. Also, it’s just polite to say hello.

Most forum regulars have already learned of the transition through various General Discussion posts in which I took part in recent days, along with threads begun by the previous site operator in this forum. For the rest, and to provide a general vision of future direction, I am reporting in.


1. For those wondering, Tom is even more impressive in person than online. He is helpful, friendly, dedicated, interesting and more. Today there are software programs with which to easily build internet forums through graphic interfaces. He constructed MeetChristians one keystroke at a time, and still works on it that way. It’s like watching a mad scientist in his laboratory. While running the site for years, Tom demonstrated patience, wisdom and considerable generosity, in my opinion. And he will be missed.

To that end, I don’t plan to fill the shoes of Tom. It may not be possible. Hopefully, there will be areas I can excel in based on my own makeup. With others, where lacking, I shall make efforts to improve or petition for acceptance, shortcomings and all.


2. I am thrilled and humbled with the honor to carefully watch over the site for however long that lasts. I have sought and will continue seeking the patience, guidance, intervention and love of God for the job ahead. For the curious, we had been discussing and planning for a change of ownership during the last 3-4 months, then finally managed to coordinate schedules for a meeting the first Monday and Tuesday of December, almost two weeks ago.


3. There already exists a new profile for the new management contact person, the one in the header of this thread, Adminstrator. That’s me. I may change the name upon thinking up or seeing one that sounds better. The title Webmaster will no longer be in use because, well, to be candid, it wouldn’t be acccurate. But I wanted something easily identifiable for anyone unfamiliar with who to contact, a name that makes it plain when responding in the Help and Suggestions forums that someone from the site has been reached.

Mail sent to the “Webmaster” through the internal mail system at MC will continue being picked up by Tom for a while. He has kept that profile in existence. Regular email sent over the internet using webmaster@meetchristians.com has already been transferred for delivery to my inbox. Anything obviously meant for Tom is going to be forwarded to him by me.


4. No change with regard to the personal information of members will occur. It won’t be sold or given away or shared, unless the site ends up changing hands somewhere down the line. In that case, a warning would be provided before any alteration in the operating agreement. Tom would not allow the sale unless respect for the privacy of members became part of the contract, in writing. We were in complete accord on the subject anyway.


5. We started making a few changes on the first day of converting the system, then added more during the following days, largely with the expertise of Tom, who graciously instructed and worked at the same time. Forum post modifications are now noted at the bottom of the post instead of beforehand. An expanded list of emoticons are available, though for the moment only when using Internet Explorer. MC messages can be marked and sent in large quantities at one time to a regular email account. Quick Message histories are available for viewing. All mail from a single sender can be requested.


6. A few very slight alterations to forum posting guidelines will be forthcoming, such as what may be posted where. For instance, the Book Reviews forum will be expanded to include reviews of movies, cars, anything people want to write a piece about. That will not preclude doing so in the General Discussion room. Except that threads in the review forum will not expire in the usual 60 days, that is when the code can be converted, and will probably stay around a lot longer on page one. I’m not sure yet when that will change formally. Feel free though to begin placing general reviews in there at any time if so desired.

Conversations about politics are acceptable in the General Discussion room again, with exceptions. The political forum will remain for more hardcore types. There are those who initiate large quantities of threads using pasted information obtained from sources outside the mind of the forum participant. That type of material should remain in the political room, along with endless tirades all saying the same thing over and over.


7. Your patience during this orientation period will be appreciated. Getting familiar with the various maintenance requirements is going to take at least a short while, not to mention keeping up with the daily chores. Learning the programming code to even a small degree and where to find all the files it is stored in will take longer. I see that as a welcome challenge, all while realizing fixes to problems might take longer than in the past. Working a regular job too means learning and fixing must take place in off hours. So, we may find a few engine noises that don't get resolved immediately.


8. One final notification worth bringing up before more days go by. The Theology forum should be a place where people, even the timid, can expect to be treated respectfully. Disagreements, passionate ones at that, are fine. Name calling is virtually never necessary though, along with telling others they are not saved.

I’m going to experiment in hopes of finding the best approach, so that we produce an environment where people will feel comfortable learning and teaching about God or, dare it be said, simply enjoying the conversation.


9. In general, my vision is for MC to be a family gathering place for those single or married, a place of refuge and friendship, protection and play, teaching and learning. Finding someone to marry, a welcome bonus. I have lots of ideas for the future, though can’t say when and if the majority of them will be implemented. For instance, I plan to investigate whether games can be installed, such as Hearts, where members can play against each other while online here, while still able to read forum posts and so on. Plenty of simple items too, more icons and options, expanded profile answer choices, well, the list is significant already. No promises though, just a peek at the list of desires.

So much for brevity. :O


Randal
No. 1     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  EyeLovesJesus   Gender: F   Age: 55   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 11:07 AM     
Good morning beloved brother Randal..

You have my prayers and support dear brother.. :pray:

Lord God, I pray that You will Bless my dear brother and all at this site..Amen!!

Thank-You Jesus for giving Your life for us, that we may live..Amen!!
No. 2     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  outdoorman93   Gender: M   Age: 51   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 11:09 AM     
Best Wishes Devy I know you'll do fine !!!!
No. 3     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Loriann492   Gender: F   Age: 35   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 11:21 AM     
I only have one comment... BRIEF? YOU? DEV? BRIEF!? ROFL (ok, I need to learn how to add those icons!
No. 4     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Jan412   Gender: F   Age: 42   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 11:22 AM     
Sounds excellent! Especially use of social graces (!) in Theo. Thanks!
No. 5     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  ChefBrad151   Gender: M   Age: 33   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 11:41 AM     
I just have to say, it's AWESOME and EXCITING that MC went to one of our own! Thanks Randal...Dark Chocolate from Kazakhstan will be available for you in Ohio if you get through in the next Month or 2!
No. 6     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  SuperDave   Gender: M   Age: 22   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 12:46 PM     
Excellent changes! I look forward to being able to discuss issues of theology without being shot down! for the administrator
No. 7     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  MarciaLou746   Gender: F   Age: 50   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 12:58 PM     
Hi Randal,
I think you are doing a great job and wanted to thank you for what you are doing especially the idea that I might even dare to now enter Theo and be able to learn something or share something without the name calling... Such a nice thought... God bless you.
Marcialou
No. 8     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Joni   Gender: F   Age: 27   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 1:16 PM     
Dev, I think you will continue to uphold MC's integrity, as well as give it a new vision. I look forward to the changes you will make and consider along the way, but also have thoroughly enjoyed this site for several years. Tom has done an outstanding job looking to God for guidance with MC and I know you will do the same.

You have my support and my prayers! :pray:
No. 9     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  drew48   Gender: F   Age: 49   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 3:26 PM     
Dev
God is so faithful ...

One final notification worth bringing up before more days go by. The Theology forum is going to become a place where people, even the timid, can expect to be treated respectfully. Disagreements, passionate ones at that, are fine. Name calling is unacceptable, along with telling others they are not saved. I may try to recruit help in identifying problems. A moderator could end up being needed for a room daring to focus on the most important subject on earth and the various interpretations of the instruction book provided by God. Or members familiar with the conversations might just send a note that includes the remarks in question, a thread title and post number. I prefer not to be sent thead titles alone and told to go look. There is already way too many things to complete each day without searching around for offending comments.

I’m going to experiment in hopes of finding the best approach, so that we produce an environment where people will feel comfortable learning and teaching about God or, dare it be said, simply enjoying the conversation.

My intention is for the ambiance in the room to change immediately, however. Those who need to be virulent and condemning during theological debate might wish to begin working on them social skills right about now or, if it comes down to it, find other places for witnessing. Sorry to be so blunt. The change is very important though, in my opinion. Calling another member a liar will be cause for action. First of all, I don't think the term is generally used accurately. People may forget, may have altered their view, might not communicate all that well. But lying, not very likely. The words idiot and stupid will likewise send up flares. Actually, when it comes right down to it, the rules aren't really changing. Only the enforcement.
God hears and answers prayers.
Drew
:kiss:
No. 10     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Abaddon   Gender: M   Age: 22   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 5:12 PM     
sounds like some great stuff is instore here at MC. Also about "needing help" part you mentioned with moderation of the theo forum. I would be interested in doing something of that nature.
No. 11     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Eliyahu   Gender: M   Age: 28   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 10:29 PM     
:goodpost:
No. 12     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  4HimISing   Gender: F   Age: 31   on  Dec 10, 2005 at 10:34 PM     
Sounds like some positive things are going on....I wish you nothing but the best, Dev.
No. 13     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  truth   Gender: F   Age: 52   on  Dec 11, 2005 at 12:28 AM     
Sounds great Dev! Especially the part about B&T. Ruth
No. 14     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Marienka867   Gender: F   Age: 55   on  Dec 11, 2005 at 2:12 AM     
Randal.
May God be with you and bless you and this site.
No. 15     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Pink   Gender: F   Age: 48   on  Dec 11, 2005 at 8:58 PM     
Awesome~

This is wonderful! ....Pink
No. 16     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  StevenKing   Gender: M   Age: 34   on  Dec 12, 2005 at 12:53 AM     
brother , go cool.

:high5: christian greetings.
No. 17     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Vickie   Gender: F   Age: 51   on  Dec 12, 2005 at 5:19 PM     


I always like good news.
Congratulations Dev and thanks for taking on the task. MC is in good hands I think.

No. 18     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Rebecky   Gender: F   Age: 43   on  Dec 12, 2005 at 6:46 PM     
Randal
Welcome and thank you for introducing yourself.
So what you have in your profile is that actually true information?
God Bless and Best wishes on putting up with us.
I have been here for years suprised Tom did know kick off some of us old folks hahahaha
Welcome
Rebecca
No. 19     Reply: Re: Re: An introduction   
By:  Administrator   Gender: M   Age: 50   on  Dec 12, 2005 at 11:09 PM     
Rebecky wrote:

So what you have in your profile is that actually true information?

Rebecca

My original plan had been to remain anonymous, at least for a while. The profile answers were largely reflective of that aim. Later, i went back and changed some to be more accurate, though just looked and found more needed correcting. So, that has been done. Some of them are descriptive of moods rather than all encompassing.

Thank you for the welcome and good wishes.
No. 20     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Rebecky   Gender: F   Age: 43   on  Dec 14, 2005 at 10:41 AM     
Randal
Thank you for answering.
If you keep and eye out in the gatherings you will see we enjoy fellowshiping and meeting new faces. Maybe you would like to meet up with us at one of the get togethers. This year the Annual New Years get together will be in TN instead of my house in VA.
God Bless and let us know if we can be of assistance.
Rebecca
No. 22     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Flashgordon   Gender: M   Age: 47   on  Dec 31, 2005 at 3:30 PM     
Not against donations or donating and I have not donated in some time but have previously under a different username but it is good to log into this now without the nagging donation thing all the time. Thank you for the improvements and I appreciate it greatly.

Thanx
Garry
No. 23     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  MrsW   Gender: F   Age: 52   on  Jan 1, 2006 at 10:35 AM     
Hey Dev,

I just wanted to post my support. I am so glad that you are now the administrator. I won't be around so much anymore as you may have noticed. I am getting married in 150 days and will be working 2 or 3 jobs (depending on how you look at it) starting Jan. 3 so there just won't be spare time. Don't think of my absence as lack of support. Congratulations and thanks for keeping this site family.

CATe
No. 24     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  CelebrateJesus   Gender: F   Age: 24   on  Feb 7, 2006 at 10:13 PM     
Do you know the way to San Jose???
No. 25     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Sharon67   Gender: F   Age: 51   on  Feb 11, 2006 at 6:42 PM     
God bless you for all your work and effort with MeetChristians. I have been a member for a couple of months, or maybe three and so far I have not even had a nibble. Met many wolves in Christian clothing but not one match. There's many matches, but they all live so far away from me, Endicott, N.Y. I'm ready to give up. I get loney. Jesus is Lord. Sharon:violin:
No. 26     Reply: Question from Endicott, N.Y.   
By:  Sharon67   Gender: F   Age: 51   on  Feb 11, 2006 at 8:23 PM     
I've been on MeetChristians for a few months now without any success. I am attractive and intelligent. I have met a few wolves in Christian clothing. And many, many, "send me money my mother is sick". RIGHT!
I have tried the 100 mile radius search and they really were 100 miles away. What am I doing wrong? Can anyone tell me? Can anyone tell me how to use this WEB page to my fullest advantage? Sit back and wait or go hunting? I've only tried the 100 miles radius. Help?:violin:
No. 27     Reply: Re: Question from Endicott, N.Y.   
By:  Administrator   Gender: M   Age: 50   on  Feb 12, 2006 at 1:00 PM     
Sharon67 wrote:

I've been on MeetChristians for a few months now without any success. I am attractive and intelligent. I have met a few wolves in Christian clothing. And many, many, "send me money my mother is sick". RIGHT!
I have tried the 100 mile radius search and they really were 100 miles away. What am I doing wrong? Can anyone tell me? Can anyone tell me how to use this WEB page to my fullest advantage? Sit back and wait or go hunting? I've only tried the 100 miles radius. Help?:violin:

Sharon, it turns out to be rather universal that people beyond a certain age receive far fewer contacts. About the limited numbers within a hundred miles, true enough for many areas. Our site has a mere 5,200 members, and nothing like all of those in the US.

My recommendation is to send notes to people who interest you. Nothing wrong with making a comment in an attempt to possibly enjoy a little conversation.

Also, the forums are terrific for making friends AND being seen.

I wish you well.
No. 29     Reply: Re: Re: An introduction   
By:  Julian   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Feb 20, 2006 at 1:34 AM     
Marienka867 wrote:

Randal.
May God be with you and bless you and this site.


Welcome back Marienka.
No. 30     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Bubbles97   Gender: F   Age: 49   on  Feb 23, 2006 at 5:42 PM     
What a ministry you have Randal!Thanks for all the efforts you are investing.May the Lord fill you with His wisdom.I am new to MC.I am still learning to discover to use your tools.I am excited to join in to your forums.
God bless you!
No. 31     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Debbie248   Gender: F   Age: 30   on  May 31, 2006 at 12:01 PM     
Dev, may I say congratulations? I had heard that you were running MC now. Though I no longer have time to be on the site as much as I one was, the site has changed my life for the better. I guess my relationship with Brian grew when I tried to make peace between he and so many other people on the forums. I know you and I don't always agree with each other but I wish you well with the site. Be good to her. lol
No. 32     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  Judy345   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Jun 9, 2006 at 3:05 AM     
I really like the changes and what your doing on here. I'm still investigating more...:coffeenpc:
Don't seem to be able to liston to Chuck Smith since it is MP3. (whats that??):? I use to enjoy him on the radio here but unfortunately he is no longer in this area. Any ideas?

Someone I enjoy listoning to and find him very interesting is Bob George. He is on radio here daily. Online nightly at www.realanswers.net for your inf....would enjoy hearing your input on this. Lots of believers call in with questions about the Bible. I have learned alot, realizing even more the freedom we have in Christ.:2thumbs:
No. 32     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  NeftelLeli598   Gender: F   Age: 45   on  Feb 9, 2008 at 7:27 AM     

Wow!


TOM (Thomas) Edison helped you construct this site one keystroke at a time. I am truly very impressed. LOL

In reply to your letter Randee would like to indicate that it is a good idea for everyone to keep the messages at this site private and not share them on other sites. People someimes become very innovative and creative with their writing. They should always have the credit for it that they deserve.
Just before signing in we have to be careful though; when I press a key to go to my mailbox expecting to find a sign in panel, I see three letters from other members addressed to someone else. I by mistake once opened one of the letters then closed it again. The title is.."I'm interested.....and another is Reply or something of that nature.

Today before writing my password into the engine for signing in at the sites HOME a piece of the profile application showed up as a page. It prompts me to write about how other people view me as a person.

I wrote that, "most people know that I am a very forgiving person; but I do not tolerate unethical behavior especially towards my person. I believe in " Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". My friends can identify with my past, present, and future goals and they know that I want them to always shoot for the stars because they too have dreams to fulfill"(written by me).

My reply was something like this. All of a sudden the application disappeared.


We have to be careful with quotes and even paraphrasing someone elses work. You can take a quote onthe same site and for example: write out someone's quote or passage and if you do not remember who it was that shared it you make sure to indicate that it is not yours placing it in a BLOCK QUOTE; then if you have forgotten who the actual writer is and the total screen name is not available which is tricky because people change screen names alot; then you would write (anonymous writer).

But Anonymous writer >>> does not affirm that the author of the BLOCK QUOTE wanted to be anonymous and if you use BLOCK QUOTES from the same source and/or author and even continue to write in parenthesis (anonymous)
THat can symbolically become quite offensive. I haven't seen this happen on line yet. But the tools are available to every on -line surfer; so it can happen.

This kind of issue can be reported. Yes.
The negative side is that the anonymous author could take it as an offensive stalk. And that's not good. Just thought I would mention it. I have written an anonymous...... once; but the passage was so clever lol I couldn't help but post it. That happens too. (smiling)


Thanks for the advice and reminding me.




Cordially, Neftel Leli It means>>> Enough tell Lilly.

Thank you.


No. 33     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  NeftelLeli598   Gender: F   Age: 45   on  Feb 9, 2008 at 7:33 AM     


The above is a message for the administrator Randee.


Thank you.


Dear Randee<<< is a very good intro. We should use this without making other people jealous or without making them feeling left out for any reason of course.
No. 33     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 58   on  Jul 2, 2016 at 8:05 AM     
:pray:
No. 34     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 58   on  Nov 17, 2016 at 6:54 AM     
Yes ... thank you Randal ... for this website ! :high5:

No. 35     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Mar 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
Just Prayers ...

For all of those who are blessing this website with their presence and help.

In Jesus' Name ... Amen ! :pray:
No. 36     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 57   on  Mar 19, 2017 at 10:29 PM     
It's a good little website.
No. 37     Reply: Re: Re: An introduction   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Mar 20, 2017 at 5:51 AM     
insular926 wrote:

It's a good little website.



Amen Insular ... Amen ! :2thumbs:
No. 38     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Mar 30, 2017 at 8:08 PM     
Keeping Randal in my prayers. :pray:
No. 39     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  greendiamond   Gender: F   Age: 62   on  Mar 30, 2017 at 10:14 PM     
.......this comment looked kinda ridiculous to me.......
so, i had to take it down........
.......my apologies..........🤦

.......meanwhile.......

TY Randal/'Becca, for all you do .......✨
No. 40     Reply: Re: An introduction   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Mar 31, 2017 at 5:09 AM     
:group_prayer:
No. 41     Reply: Re: Re: An introduction   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Mar 31, 2017 at 6:26 AM     
Marienka867 wrote:

Randal.
May God be with you and bless you and this site.



Amen ! :2thumbs: