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Chit-chat / Re: I miss the old days on this forum
« on: August 31, 2020, 05:01:29 am »
We know the problem, and we have thread on possible solutions

I personally think the solution is first getting a domain name, then start spreading the forum around again (please vote!).
I posted it on Feser's open thread, and we seem to get a few new members from that.

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: August 31, 2020, 04:58:20 am »
Welcome! I'll check out your channel when I'm home!

Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas (poll)
« on: July 23, 2020, 04:42:00 pm »
Thank you, Gerlof. Are English and Dutch the only languages you speak?

I also speak a bit of German, but that's mostly because it's so similar to Dutch.

Here are my 2 cents regarding this forum.

I think I'm able to maintain the technical part of this forum. I've got some basic knowledge of HTML/CSS and web hosting that should hopefully be sufficient. I've mailed Brian regarding the security of the forum. He hasn't got back to me with an answer regarding the recovery mail he should have to restore this forum in case of a hack. So I'll ping him again soon.

The biggest risk any forum has is too many administrator accounts. Hack 1 of them and you have everything (including private info). So I'm not a supporter of more than 2 or 3 administrators. All administrators should also have very strong passwords.

My experience with managing and being part of online communities is that people are quite power hungry and can abuse their position as a moderator. So only people who are very open to different opinions should be moderators. Moderators don't have to know much about philosophy or religion etc. in my opinion, as long as they know what the rules are and what to do when someone breaks them. I for example am an absolute beginner when it comes to philosophy, and want this forum to be active BECAUSE I have so many things I want to learn and discuss. Trolls of course should be warned and eventually banned if necessary.

Bringing life to this forum
One thing I learned is that a community is never going to behave as you want it to. Restrict them too much and no-one feels the freedom to post anymore. Too much freedom isn't good either.
Now we can have meta discussions forever, but I'd like to take action. The old forum still has members joining. So there are people who are finding it and wanting to participate. I still think that the forum is just simply not known enough. That's why I first want to pull through with the domain name phase so we can start the promotion phase. We can then steer this forum the way we want.

I don't think people just having questions is a bad thing. Not all discussion has to be high level. A simple question from someone who is doubting his fate (I'm also covering my own ground a bit here lol) that sparks an interesting discussion is also fine to me. If people are too intimated to post I think we won't attract much new members. So I would vote to keep the bar low.

You need advertisement, you need knowledgeable, active people, and after you reach a certain size you don't need, but should have, someone with technological skills. The first is so that people know you exist and where to find you. The second is so that people will stay after they find you. The third helps with aesthetics, security, and things like that. The second takes the most time. I was probably burning at least five hours a day on here after Scott died. It got better after a while, but the fact is that most people aren't interested in contributing to forums. They ask questions, get what they want, and leave.

I'm technical, can help with promotion and do everything regarding aesthetics (I'm a UX/UI designer IRL), and know things about security as well. The second point is the hardest yes. I'm afraid I can't contribute much yet regarding to answers or debates.

I supported moving to Facebook at the time, but in retrospect I think the decision to not move was right.

What are the current Facebook pages you guys post on? I'm not a fan of Facebook (ethically and content wise) and almost no-one I know uses it anymore in this country (and I think in Europe in general). So I'm a big fan of our own place. Also because it allows anonymity to a certain degree and everyone can read the threads.

I agree that the name of the forum doesn't matter much (keep voting though!)

I wonder if most of the interested folks have some other place already besides here and reddit (facebook, Feser's blog etc.) and maybe this forum isn't really necessary. What do you all think?

I'm curious about this as well. Most of the forums I encounter are very low level in discussion or are filled with trolling atheists. I'm hoping to have at least the Feser crowd all active on here. I can't imagine people are satisfied by just posting in the blog comments, since you can't really go off topic on there.

the big Thomism, Scotism, etc. groups are all on Facebook
Could you link those Mackie?

The third is that I think the forum has the potential to develop non-English subforums and serve people interested in scholasticism outside the Anglosphere
This would be very cool indeed, although I think we should first get a decent English speaking community before we branch out.

I can recommend some people who might be interested. (Worry about ability, not degrees. Several of us lacked philosophy degrees when we started, but now have professorships, or are studying for higher degrees at, e.g., Cambridge, Oxford, or other top notch universities. That is part of why we no longer have time.)

Please do! We can invite them after we have a domain name.

This is a bit of a messy post and I'll clean it up if I have time (have to sleep now, way too late)

Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas (poll)
« on: July 10, 2020, 02:59:48 am »
Yes, that's going to be a challenge. I hope I don't have to do that alone. I'm not really that active on Facebook, so for me, a forum helps out.
Haha well you can call me Gerlof, that's my real first name.

Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas
« on: July 08, 2020, 09:42:18 am »
>Well, what you do is up to you.

I'm the new guy here so I think we have to decide democratically.
I agree somewhat. I didn't know about 'Classical Theism' too, but I also didn't know about the terms you're talking about. But that might also be because English is my second language.
After reading , I'm more convinced and you're right.

I hope you keep posting on this forum :)

I'll add the options to the list in the OP, and if possible make a poll out of it.
If nobody responds, I'll go with or

I think René Girard also wrote a lot on this topic. Haven't read his books yet.

Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas
« on: July 07, 2020, 10:09:13 am »
That goes into a deeper question on what would be the purpose of this forum. It seems to me that we're discussing Theism mostly from a Christian perspective, philosophy, and scripture.
Is the therm 'Scholastic' covering all that? Also, why do you think 'classical theism' is too bland?

We can also remove 'Classical' from the name and get the domain (which is still available).

Chit-chat / Re: 'Belief' field on profiles
« on: July 06, 2020, 03:16:05 am »
I'm from the Netherlands. My first language is Dutch

Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:38:02 pm »
I don't think you can negotiate. They don't even have an email option and I'm not comfortable calling them since they're in another country.
I'll add it to the list.

Chit-chat / Re: 'Believe' field on profiles
« on: July 02, 2020, 02:29:18 pm »
Belief, not believe, right?

Ouch. Thanks, changed it. That's what I get for having English at my second language ;)

Chit-chat / 'Belief' field on profiles
« on: July 02, 2020, 10:35:28 am »
This forum software allows for custom fields to be visible on profiles and in the sidebar of posters.

I was thinking of adding a 'belief' field. This allows to see users from what 'point of belief' other users are arguing.
Not sure if 'belief' is the correct term to use here. If you know something better, let me know.

You would then be able to select a 'belief' from a list. It will then be displayed on your profile and sidebar.

I was thinking of the following options:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Orthodox
  • Protestant
  • Muslim
  • Jewish
  • Hindu
  • Buddhist
  • Theist
  • Agnostic
  • Atheist
  • Other
Let me know if I missed any.

Curious what you guys think of this idea.

Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas
« on: July 02, 2020, 05:47:05 am »
It's not Brian who sells the domain, it's a separate company.
What happens is when a popular domain name expires, is that it's up for grabs for anyone. Domain-squat companies scan popular expired domains to buy them and then resell them for a higher price. Unfortunately, that's a legal practice and can only be disputed if your copyright gets infringed (for example the domain name expires and gets bought, they can dispute that because mcDonalds is a registered brand name).

If you go to and then click on 'Buy this domain' at the top, you can see the price they request.

Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas
« on: July 01, 2020, 02:12:57 am »
That would be great. I'll email him.

Update: The domain was expired and is now being domain squatted by some vendor who wants $300 for it.
So unless we pay 300 bucks, we have to choose an alternative.

Chit-chat / New forum style
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:25:13 pm »
As you've might have noticed I'm updating the forum style to be a bit more modern. If you have any feedback let me know in this thread.
Update: Updated the mobile style too. Let me know if there are problems on mobile devices

Chit-chat / Domain name ideas (poll)
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:07:12 pm »
Hi everyone,

To boost the visibility of this forum I was thinking of registering a domain name so we lose the .createaforum part.
Unfortunately most of the obvious choices like, etc. are already in use.

Please vote in the poll above or add your suggestion in this thread!

Chit-chat / Re: Ads on the Forum?
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:26:28 am »
Unfortunately, it seems that createaforum displays ads for the free version. Getting rid of it would cost 5 - 15 dollars a month.
I recommend installing Ublock (available for free for Chrome and Firefox).

Update: I managed to get rid of the ads simply by adjusting the .css file of the theme. Consequence is that the forum looks different now. I'll style it a bit more when I have time.

Chit-chat / Re: Forum promotion (linking)
« on: June 29, 2020, 02:47:32 pm »
JD3 has now been made a moderator, and MightyFool an administrator. The administrator who made the adjustment told me that he would be leaving it to you, MightyFool, to figure out how to make the forums viewable to people who haven't signed in. He apparently hasn't been able to on this platform yet.

Fixed this! I'm also going to look if this could be moved (without breaking anything) to a better domain (without

Chit-chat / Forum promotion (linking)
« on: June 17, 2020, 10:26:30 am »
Hi guys, I'm new here. After experiencing heavy doubts hopefully this forum can help me (so far, the comment section on Feser's blog helped me a lot without even reading Feser's books yet).

This forum was a pain to find though. I came here from a link in the comment section on Feser's blog, then it turned out that forum was dead. Luckily I found this forum in a thread link in that dead forum. This forum didn't have any indication that you needed to register to view any posts though. So finally here I am.

How do we make this forum more known? I'd suggest contacting some other Christian / Classical Theism sites to ask to link to here. Also to make all threads public so you can at least read them while not logged in.

Do you guys have any ideas?

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