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George

Shalom everyone,

Thank you for participating in our Font Polls.  After going through the fonts, I couldn't decide on which font I actually liked all the characteristics.  So I took my favorite properties from several fonts, and created "WorthySerif" which you'll see throughout all the Worthy Sites.

It's a blend of 5 different fonts, and several modifications within fonts to create "WorthySerif".

I may still need to tinker with the font, but I think it'll work!

God bless,

George 

George

Hello all,

The forums are divided by two distinct sections: the Outer Court and the Inner Court.

In the Old Testament, the most holy place in the entire world was the Temple. The temple had 3 main components within it: the outer court, the inner court, and the holy of holies.

Now the Outer Court was accessible to ANYONE to enter.

The Inner Court was the areas designated for believers to enter and worship God.

The Holy of Holies was where the glory of God dwelt -- it was entered only once a year by the High Priest and was separated by a veil.

As we continue to grow as a ministry, there are certain areas of the boards where it's intended to be "believer" to "believer" discussions. Our desire is to run a "Christian" online ministry. While at the same time, we wish to welcome anyone who is NOT a CHRISTIAN to join the discussions.

So we've created a layout based on the Old Testament Temple.

The Outer Court is designated for anyone who does not necessarily believe in God's atonement through Jesus -- it's the designated area of the ministry for those who are Undecided to ask questions, to join discussions, and to have fellowship.

The Inner Court is designated for believers only -- ALTHOUGH anyone can read the discussions, only believers will be able to start, and reply to the discussions.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask,

Your brother in the Lord with much agape love,

George

George

Shalom everyone,

We've added a new Q & A section to our forums.  The way it works, as people ask questions, members can answer them.  And as you read through responses, you can vote UP or DOWN responses.  Moderators can choose what they believe is the best answer -- which will be shown at the top.  Other answers will follow in line of the number of votes they received -- not the time it was posted. :)

Just another new feature we've added this week,

God bless,

George

George

Shalom everyone,

I thought I'd mention this new feature -- if you type @ -- then @ then a few letters -- you'll see names start showing up.  If you click on a name then it will create an @George with a box around it -- which automatically goes to their profile / send a message / notification etc.  Handy new future that was just added.

God bless,

George

George

Shalom everyone,

If you turn on the chat bar at the bottom of the page, you'll find a tab called "chat rooms" to the far left.  I've added 2 private chat rooms, Men and Women's chat that use the same passwords as the Men and Women's forums.  If you want to talk to men / women -- log into the room and "invite" users to those rooms if you want to get some advice or just to chat.

God bless,

George

George

Shalom everyone,

I found a new feature on the forums that I just learned and how cool it is to use!  Creating Activity Streams!

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First, you go to -- Activity -> then My Activity Streams -> then Create New Stream.

There's so many different options available, so go ahead and make multiple streams with different options.  Personally my dafault stream is --

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Now once you set up your stream, you can set it up to be your DEFAULT UNREAD STREAM.

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If you go back to Activity -> My Activity Streams -> Choose the Stream you created.  Once you do that -- you have several options -- but if you choose the GREEN check mark -- you can make it your DEFAULT method of how to read Unread content that you see above the RSS / SHARE on the far right side of the page.

This certainly makes it easier to keep up with New Content and you can design it to your personal tastes!

Also, if you find certain individuals very compelling to read, you can begin to "follow" them and there is streams you can create for those you "follow" as you continue to grow in the Word!

Your brother in the Lord with much agape love,

George

 

 

 

George

Shalom everyone,

Since I've been asked, I'll post up a quick reference guide to what the different functions of ministry are.  We instituted a checks and balances sort of system at Worthy, so that no one person or persons have complete authority.

Worthy Steward -- That's me -- and why do I call myself a Steward.  It's merely because I'm a steward of the Lord's ministry.  It's not "my" ministry -- and not "my" work.  It's the Lord's work! :)  

Worthy Servants -- Those are Forum Moderators, who check reported posts, send PM's to keep the peace so to speak, and try to keep this "experiment " running smoothly!

Worthy Chat Moderators -- Those are Chat Moderators, who keep Worthy Chat clean, and help "steer" chat.

Worthy Watchman -- These are a group of "oversight" individuals, whose role is not to "moderate" but a means of checks and balances to the different moderators.  When things come up -- they are responsible to review Reported Posts, Moderator actions / inactions, and even comment as to "why" things were handled the way they were.

Platinum Members -- These are individuals, who help "watch" over the ministry, and have only one "extra" function.  To be able to minister behind the scenes in the chat room as they have Private Message ability.

So in essence, the moderation team is a group of individuals who "volunteer" their time, and often get criticized no matter what they do!  Either they are moderating too heavily, not moderating too much, why is this "false" doctrine allowed to be discussed, etc. are some of the common complaints I've heard over the 15+ years we've run Worthy!  It really doesn't change over the years -- just the members.  Many people don't realize how much turnover there is on forum boards!  I'm not sure how many different moderating teams we've gone through -- but it's significant!

Past Moderation Style

We've always like to keep a clean board. and in the past we removed, hid, and deleted harmful posts.  However, when we do so, many people NEVER see how much moderating is being done behind the scenes!  How many posts are "cleaned up"?  The moderators have a few options at this point.  First, we'll send a Private Message, trying to "steer" people to what is and what is not acceptable.  If this doesn't work, then we will place individuals on "Moderator Review" for a certain period of time.  At this point, most of those individuals placed on Moderator Review never come back.  What most people do not realize is that "Moderator Review" is the last thing we really want to do as moderators -- because it increases our workload!  So what is changed?

Changes in Moderation

We are simply not "cleaning" up the board any longer.  If someone personally attacks someone, then we will simply leave the attack on the board -- EDIT the post -- leaving it intact, but commenting on the post that we as the moderating team do not feel this is appropriate, and the steps we've taken to fix the problem.  We'll send a Private Message to the offender, issue a Moderation point, and ban the person from the thread -- ONLY FROM THE THREAD -- not from the forums!  Just the thread itself!  How I believe this will help in the long run?

1st -- People will actually begin to see how much "moderating" is being done "openly"!

2nd -- By having posts NEVER hidden -- it'll be easy to refer to "past" infractions as a means of "instructing, and correcting".

3rd -- Hopefully people will change their posting styles!

People always try to "win a debate"!  In doing so, they forget that sometimes you win -- by laying down the fight for ANOTHER time!  Usually in the "heat of battle" a nasty thing appears -- PRIDE!  Do you not know that "pride is the source of all contentions!"  (Proverbs 13:10a KJV Only by pride cometh contention)  If you're truly wanting to change someone's mind -- you have to be CAREFUL not to offend.  Why?  As Proverbs 18:19 says, "A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle."  Remember the instruction that Paul gave to Timothy written in 2 Timothy 2:23-26, 

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,  correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. 

The hardest part of this passage is being "kind to everyone" and "patiently enduring evil!"  If the first reaction is to trade insult for insult -- then you're failing at being an instructor of the Word!  Notice how it concludes -- that God opens their hearts to the TRUTH -- it's not us -- it's the work of God!  However, we can do a pretty good job of "hindering" someone coming to the knowledge of the truth by purposely "offending" them!  Forgetting by offending them -- you're actually HINDERING the means by which someone comes to the truth.

If you have any thoughts, any questions, we're all about transparency -- so ask away!

Your brother in the Lord with much agape love,

George

George

What is reputation on the forums? Well, it's nothing to do with a person as it is to do with their posts. If you come across a post you enjoy -- on the right side -- you'll see a + or a - -- that is what determines ones' reputation as a poster. Not sure if we'll keep that feature -- but it is another feature nevertheless!