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It's been really quiet poll

Discussion in 'Christianity and World Religion' started by awitch, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Topic exhaustion: We've already argued everything ad nauseum

    6.3%
  2. Conservative right wing is in power: Right can't complain, nothing for the rest to respond to

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Too few members participating

    21.9%
  4. Rules are too restrictive to start or sustain conversation

    28.1%
  5. General decline of religious interest in personal life and/or society

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Moving to alternate social media platforums like Discord push web forums to obsolescense

    9.4%
  7. Generally negative experience: poor treatment by other members

    9.4%
  8. Other: Post your reason below

    25.0%
  1. awitch

    awitch Well-Known Member

    +2,535
    United States
    Pagan
    Private
    US-Democrat
    There's been an extensive period of general inactivity 'round the World Religion forum. Just out of curiosity, here's a poll to find out what happened.
     
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  2. HARK!

    HARK! Well-Known Member

    +762
    United States
    Non-Denom
    Married
    The people who aren't active, aren't here to respond to the poll?
     
  3. JackRT

    JackRT OOPS!!! Supporter

    +14,375
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    Christian
    Married
    Generally speaking I think the incredible growth of social media may be the biggest factor but each of the other choices listed may also be a contributing factor. One thing that I have been noticing recently is the frequent use of "protected forums".

    I frequently see interesting opening titles posted but when I investigate I find that either I cannot read the OP or if I can I find that I cannot even post a reply. This is quite frustrating particularly when I feel that I can make an intelligent and /or informative reply. This seems to be particularly true of Catholic forums.
     
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  4. MehGuy

    MehGuy We are highly neotenous apes.. Supporter

    +6,932
    United States
    Atheist
    Single
    US-Others
    Depression and mental problems. Can't really focus much and not sure I have anything worth contributing.
     
  5. Curtis.Hilliker

    Curtis.Hilliker Now what.......

    563
    +642
    United States
    Charismatic
    Engaged
    US-Others
    I’m no theologian. God brings scripture to my mind for certain things and the Spirit leads me in ways to help others but I’m no teacher.

    Maybe if we had some highly educated, respected theologians we could argue with them too (kidding).
     
  6. timothyu

    timothyu Well-Known Member

    +3,022
    Canada
    Non-Denom
    Private
    Majority of good topics have been 'denomination alone' lately.
     
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  7. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

    +27,972
    United States
    Catholic
    Married
    US-Others
    I really do not think this is a place for traditional Christians anymore as the #1 priority. Who even owns this place anymore? We knew the previous owners.
     
  8. JohnAshton

    JohnAshton Well-Known Member

    +1,459
    United States
    Anglican
    Married
    #s 2, 4, and 7 in the poll

    the mods have to loosen up some or the decline will continue
     
  9. Curtis.Hilliker

    Curtis.Hilliker Now what.......

    563
    +642
    United States
    Charismatic
    Engaged
    US-Others
    I would get banned again if I even spoke about it, so there is that...
     
  10. PloverWing

    PloverWing Episcopalian

    +2,537
    United States
    Anglican
    Married
    I voted for "too few members participating", in that I can only think of a handful of people of other faiths who regularly participate in World Religion discussions, so if you and a couple of other people get busy doing things in real life instead of posting to CF, the discussions can die out.

    "Rules are too restrictive" is also a factor, I think. If you're not allowed to say "I had a wonderful time in my temple/mosque/ritual/meditation today - let me tell you about it", then it's hard to get discussions started. Sometimes I'll start discussions by asking direct questions about people's religions, because the rules allow that, but sometimes I'm not creative enough to ask the right questions. And sometimes I get busy with real life too.

    Here, I just thought of a question. I'll go post a conversation-starter now. :)
     
  11. dlamberth

    dlamberth Senior Contributor Supporter

    +1,820
    Other Religion
    US-Others
    Most of the non-Christians who used to post here are no longer participating.
     
  12. Zoness

    Zoness 667, neighbor of the beast Supporter

    +1,421
    United States
    Pagan
    Married
    Most of the topics here now bore me to tears and the rules forbid me from talking about much interesting stuff religion wise. I've mostly found other communities on Discord and Reddit especially to nourish my spiritual side, in the pagan community.

    Plus my secular interests have kept me busy; I'm getting back into the rhythm game community competitively, playing a lot more games at home with my wife and reading a lot more books plus getting tangentially attached to the board game and furry communities as well so I have a pretty rich, full experience now which is sort of at the heart of my religion anyways.

    I've been on this forum for 12 years which is mega crazy and I've evolved a ton since I started as a wide eyed Christian highschooler. It's been instrumental in my transformation so it gets a soft spot in heart but I've mostly outgrown it.
     
  13. Robban

    Robban ----------- Supporter

    +1,874
    Sweden
    Judaism
    Divorced
    Without threads there can be no tapestry.
     
  14. timothyu

    timothyu Well-Known Member

    +3,022
    Canada
    Non-Denom
    Private
    We're unionizing?
     
  15. Robban

    Robban ----------- Supporter

    +1,874
    Sweden
    Judaism
    Divorced
    If "unionizing" means bringing together then hardly.

    Thread starters come and go,
    if no one is standing on the river bank throwing in bread crumbs
    there will be nothing for the fish to nibble on.
     
  16. timothyu

    timothyu Well-Known Member

    +3,022
    Canada
    Non-Denom
    Private
    True. Of course there are partisan fish wardens scaring people off and shutting down fishing holes also.
     
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  17. Sif

    Sif .

    +593
    United States
    Other Religion
    Private
    I can only speak for myself. I find Christians, in general, don't care to learn or know about any non-Christian beliefs. However, on the flip side of that, for me, I simply don't care to discuss my beliefs here or any forum.
     
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  18. TheOldWays

    TheOldWays Candidate

    822
    +738
    Canada
    Catholic
    Married
    Could be a number of things. I find forums in general may be on the decline. A few hobbies I am involved in I would rather post on the Discord then on the forums, then throw in social media platforms and forums seem to fall way behind.

    Everyone is different and I find I am content with my path and don't feel an overt need to discuss religion or spirituality lately. Like zoness said above, i have been here for over 15 years (different account now) and credit this place with helping me better understanding Christianity, then eventually leading me away from it. For a time, as I was a pretty solitary practitioner of whatever path I was on, CF was my go to for discussing religion and spirituality for many years. While active on CF I was a Christian, druid, Noahide, Muslim, anglo-saxon pagan and for a good amount of time a Buddhist of various practices and then eventually to becoming agnostic.

    The real sign for me that CF doesn't hold much weight for me anymore as I now venture into the Catholic Church and I have no interest to even visit the Catholic forum here. I just pop into this sub forum, see nothing of interest and move on. Maybe posting here or there.

    Anyways an interesting topic mr awitch!
     
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  19. MehGuy

    MehGuy We are highly neotenous apes.. Supporter

    +6,932
    United States
    Atheist
    Single
    US-Others
    Man though, sometimes I wish I had more of an incentive to post. Seems like I've been hovering just shy of 50k for a while, lol.
     
  20. RayJeena

    RayJeena Before I was born, he knew me. Supporter

    +3,311
    United States
    Unorthodox
    Single
    I voted "Topic exhaustion".

    At least, speaking for myself, there isn't really anything on CF of
    interest to me that I feel I haven't already debunked, so to
    continue arguing my side of things would feel almost "spammy"
    in its redundancy at this point. If they didn't get it the first
    hundred times I explained it, they'll likely not get it now. Life
    goes on.


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