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    OK, so we have a brand new look board with new software. The question is why?? The answer to this is twofold. Firstly because a new version of software became available from the people who make it. That's straightforward enough. However, for some, the next part may be a little more complex:

    Frankly we were happy with the previous version of the software as it was, bar one feature which the new version now has: CMS. For those who don't know, CMS stands for Content Management System. It enables us to publish articles (like this one) that are not regular threads on the Message Board but in fact, stand alone pages on the website. When the article is published, Allowing Comments (an option that may be switched on during the creation of the article) automatically creates a new thread on the Message Board ("by" whoever wrote the article) containing a link to the page (this page) where the article resides, thus allowing members of the forum community to discuss it. That in a nutshell, is the idea.

    So what's the big deal of doing it this way one may ask. Well, it changes things in several ways. For starters, the article goes into a category of it's own and not a thread as you are accustomed to. This one for example, will be in Tech. This gives the article a greater significance in a sense because it will forever be on it's own "page" just like a regular web page. Think of it like this - Compare finding an article such as this one to a thread or post made on a board with over 1 million posts. Now come back a year later (hundreds of thousands of posts later) and try to find that thread or post. Clearly, finding the article is easier (or should be).

    Second, forum threads (and subsequent posts) can tend towards a whole lot of wind without much substance. They can become argumentative, loose focus or simply become derailed. Articles on the other hand are, because of their "permanence" (supposed to be) more carefully planned, better articulated and more carefully written than the average "quick and dirty post". (I say this with reservation because it is certainly not true of all posts. Some are immaculately constructed and presented).

    Thirdly it affords the opportunity for those who have a flair for writing to do just that. We will cover this below.

    Fourthly, the style of writing is different and more akin to something you may find in a Magazine. For example, writing in the third person, describing as opposed to objectifying, teaching as opposed to preaching and most important, speaking as opposed to arguing. Additionally, although an article may legitimately raise questions, it is generally written with authority from the depth of the writers knowledge and experience and not the lack thereof.

    Finally, and most importantly, it enables us to permeate the kinds of values this board was founded on into the day to day discussions and topics. Some explanation may help in this regard. For instance, we often go through periods where the only thing on people's minds seems to be one topic. A good example of this would be the recent failed bombing attempt on Christmas day of Northwest flight 253, from Amsterdam to Detroit. This can be so pervasive that all focus is (literally) stolen from the things that can and should matter. Well written, timely articles can help draw focus back onto our real purpose and mission.

    To get back to our third point mentioned above - who may write articles? .. and who will write them? The short answer is those who have the ability and those who want to. Generally you would expect article content to be written by "the bosses" - administrators and moderators but in reality, they may not be the best people for the job. Truth be told, the chances of someone being a good administrator and writer would be a rare combination. Some Pastors make good administrators and some administrators are also good Pastors but one is usually better at the one than the other.

    In fact, as it is setup right now, not even the moderators are able to write or publish articles. This opens a wonderful opportunity for members with both a passion and flair for writing as well as something significant to say, to express it. It has nothing to do with length of membership, post count or rep score. It's about what you have to say, how well you are able to communicate it, and whether it's 'sayworthy'.

    If anyone with the talent can write articles, how exactly do you? For one, we will be approaching the few we know of directly who have demonstrated their writing skills as well as Christian fidelity and integrity on the open boards. The other way is to indicate your interest by contacting one of the moderators with a brief outline of the proposed content of your article.
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Quickened's Avatar
      Quickened -
      I am liking this more and more! Good idea. Never knew what that CMS stood for until now!
      I like the direction you are taking with this
    1. Desperaux's Avatar
      Desperaux -
      I can see the potential for great blessing.
    1. slightlypuzzled's Avatar
      slightlypuzzled -
      As was said, this will definitely give the board a certain 'Presentation', that will give a window to the board for those just coming to our 'community'...
    1. crossnote's Avatar
      crossnote -
      "To get back to our third point mentioned above - who may write articles? .. and who will write them? "

      Perhaps we might also ask, "who may read the articles .. and who will read them? It will be interesting to see how closely they are followed as I find many blogs aren't.
    1. Amos_with_goats's Avatar
      Amos_with_goats -
      For any who liked the board the way it was, without having to read the front page, you can set your bookmarks to the forum index.

      http://bibleforums.org/forum.php

      and skip it all together.
    1. bdh's Avatar
      bdh -
      Quote Originally Posted by crossnote View Post
      "To get back to our third point mentioned above - who may write articles? .. and who will write them? "

      Perhaps we might also ask, "who may read the articles .. and who will read them? It will be interesting to see how closely they are followed as I find many blogs aren't.
      with the articles on the front page in plain sight, it's probably [hopefully likely] many will.

      Blogs too should see a revival of sorts since the whole layout [including front page] is designed to emphasize them more.
    1. Diggindeeper's Avatar
      Diggindeeper -
      bdh, this news is so, SO exciting!

      I'm already getting thoughts in my head that soon, I'll have to put down in words and I plan to submit a few articles now and then for consideration!

      The writer/teacher is in my DNA, or my genes, or something, and I see the potential for this page to reach many more than any magazine that has thousands of subscribers.

      I also see the HOME page on this board can be a great inspirational and teaching tool, that will indeed reach multitudes of people in all kinds of denominations and even different religions all around the earth!

      I am already inspired! WOW!
    1. D in Georgia's Avatar
      D in Georgia -
      Sounds exciting. I will be praying for those who will be contributing. I have a few people in mind who I would love to hear from....
    1. theBelovedDisciple's Avatar
      theBelovedDisciple -
      I love the new style and the speed is so much better.. it took so long to load on the old board.. now I hit enter and its there.. and I have High Speed DSL..

      nice job!
    1. 14390876's Avatar
      14390876 -
      I like it. I am very much interested in contributing where I can. I like writing but I'm not that sure how good I will be at it. I'm also not yet sure what topics to cover, but I will certainly think about it. As for the new style in general, I think it's great.It seems very practical.
    1. AngelAuthor's Avatar
      AngelAuthor -
      Hmmm...I do have a question regarding copyright. I write for my own website (AngelAuthor.com) and professionally for several other companies as well. How are you guys treating that kind of work? Do you want original, only published here articles, or can I perhaps submit articles that I've written and published to my own site here as well?
    1. bdh's Avatar
      bdh -
      Quote Originally Posted by AngelAuthor View Post
      Hmmm...I do have a question regarding copyright. I write for my own website (AngelAuthor.com) and professionally for several other companies as well. How are you guys treating that kind of work? Do you want original, only published here articles, or can I perhaps submit articles that I've written and published to my own site here as well?
      Unique articles would be better however, it's not essential. The main thing is that they are your own words and therefore the Copyright owner.

      Copyright for articles is the same as for any regular thread on the board and the forum rules in that regard apply - Forum Rules (see about 2/3 down the page under USE OF MATERIAL). It's pretty standard and if you have written material elsewhere I'm sure you will find the wording familiar.
    1. JohnH's Avatar
      JohnH -
      I like the new software now that I know how to take the fonts out of micro-font size.

      Can the individual profiles (or "user cp" as it was called in the old software) be programmed to keep personalized settings in the message boards like font and size?

      If so, I need a walk through because I haven't figured out how yet.

      Thanks.
    1. Cyberseeker's Avatar
      Cyberseeker -
      Thank for this opportunity.

      I have a number of articles but they contain diagrams in gif and/or png format. Does the software permit inline graphics or only links to outside graphics?
    1. denb's Avatar
      denb -
      Quote Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
      I like the new software now that I know how to take the fonts out of micro-font size.

      Can the individual profiles (or "user cp" as it was called in the old software) be programmed to keep personalized settings in the message boards like font and size?

      If so, I need a walk through because I haven't figured out how yet.

      Thanks.
      I too think this font and color are much more interesting.

      So far I've not been able to find the ability to respond to the site authors or to pose a question despite having registered and confirmed the registry.

      There are large blank areas at the bottom center/right where I'm directed to find this capability under the heading of Tech help.

      I'm wondering if despite having entered the site as 'trusted'in my brouser if Norton Security might be interfering.

      Any thoughts? and can you reach the site authors or the tech dept. and ask them to email me (user name denb) directly with a return email capability.

      I'd give my email but I know this is a public forum. .... denb
    1. denb's Avatar
      denb -
      Further attempts are now yielding results.

      denb
    1. Jeandre's Avatar
      Jeandre -
      Quote Originally Posted by Diggindeeper View Post
      bdh, this news is so, SO exciting!

      I'm already getting thoughts in my head that soon, I'll have to put down in words and I plan to submit a few articles now and then for consideration!

      The writer/teacher is in my DNA, or my genes, or something, and I see the potential for this page to reach many more than any magazine that has thousands of subscribers.

      I also see the HOME page on this board can be a great inspirational and teaching tool, that will indeed reach multitudes of people in all kinds of denominations and even different religions all around the earth!

      I am already inspired! WOW!
      I don't know how this works please help me, I INSTALLED DATABASE, but it looks different than the one on help, did I download the correct thing, it looks like I have the multi and I want to use the search function
    1. Jeandre's Avatar
      Jeandre -
      Please help me to get my Bibledatabase to work!!
    1. buklodcs's Avatar
      buklodcs -
      this is more organized than the previous..
    1. Dwight Jackson's Avatar
      Dwight Jackson -
      Please help me understand the new version. I used the older version and didn't seem to have any problem understanding the search parameters, but I cannot seem to understand why finding specific words is more difficult, even though I am using the asterisks as indicated. Do you have a designated location just for technical questions?
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