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James L, no problem. Now, I may be totally wrong in this particular case. I'm just assuming that's how the CN software counts the words based upon my experience with other programs. I do know that is how Microsoft Word performs a word count. It takes the number of characters and divides it by 5, and that is the number of words. I'm just assuming that is how CN does it too. Like I said, I may be wrong in this case.
---Jed on 2/28/13


Thanks Jed.

I've wondered about it for a while. Sometimes it's enough to drive me a little bonkers
---James_L on 2/27/13


James L. I think most programs that limit a word count do this by counting characters, as you said. Most programs consider 5 characters to be equal to one word. So the word "Questioned" is actually counted as two words. While the two words "I love" is counted as one word.
---Jed on 2/27/13


I'm curious about the 125 word limit. It sometimes seems more like a character limit instead.

What I mean is that sometimes I click "preview" and the page says REPLY TOO LONG - 126 (or so) words.

So I'll go back and contract where I can, such as that is to that's and it still says 126 words

In this instance, the word count was reduced by one, but it was still recognized as having the same word count

or I might go back and change the wording, say from practically useless to hardly useful and it will accept.

In this instance, the word count stayed the same, but the character count was shortened an it was accepted
---James_L on 2/27/13


Moderator,

Can you tell me where the link is to the older blogs?

Thanks
---matthew on 1/23/08




Emcee ... # 1 There are I think, even within the Roman Catholic church, various different "shades" of doctrine and practice.
It's the same with the world-wide body of Christ, which includes the RCC and other denominations
---alan_of_UK on 11/12/07


Emcee ... # 2 Each denomination thinks it has a more correct doctrine than the others, and perhaps that the others are mistaken in certain aspects.
What almost drives me to despair is when these groups claim exclusivity and condemn others for false (therefore evil) doctrine.
There are a few issues where we have different views ... but we share so much more.
I wish more could understand that.
---alan_of_UK on 11/12/07


2)
The problem is many decide wrongly and will be held responsible for deciding wrongly. Read the warning Peter gave to Christians about following after false preachers and being overcome by the world again after having known Christ(2 Peter 2).
---Matthew_from_LA on 11/12/07


Alan you asked, "who is to decide". The Bible is quite clear about this. Listen to the warning given to all Christians.


Hebrews 13:9
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace, not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Is that warning to a leader of a Church only? No, it's too all Christians. So all Christians must decide what is false and correct doctrine.
---Matthew_from_LA on 11/12/07


Alan Of UK:: in order to have one agreeable Doctrine you/we, Must agree you must Have ONE FOLD.But will this ever be?with a dissatisfied humanity of so many diverse opinions. That is why Jesus instituted "MY Church"Matt16:17-19but see the result.Its like the look alikes of Elvis Prestley on a large scale,with the DEVIL TO BOOT ON THE END OF THE SCALE.
---Emcee on 11/12/07




Matthew from LA .... Please reread my answer ... those are FACTS that many doctrines are not shared by all, and there are many who led by the Spirit as revealed to them, of a certain doctrine, whereas others are led to a different doctrine.
So I repeat ... who is to decide?
There are many here who claim the only correct faith, but there are very few of them who agree on every detail!
---alan_of_UK on 11/11/07


The Bible has been translated into hundreds of languages, and there are many versions in just English. Some of those translations could be in error, or corrupted intentionally for political reasons.

We are each left to read and interprete the Bible in order to gain insight, meaning and guidance. But some here see from their reading only their version of truth to the exclusion of all others.

Are these blogs only for those with that one correct singular vision of the truth?
---matthew on 11/6/07


3) Depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance as Jesus promised(John 16:13). He can and will guide you in His word. It takes a sincere heart that is willing to hear the truth no matter how hard it is to hear. Jesus preached about obedience, repentance, holiness and desiring righteousness. A godly preacher would do the same. If you see a person that mimics Jesus' words and doctrine you got yourself a Godly teacher. Don't compromise the Gospel, and don't be deceived, the truth is clear, it's just not popular.
---Matthew_from_LA on 11/6/07


What's correct doctrine? The doctrine given by Christ and the apostles. Alan, if you don't know how to tell what is false doctrine and what isn't then it is very easy to fall into one. The simple answer is if Jesus and the apostles taught it then it's correct. If it opposes, contradicts, or changes what they taught then it is false doctrine.
---Matthew_from_LA on 11/6/07


2)
2 John 1:9
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2 John 1:10
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

Romans 16:17
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.
---Matthew_from_LA on 11/6/07


If you don't have the Holy Spirit, alanUK, you won't know up from down, false from true,
right from wrong, or evolution from creation.
---Rebekah_Martin on 11/6/07


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The answer In Truth is told in the word "By their fruits you will know them". How can you tell the difference of Pyrites from the genuine 24Kt Gold.Seek with Faith and you will Find.
---Emcee on 11/6/07


Every doctrine that is put forward here is a false one according to other contributors.
How is it possible to define exactly the false doctrine?
---alan_of_UK on 11/6/07


"Moderator - We allow various postings so that people can be taught through the scriptures the truth ie the ChristiaNet Bible Quizzes and other Bible based Christians."

What about those who refuse the truth and are really here to teach false doctrine? Is it Biblical to allow people who are really here to teach false doctrine and not to learn, speak their lies?
---Matthew_from_LA on 11/6/07


What denomination is ChristiaNet affiliated with?

Moderator - We are a Bible based ministry and are not owned or affiliated with any specific denomination. To understand what we believe, take the Bible Quizzes on this website.
---Thomas on 11/6/07


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Does it concern the mods that is allot of false doctrine being posted of these blogs?

Moderator - We allow various postings so that people can be taught through the scriptures the truth ie the ChristiaNet Bible Quizzes and other Bible based Christians.
---Creamcup on 7/18/06


If a blog only has one or two responses do you delete that blog after awhile?

Moderator - Yes because most of the new users to these blogs come off of the search engines and we don't want to give them a bad users experience for their first visit.
---bethie on 7/17/06


If I were to show up in one of the moderators church on Sunday, and they knew it was me, what would they do?
1.Welcome me. 2.Ask me to leave. 3.Something else.

Moderator - Welcome you and buy your lunch.
---MikeM on 7/16/06


Can you tell how many people visit a blog even if they don't leave a response?

Moderator - Yes. About 100,000 people per month visit these blogs.
---bethie on 7/9/06


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Moderator, is there a limit to the number of questions we can ask at one time. This morning I sent in 4 within a few minutes of each other but only 2 have been put on the list.

Moderator - No limit, however we pick the questions that we post.
---Mac on 7/7/06


PART TWO:
Today I recieved one from someone saying that ChristaNet was conducting a survey on "sexual orientation" and there was a link to click on as well. I am assuming they were not legitimate and caution anyone recieving similar ones to not click on any unknow links! Moderator, can you confirm that they were legit or not? I notified the president about the first one and recieved no reply.

Moderator - Yes, ChristiaNet believes in fighting Internet porn and we are working with a large ministry to define the issues, poll and come out with solutions. To the other question, we are experimenting with new ways to interact with our user base and see how they interact and respond to various concepts that may be of interest.
---Bruce5656 on 7/6/06


Nah Mod not loaded. I have just noticed, and been told by others that a lot of their blogs never get posted. I wondered if some Mods with different views were screening.
I have had notes from at least 5 people who are just not posting anymore.

Moderator - One of the mods is newer, therefore needs to be more conservative.
---NV_Barbara on 7/5/06


Are there different Mods working than the ones here 6 months ago?

Moderator - One new moderator. That sounds like a loaded question :)
---NV_Barbara on 7/5/06


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Moderator, is there any way that the title of a question (which contains errors) can be altered after it is posted? I have seen quite a number but the most recent one I'm thinking of is 'Church Altar Church For Prayer'. I assume that the second word 'church' should read 'call'.

Moderator - Yes, that is a typo. I hope that is the rare exception versus the rule. No, we don't have the time to interrupt the webmaster to make changes.
---M.A on 7/4/06


And this one I could see no connection between the title and the question itself. "Does Not Working Make You Poor" Sorry, am I just being too picky.
---M.A. on 7/4/06


I dont have a question I just want to thank ALLthe MODs.
GOD bless you.

Moderator - Thanks and God bless!
---willow on 7/2/06


thank you :)
---bethie on 7/2/06


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Is there a Moderator on here all the time going through everything, making sure everything runs smoothly?

Moderator - 24 X 7 no.
---bethie on 7/2/06


Mods:

I agree that knowing each of your different personalities would help get us to know you better.

Using Mod-3 or Mod-F (Just no Mod-666, OK?) would not compromise your security, for example use the first 2 digits of your SSAN as your Mod-#. Hey, you could use Mod- @#$%^ etc as an ID, also.

Knowing that each mod can only answer for himself, it MAY be tempting for some to play one mod off against another, but Mod-$ can say I support Mod-12.
End of game-playing.

Moderator - As mentioned earlier it would be too difficult for mods to answer. We have a team approach here.
---John_T on 7/1/06


Bruce - It's ok but I just worked it out.
To make the print any colour do this: Put this before the word/s < font color=red > then this after the word or words < /font color=red> . Do not put a space after < or before > but do put a space between the words font and color. You can type in any colour you fancy (this is turquoise). Ok have fun.
---Helen_5378 on 7/1/06


Helen,
To make color use < font color = ? > red < / font >
red
use the name of a color in place of the ? and remove all spaces.

Most basic colors can be used with their cmmon name vs html code ie.
red
olive
green
maroon
yellow
purple
---Bruce5656 on 7/1/06


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Mod::I know you all have enormous pressure.so yourPrivelege to delete or edit has to be done in the blink of an eye.Some times however when the truth hits close to home on the subject, you exercise your authority.

Moderator - We had to start deleting your posts because they are still being sent twice and its taking too much extra time.
---Emcee on 7/1/06


Bruce5656 - Help please. I learned how to do these, but how do I make the letters COLORS.
---Helen_5378 on 7/1/06


Mod ... If you did show an identity for each Mod, the bloggers would have to understand that they could not address a response to a particular Mod. But it would help us to see trends in Mods' replies, in the same way that the Mods can see trends in what individual bloggers say (some you clearly know as being especially troublesome!)
So we may then be able to say, "Well I would expect that reponsse from that Mod.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/1/06


There is no need to know the Moderators proper names but what about simply Moderator #1, Moderator #2 or Moderator A, Moderator B? What security issues could that generate?

Moderator - We could do that, however it would just generate more work as various mods are addressed whom may or may not be available.
---Bruce5656 on 7/1/06


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I would like the Mods to be a little less impersonal. I don't mean in the manner in which they write, but it would be good to have a name shown, such as "Mod David", or "Mod Joe" We would then feel they were real people, not just a cog in the CN system.

Moderator - For personal security reasons, we avoid doing so.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/1/06


thankyou Bruce hopefully it works. Oh very cool and when you hit preview reply you can tell it works.
Moderator, are we allowed to ask how many you have on staff at ChristiaNet?

Moderator - ChristiaNet has a staff of three. We had 1,000,000 visitors, 12 million page loads, 11,000 webpages and 12,000 blog entries in the month of June to manage. We obviously outsource some of our work, however that is a major process within itself to manage. This is our tenth year of business and ministry.
---bethie on 7/1/06


No Alan, that isn't quite what happened. I sent a post on a rather sensitive issue and thought it might not get printed at all. I think that the moderator handled it as best he/she could really but was surprised at the total re-wording. I'm glad that my follow up response was printed in full though and would have been very upset had it not been. Regarding the possibility of sending contributions under someone else's name, I really hope that this doesn't happen. That would be terrible.
---M.P. on 7/1/06


Why not enlarge your staff of Moderators?

Moderator - The ChristiaNet website has been kept free of charges and donations for our ten years of existence as it is our ministry to the Body of Christ. Therefore, our resources have limits.
---NV_Barbara on 7/1/06


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Moderator: How do you differentiate between persons who use the same name/initials? Could cause some confusion.

Moderator - I would recommend using something unique or your penpal User Name.
---JR on 6/30/06


We got 12,000 responses to the blogs in the month of June. That's alot of moderatoring. We also managed 1,000,000 people to the whole site. The website has around 11,000 web pages. This is a very large website to manage and we do our best with the small staff.
---Moderator on 6/30/06


Bethie,
Have a look at this:
http://christianblogs.christianet.com/1143751882-2.htm
for formating information.

Feel free to ask questoions.
---Bruce5656 on 6/30/06


MP Do you say that something has been posted, over your name, but you did not send it. There is an obvious, and perhaps uncontrollable, weakness in the system, because any of us can send in a blog showing someone else at the author. Similarly mustiple identities can be used by ne individual. It would not seem possible to police this issue, unless the Mods had time (!!!) to scrutinise all posts and identities against the email ... not those shown on the post, but those from which the post came.

Moderator - What happened is MP posted a question in a different section and we just quickly typed something here so her question could be answered as it was a good question.
---alan8869_of_UK on 6/30/06


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I was wondering how some responses have underlining or letters in color and bold print.
Also just curious as to how many responses are posted on an average day.
---bethie on 6/30/06


Moderator, thank you for posting 'something' with my initials after it, even though not one word is what I actually wrote. However, to clarify further, the article on migraine, not just the ads above it, refers to acupuncture and biofeedback as possible alternative treatments. The former has certainly been called New Age by one of the moderators fairly recently so I was surprised to see it there. Biofeedback I know nothing about but will now research it.

Moderator - We had 30 Christian writers produce the articles which may be the reason. The best place on this site to understand "ChristiaNet's" beliefs on a topic is to take the various Bible Quizzes. If you find something in an article that is totally crazy, let us know so we can fix it.
---M.P. on 6/30/06


ChristiaNet's forum is the best forum on the Internet. As for myself I have a love hate relationship with this forum. I love the interchange that takes place, but I many times wish that we had more space both to state questions and answer questions.

Moderator - Please feel free to break your responses into several postings. Because a human must scan each response, we need the 85 word limit. If we automated the process, the blogs would become a playground for spamming.
---mima on 6/30/06


At times I have seen a google ad that may not be appropriate when viewing a ChristiaNet article.

Moderator - Google places the ads on our site and we can't control what is placed above an article. Click on any link at your own discretion.
---M.P. on 6/30/06


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What does one do if they want a dialogue or have questions with a Mod that is private? Does everything have to be posted here?

Moderator - Respond to any blog and state this is for moderators only and not to be posted. At times, some of the bloggers just want to update us on potential abuses of the blogs and we take note.
---NV_Barbara on 6/30/06


What are the qualifications to be a moderator? In other words, how do we know that the moderator is knowledgeable of the Bible, and can be trusted to give an unbiased authoritative answer. For example, I wouldn't want a Mormon to be moderator.

Moderator - All moderators are Bible based Christians and follow the Bible Quizzes to the best of their ability.
---Paul on 6/30/06


Since this is a Christian site, why are non-Christians and fringe denominations allowed to post?

Moderator - Twofold. We want people to have the opportunity to know Christ and for Christians to sharpen their evangelism skills.
---Jimbo on 6/30/06


I have noticed at times that some of the bloggers have an attitude that the moderators are out to get them. Is this true?

Moderator - lol We do the best we can with the editing/deleting of posts. We have very limited resources in relationship to the 1 million monthly users of the site. Send in a clarifying post if we miss it.
---John on 6/30/06


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I posted a job for a music position, however it wasn't posted on ChristiaNet. What happened?

Moderator - We didn't receive the post, please try again.
---Pharisee on 6/30/06


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