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Blog Changed to 85 Word Limit

Why has the blog changed from 100 to 85 words per blog reply?

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Webmaster, will CN be making any changes due to ever changing financial conditions?
Will you be considering membership in the future or do you foresee other changes?
---Michelle on 3/30/08

AWWW, why not just delete anything inappropriate and let us keep our 100 words--PLEAZZZZZZZ!
We'll be good I promise!

Webmaster - Sorry, there is only 24 hours in a day and I can't read that fast and maintain the site. We produce hundreds of pages each week of new data. Therefore, it gets back to the users acting appropriately. :)
---NVBarbara on 1/12/08

That's interesting, Robyn. Kathr used to same the same thing.
---Larry on 6/18/07

The space is too limited here. Most bloggers are not seasoned writers. We have limited writing skills. It may take more than one post and certainly more than 85 words to say what we want to say. I feel this should be taken under consideration. Isn't it funny how many restraints and limitations Christians have to live under and the world can practically do whatever it is big enough to do and nothing is usually said or done to them? Just another viewpoint.Worth thinking about.
---Robyn on 6/18/07

Due to so many "Christians" making inappropriate comments we needed to reduce the number of words because we are required to quickly view the replies. If all the users would follow the rules, we could have hundreds of words.
---Webmaster on 6/18/07

webmaster I want to thank you for being so patient with us. This site has been a blessing to me. I have learned so much here.
Yes some of the questions seem questionable but each and everyone of us are walking a different walk.
I just want to say God bless you.
---sharon_darlene on 5/30/05

well people i write 10 pages before i realize i am over so if it was 100 or 80 i would have to redo it anyway
---lorie4334 on 5/29/05

Unless your quoting scripture, Curt.
---Peter on 5/15/05

If ChristiaNet charged 18 to 25 cents per word like the Newspaper does that would cut the words down to just 2 or 3.

Whoops, that comment should have been on the humor blog. There I go wasting them there words again.
To be Cond in #2--> through #10----------> maybe.
---Elder on 5/15/05

It would be helpful if a clickable button to access "Community" will be inserted when reading the blogs.

Also the classification of various posts would make life easier to scan through the posts.
---Albert on 5/14/05

,there is nothing that is said in a hundred words that can't also be said in eighty five.
---curt on 5/14/05

I've posted 2 or 3 questions or made suggestions re the CN site, because I wanted to know the answers, and I thought they would be questions others would want to know the answers to, also..things that have been changed..and they never got posted. Don't know what I did wrong. There used to be a topics page. One was for comments/questions re the site. I'd like to see that back.
---Ann5758 on 5/13/05

Firstly Bill/Webmaster, CN needs to hire someone else to help you! You have a load of work! IMHO! You listening Prez?

Webmaster - We have so many new projects that are underway, unfortunately making it too costly to get even more employees available for other existing projects :)
---NVBarbara on 5/13/05 didn't mention multiple posts in a negative way. Even if you had, that wouldn't upset me. I understood what you were saying.
---Linda_Smith on 5/13/05

I think reaching all manners of people, in different stages of Christian growth,edifies one another,and shares Christian values in living, which enlighten those who are seeking.I prefer Bilibical questions,but humanbeings are many faceted creatures,and all questions on living are valid.I don't like a dating club either,but their heartpain is very real too.Jesus heals all manner of hurt,when healing is sought.Find Christ and let Him find the mate is wiser.People forget,He opens hidden doors.
---Darlene_1 on 5/13/05

It is wise to challenge tha validity of comments here against scripture. This is your calling and ministry of which you must make full proof. God Bless

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

2Ti 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make 'full proof of thy ministry.'
---rev on 5/13/05

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There are three reasons why a post doesn't make it to the forum.

1. The content is not fit to read so it is edited.

2. There may be a foul up in cyberspace. (PS God controls that.)

3. Maybe you/we did something wrong and didn't send the post correctly.

I am not amazed by what is edited I am amazed by what the Leadership (that is what they are) post for us. I didn't get posted about 6 times before I realized I was wrong.

Remember be thankful for what you got.
---Elder on 5/13/05

Bruce and Linda, I am one of those who has mentioned multiple postings. I am certainly NOT offended by them and have learned much from them. My only point was that regardless of whether it is 100 or 85 words if people cannot answer a question in that number they will post more than once. If there HAS to be a limit I think it would be better to be allowed to post only one 'at a time'. M.H.O. only. Hope I didn't upset either of you.
---F.F. on 5/13/05

I also wish that replies to blogs could be more lengthy. In some instances, it's hard to try to get your point across, in such a limited amount of space. However, we're forced to take better command of our words when we make our comments.
---Shirle3914 on 5/12/05

Webmaster, I apologise for assuming that you over edited MY question, when in fact it was a response to many. Mind you, I still have frustration that so many of my posts dont make it through and the editing doesn't appear to be consistent in its rules, and on more than one occasion, I've had part 2 posted and part 1 went missing. Aside from that, I appreciate this service.
---lisa on 5/12/05

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Thanks for the responses. It is interesting in seeing how different people respond.
---Webmaster on 5/12/05

In defence of Webmaster.To All Participants.1 This forum turned itself into a lonely hearts club,& all non christians have jumped in with their thesis.As this is a christian net we can confine our blogs to matters of Doctrine & discussion,matters concerning christians.2 Many people put in their 2 bits usually in agreemen.Is it necessary that all respond making the editorial work more complex.?Pick & choose your Blog to reply. Suggestion!!
---Emcee on 5/12/05

I have learned(and still learning) by trial and error,what is acceptable and what isn't. I know my views are not all that popular,but appreciate being allowed to express them! Thanks C.N.
---1st_cliff on 5/12/05

NO John!! We don't need anybody to drop off! You are appreciated!
---NVBarbara on 5/12/05

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I understand the word limit, & agree, however I tried posting a couple posts on here telling how a couple sites helped my Christian walk & it was all for good intention,& was never Posted. Is it because the sites have nothing to do with the baptist church?

Webmaster - The rules state no email addresses or website addresses. We don't have the permission from these other companies as well as conflicting with any potential advertisers.
---Candice on 5/12/05

Running such a site is not an easy task and Mr Webmaster deserves a big thank you from all of us.

I do think though, that certain useless and silly topics should not be allowed to appear on these fora thus also, minimizing the work for editing.
---Albert on 5/12/05

If even the length of the responses causes someone to stumble in thought or action (voicing that thought), then the purpose of God is not served and love is not manifested in His fullness.
---Linda_Smith on 5/12/05

Webmaster, I appreciate your response and encouragement so very much. However, I see even within this blog and others several posts that mention multi responses in a negative light despite the ministry within or context of them. If those multi responses are bothering others or are considered a waste of their time or space because of length, then it would be better to be short and add my profile id than to continue to post in that manner.
---Linda_Smith on 5/12/05

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Friends there are reasons for multiple post. There are issues that can't be resolved in one post. There is one such blog going on now.

Sometimes people need to realize that they are wrong so they can be helped.

I myself get long winded and never mean any hurt. There are ways to say things without hurting anyone. I hope I have been successful in that.

I'll gladly help CN and the forum family any way I can. So Bill/Webmaster please feel free to call on me.
---Elder on 5/12/05

I would like to agree with the positive comments below.

While there appears to be those who are "offended" by the occasional extended post, as an "offender" I would like to thank you for your efforts in keeping them straight.

Thank you for the opportunity to have this kind of interaction with other Christians. I know it has helped me tremendously over the last year(?) or so that I have been coming here.
---Bruce5656 on 5/12/05

It seems kinda sad that there are some who seem to take joy in tearing others down. If I have written anything that has made your job harder than it is I apologize. I think this is a great site and you do a wonderful job.
---bethie on 5/12/05

A great opportunity to learn to be a better editor. With thanks to a dedicated webmaster - without you there wouldn't be any blogs at all. God bless you.

"There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together."
Josh Billings

Sorry - just couldn't resist. :)
---CarolT on 5/12/05

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With so much of a load, maybe some of us should drop off. I would be willing to do this.
---John on 5/12/05

I think Tom should be ashamed of himself for saying that the Webmaster is lazy. No lazy person would have taken on this enormous task voluntarily and free for all. I do feel that unless we are limited to one entry per log-in per question people will still flout the 85 words by posting multiple replies. I've seen up to 14 consecutive responses on the same subject in the past.

Webmaster - Multiple 85 word replies are easier to deal with because they are all usually approve or all declined.
---F.F. on 5/12/05

How about posting replies in one words: yes; no; unknown; commandment; customary; etc. And i'd like to see this in long court proceedings also.

Webmaster - I think Eloy is just trying to make a joke, however not everyone that gets a response like this from a user would appreciate the humor. Therefore, responses like this tend to get edited because it can be non-Christlike if it needlessly offends.
---Eloy on 5/12/05

I wholeheartedly support your decision. God bless & may He continue to enable the Christianet staff, & management to do what's necessary towards the end result of reaching lost souls with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
---Leon on 5/12/05

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Is there any way we could help? Maybe e-mail a few pages and I for one would be happy to help proof them--just an idea. You don't need to answer unless I could be of some help.

Webmaster - Yes, we have thought of having several people that could approve the posts that are users/editors for the blog, but have not thought of how to effectively do that yet.
---NV_Barbara on 5/11/05

Webmaster: The length of allowable response is still okay with me. I will just cut it in several parts to be accomodated in its allowable limit if my response to Blog questions will be long. Several bloggers gave me that idea. Their responses to my question came in several parts. There is always a solution to a problem.
---linda6546 on 5/11/05

Since I am sure I have contributed a lot to how much time you have had to spend "reading and weeding", I will refrain from responding if I see that my response is going to go over the original 85 word max and just simply share the fact that my personal e-mail is within my profile. I prefer one on one anyway.

Webmaster - That's not necessary Linda because you aren't one of the offenders. Please use as you have.
---Linda_Smith on 5/11/05

Webmaster ~ I agree with you 100%. Some people have taken advantage of the 100 word reply simply to attack someone else or make inappropriate comments. I've always believed that if one doesn't have anything nice to say, it is best to say NOTHING at all. Keep up the good work and God bless you.
---Helen on 5/11/05

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Webmaster: I agree with the Blogger who said maybe you could limit one response to a question instead of allowing several responses by one person. What do you think? Thanks for letting us help you solve this problem.
---Elsie on 5/11/05

There is no limit of words. You may have to use more than one post to give your thoughts. Next, there is no "Free Speech" on this site. Someone is paying the bills for us to use the site free. We have a way of thinking about what we don't have instead of what we have. Next if someone doesn't like the way things are, as one has said, you don't have to ask to be removed. Just stay home and don't come here to play. By the way, what did you have like this before you came here?
---Elder on 5/11/05

Tom, That was very childish and uncalled for. What happened to Christian example and kindness. Let people who are in service to Christ do their job.
---John on 5/11/05

I really do see your problem, and I hope that you will not be upset with our search for a solution. I would like to suggest that looong multi-multi-part answers not be permitted, even though their content is ok. That will cut down on you reading. How about charging a fee per user or better yet make it possible to make a "donation" to the site which could be tax deductible if you are non-profit? Just thinking!

Webmaster - The President of ChristiaNet uses this site as an outreach to the lost and to help Christians grow and believes that as long as it is in his ability to keep the site free to all users (2 million per month) he will. The site is supported through the advertisers on the site who get marketing and believe in the vision to win people across the world to Jesus Christ.
---Pierr7958 on 5/11/05

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Webmaster, I like this site because of all the great resources and I have made some good friends. However, obviously webmaster you have ways to fix the problem you are just lazy and don't care.

Webmaster - Here is another example of a comment that is non-uplifting and that would not normally be posted.
---Tom on 5/11/05

Thanks for the example. I am shocked there are that many bad apples in the Christian basket. There really are not! What we need is access to this site filtered for appropriatness and offenders weeded out. A PERSON CAN BE NASTY IN 2 LINES, EVEN 2 WORDS! ARE WE GOING TO CUT OUR CLOTH ACCORDING TO THEIR EVIL DEEDS? I HOPE NOT! Let's have a SOLUTION SEARCH for this, in form of a blog and in one week you pick "the best." (back to 1oo words)

Webmaster - Any solutions are always more than welcome.
---Pierr7958 on 5/11/05

In defense of the webmaster: The attitude of those who have responsed to this question illustrates his(her?) case in point. Wouldn't the site be better served if, instead of exhibiting an obtuse spirit, one has an understanding spirit and abides by the new rules?
---Meg on 5/11/05

webmaster, you do a great job just reading everything that comes in to you. Personally, I have watched sermons preached on here that go on and on and on and on. You are doing great. Thank you so much. Our answers need to be short and direct.
---shira_5965 on 5/11/05

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I had asked as well a few days ago when I noticed it stopped me at 85 words. Lets be patient and not give the webmaster MORE to do by answering THIS question. They've made their decision.
---NVBarbara on 5/11/05

So we have to be punished for the stupiidity of others? Please remove me from your site entirely. I have lost interest.

Webmaster - Here is another example of a comment that doesn't belong on a Christian site that is meant to be harmful.

Webmaster - Rex, apology accepted :)
---ann_G on 5/11/05

Dear Mr. Webmaster: Thanks for clarifying the reasons for cutting back the "Word Max". I understand why you had to do it; however, this is really reducing me to bottom lining it. Hey, maybe that's not a bad thing! Thank you for your wonderful Website and praise God for giving you the vision to do it and do it so well!!
---Elsie on 5/11/05

You're absolutely right. I appologize for the comment.
---rex3859 on 5/11/05

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If I came to your child's school and began to strip and to curse and to exclaim with profane gesture, would you invoke the right of free speech to keep me out on the playground?

Webmaster - For example, this is a nonproductive comment that doesn't belong on this type of site. The comment is meant to be negative and non-Christlike. You guys would be shocked at the number of people that write in to slam the usually users of the site.
---rex3859 on 5/11/05

To Webmaster:
That is a very sad commentary you made. I am convinced that "censoring" everybody for the mistakes of a few is not the way to go and I urge you to reconsider your decision. May I suggest that you give us some examples of what brought about the change. Next, clear the slate back to 100 words but warn the potential transgressors that their words will be reduced if posts are inappropriate and may lead to their elimination for repeat offenses.Thanks.

Webmaster - I don't have time to email and correct hundreds of people; I wish I did but I am limited to a 24 hour day.
---Pierr7958 on 5/11/05

I hope my posting gets through. I'm the one who wrote this question and its interesting to see how its been edited and appears to generate from the Webmaster and not me? Why? I don't see the rationale as being an appropriate answer to my question. Long live free speech and the first amendment.

Webmaster - Lisa I wrote this question because many people have asked it; not just you.
---lisa on 5/11/05

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