Let's stay on top o'the spammers, like Mr. "Steamarena.com" below!
k lNovember 27, 2012
Claire November 27, 2012
Liz: thanks for pointing that out. I had no idea that the Coffee Talks have been back up since November 1. It seems like there could have been a way to make that more obvious.
Liz November 26, 2012
Coffee Talk is back up. Scroll down to the bottom of this page (or the homepage) and click on "Blog".
Mary November 19, 2012
I miss the faith and fertility chat most. It filled a real need in my life and helped keep me on track when I was tempted to give up.
Ellen November 18, 2012
I really miss the bloggers. When my day was particularly tough I'd hop on FandF and find relief or inspiration to keep going.
Carolyn AstfalkNovember 13, 2012
The only specific suggestions I can offer have already been noted below - creating an easier way to follow threads (esp. when they go beyond the first "page") and a way of noting threads that may be sexually explicit. I'd hate to see those candid posts disappear since I know of no other forum for faithful Catholic women to discuss some of those issues, but I can see how some might want to skip them or at least keep them from children's eyes.
I hope to see the boards and posts back up soon. I'd hate to have all the "regulars" lose track of F&F during its absence.
Kate November 12, 2012
I miss F&F; when can we expect for it to be integrated with CD? Will there be the archives somewhere? I've been wanting to post to the coffee talk for opinions. A forum like Catholic Answers would be nice.
Steph C November 12, 2012
Wow, as an immediate follow up: allow for hard returns in commenting so that what is typed in a clear outline format doesn't end up as one giant run-on paragraph!!!
Steph C November 12, 2012
Good luck & Godspeed in the transformation process, from a longtime participant at F&FL!
Some ideas, as you move forward:
- make commenting idiot-proof, so that a reply to the post differs from a reply to a reply
-if you choose to have "pages" of discussion (versus re-loading via Disqus as on National Review, for example), make the "next page" or "page 2" link BIG and BOLD and in more than one location, e.g., at the top and bottom and side of the page
- allow for "anonymous" posting but use some sort of assigned avatar/design generator (see Simcha's blog, or any that use such) so that at least folks know that the "anonymous" from one post is the same person as the "anonymous" in another!
- archive comments & allow search function for topics within open forums, or any comments. There were some real gems of discussions that are, for all practical purposes, buried & lost for good. (See Catholic Answers forum & search feature w/in forums for an example.)
-allow for child-free zones for explicit topics
- 180 degree opposite to allowing anonymous posting: consider requiring official registration prior to commenting. I believe this would go a long way to establishing more of a community rather than tolerating random drive-by trolling.
- allow for PM or invitation to private dialogs. See Community.KidsWithFoodAllergies.org for example.
- make all features more mobile device-friendly.
- make contacting an administrator or moderator more obviously available & easy.
- tighten up controls so that a "banned" poster cannot make a nuisance of him or herself.
- allow for (moderated/screened) poster-submitted permanent resource section on pertinent issues - I'm thinking of online pornography help, NFP help for very difficult situations, etc.
- go through emails of previous posters and invite them to submit feedback and suggestions...there are only 40 comments here and F&FL has been off the radar for a while...getting a community & readership back together might be tricky, but I hope word of mouth & smart online advertising will prove otherwise!
- hate to say it, but CD's comment page here is in need of revamping! :(
Sara November 11, 2012
Hi, Danielle! I was an infrequent poster at F&FL, but I have read every post and gleaned wisdom out of every Coffee Talk for years. I am experiencing withdrawal symptoms! I know that whatever you cook up will be great, but I'm wondering if you have a timetable yet? I second (third? fourth?) the requests for a more streamlined way to group threaded messages (things got a little crazy by page 2) and also a way to search. Everyone at Catholic Digest remains in my prayers!
Melissa PekarekNovember 9, 2012
I welcome a continuation of the type of discussions on F&F Live, but is there any way to put the archives somewhere? There was such valuable suggestions, links and discussions, I'd hate to have it gone forever.
Katie November 9, 2012
Gosh, I miss Coffee Talk at the old F&F. It was such a nice part of my day. I know things have to end and change and it's not that I don't like Catholic Digest, but I sure do miss the old site.
Mary in Mn McCarthyNovember 7, 2012
Hi Danielle and the F&F Team: What I miss most of all?? Your podcast of course!! Really, it was a fun part of my week to take a walk with my ipod and listen to the show. I felt like it me getting together with my book club friends or something :). Please bring the podcast back, and if you need any help please let me know. Thanks Lisa and everyone who works hard making the podcasts :). mccarthys at izoom dot net
Marie MNovember 5, 2012
Hi Danielle, Really missing all the great inspiration from every single one of the bloggers at F&F. I truly enjoyed reading each post -- the variety was what brought me back day after day! I love reading about moms with small families and moms with large families, moms with really young children and moms whose children are older than mine. I love reading synopses of what the Pope is saying or some other current event and how it impacts our lives as Catholics. I loved the discussions about recipes! I loved the inspirational posts where the bloggers shared their struggles or their triumphs. Bring it back . . . it is all good!!
Anita HaltermanNovember 5, 2012
Faith and Family was such a God - send! It was wonderful knowing I was not alone in my effort to be a faithful Catholic mom! I loved logging in and seeing what my on-line friends were musing about. (ditto Irene's comment about easy blog posts). Also, as my babies are growing up, I would appreciate more support for moms of college age kids.
Monica (momof2) November 5, 2012
I also would love a separation between types of schooling because so often it gets into barbs about what type of schooling is best. If it's separated by types of schooling (including a category for using a combined approach) we could talk more freely about the schooling we are currently doing.
Danielle M. November 5, 2012
Can't wait to see what you have in store for us, I really miss the daily coffee talks. One small thing that I think would be helpful on those posts that generate a ton of comments is the numbering of comments. This way, if I have checked in the afternoon and read up to comment 30, I know to look for comment 31 to begin reading. It all got a little confusing when comments went on to multiple pages. I will keep your team in my prayers for a fruitful outcome from your labors.
Lisa SNovember 5, 2012
I miss F&F-any estimates when you will have a daily something--blogs or coffee talk going?
Claire November 4, 2012
I think the concern for privacy is actually what motivates people to raise sensitive issues on F&F where they can do so fairly anonymously. But I do like the idea of having separate forums for sensitive issues and warnings for content that might not be appropriate for children.
Julie November 4, 2012
I would like to see a homeschoolers only forum. The education forum maybe needs to be split 3 or 4 ways: homeschoolers, public schoolers, private schoolers, and some home/some at school. It would be nice to have a good forum w/ Catholic homeschoolers without having to worry about unintentionally offending someone who doesn't homeschool.
Julie November 4, 2012
I would like to see the discussions that are very explicit in content (as in inappropriate for children) to have a kind of WARNING: parental advisory notice posted over them so you don't have your children innocently reading over your shoulder and whoops, have to cover the screen or suddenly shut the computer off because of the content of a post. Also, I would like to read some forums without accidentally stumbling upon someone's very explicit and questions/comments about marital relations or bodily functions related to such. These kinds of things belong in a totally separate category because some of us just don't want to read about these things, and especially don't want to stumble across them in an open forum or coffee talk or whatever. I think it should be stressed, even when talking about such subjects, to be as discreet, modest, and as respectful as possible. I was very disgusted and appalled at so many of the posts that I accidentally stumbled upon. It made me feel that people really have no desire for boundaries or privacy in what should be very private matters.
Kristina November 2, 2012
I don't care how you come back - just come back!
Jessica November 2, 2012
I always looked forward to getting a F&F email every day with article synopses. I loved the contributors and really enjoyed having little snippets to reflect on throughout the day. I found the small community of like-minded readers invaluable. I will miss F&F online (I am still mourning the end of F&F magazine!) and I have high hopes for seeing the wonderful aspects of F&F integrated into Catholic Digest. One last thing - I also appreciated that the online component was available even to non-subscribers. I referred many fellow moms to the F&F site who couldn't afford the magazine but were still able to benefit from the daily emails. Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to furthering the kingdom.
Theresa KorteNovember 2, 2012
I appreciate you letting us know what is going on. I miss having F&F to check in on at the end of the day but understand that sometimes these things happen. I really enjoyed with everything that is out there having one place to go where I could... see what is happening in the world and in our church, get a laugh, pray for other's needs, get some advice, listen to another's point of view on issues, be reminded of what is most important, and mostly get a little lift at the end of the day. You and your staff are in my prayers as you venture forward. God bless!
kim posegaNovember 2, 2012
You guys are worth the wait!
kim posegaNovember 2, 2012
You guys are worth the wait!
anne wNovember 1, 2012
I was wondering what happened! Looking forward to what is next. I love interacting and I loved the emails with details of each topic. I hope some sort of summary email can continue for those of us still corraling a handful of little ones that can only peek in online after everyone is in bed!
Kelly CNovember 1, 2012
I do hope the same bloggers will be present--esp. Arwen and Rachel (and you, Danielle, though I haven't seen much on F&F from you lately). And that the archives will still be there--I still find myself going back to old posts either for my own sake or to share with friends.
mary vanasseNovember 1, 2012
Thank you for this update! I do not usually do Cogffee Talk, but I love the other links that were provided for specific topics and blogs. I REALLY miss that daily recap!
Rose KalappurakalNovember 1, 2012
I am a regular reader. As we Catholics believe family is the sacred unit formed by sacred marriage, we would like to discuss, hear and read articles, opinions and comments on all issues concerning the family.
Wishing you all success in all your endeavours
Jennifer November 1, 2012
Oh, this must be so frustrating! I hate when technology just will not cooperate. I've missed the bloggers and Coffee Talk, but I'll be checking back regularly and hope to see it all migrate over soon. (It will all migrate, right? There were lots of posts and recipes that I went back to at times, and I would be devastated for it all to just disappear forever!)
Claire SOctober 31, 2012
I just wanted to clarify that I totally understand the need to post anonymously and I wasn't asking for that to be taken away. My issue is when there is a heated discussion, and sometimes a commenter will return to that discussion several times under a new name each time. Of course there's no way of knowing for sure, but there are times when it's pretty obvious (by the writing style, among other things) that it is the same commenter.
Michele FaehnleOctober 31, 2012
Please keep up the daily blog and please please bring back the podcast!!! I would load up before road trips and listen for 5 hours of archived F & F podcasts and LOVED them. I have tried several other podcasts and nothing is quite like the F & F ladies!!!
Stacie October 31, 2012
I love the daily coffee talk, would love to see a forum (like catholic answers) where people actually interact, and I MUST HAVE the articles written by all of the wonderful writers from F&F Live. Prayers for a smooth transition and that all your hard work on this wonderful site will be blessed. Thank you so much for all you do for the catholic community.
Crunchy Con MommyOctober 31, 2012
I'd love a message board set-up! Some could even be private groups...I think that would get much more honest and hopefully helpful responses on some topics like NFP for example. But comments are fun too. And I do agree that it is nice for there to be an easy way to sometimes go anonymous!
edie October 31, 2012
I enjoyed the daily blog. I liked the variety of topics & guests choosing the topic that interested me. I would love to still be able to do that.
Jen HOctober 31, 2012
I'm with Lisa -- I"m sad F&F just vanished. But I guess it couldn't be helped. I have missed my "friends"! Ya'll are my support network!!
For the future, I all love the ideas already offered (although I like being able to use multiple names in a thread, since sometimes I feel the need to post as an "Anon" for the day!) One concern I have, now that we've merged with Catholic Digest, is if the F&F blog will remain a primarily mom's/women's forum, specifically, since Catholic Digest is for everyone. I know some men dropped by F&F but the sense I had was that my questions and comments were mostly read by women. Will/can this continue? I don't think I"d feel as free to post my concerns in a gender-inclusive forum.
June O'BrienOctober 31, 2012
Will I still be able to read the wonderful blogs from some of my favorite F&F live writers?
RealMom4Life October 30, 2012
Thank you for your continued work. I absolutely love the coffee talk topics and really miss them as a great source for advice! Although I am probably out of this stage of my life (though who knows what God has planned) it seems to be that a pregnancy topic might be useful to many people. I seem to recall many questions on that subject! Maybe combined with TH NFP?
Katie October 30, 2012
Can we get a "like" button for the coffee talk responses?
Claire SOctober 30, 2012
Also, I hope there will be the same capacity to check a box for email notification of follow-up comments.
Claire October 30, 2012
I would definitely love to see the same Coffee Talk topics, as well as the articles written by the F&F bloggers. Also, I'm hoping there will be a way of preventing commenters from using more than one name per thread, as this can get confusing (among other things)?
Miranda October 30, 2012
I miss coffee talk!
Will Faith & Family Live still be a separate magazine, or is it totally merging with Catholic Digest?
Kansas MomOctober 30, 2012
So glad you posted to Facebook where I could see the message! I also want a way to get a daily digest as I would pick and choose depending on my time constraints and the topics.
Michelle DoughertyOctober 30, 2012
Danielle - Thank you for the update! I have greatly missed the Coffee Talk on F&FL. I can think of two things that I would love to see on the new forum: First, I'd love to see messages grouped by thread more easily (perhaps with subject lines and a smoother way know if you're responding to a post or posting a new thread). Second, I think there should be a way to search past discussions. Topic headers for threads would help that, but a search box would be easier, especially if it allowed for an advanced search.
Irene October 30, 2012
Please keep the ability to receive an email with the daily blog topics so we can quickly see if we would like to click on over to the blog as we could with F&F Live. I mostly enjoyed the blog posts by your regular contributors, but I rarely came directly to the website. Thanks!
Anna October 30, 2012
Yay, glad to see things getting back on track!
Lisa HendeyOctober 30, 2012
Danielle -- I feel a bit sad that we didn't have the chance to say goodbye to our F&F friends, but hopefully we'll all find out way over here. Your editorial team is in my prayers as you continue to make Catholic Digest a wonderful resource for our families! Hugs!
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