of Dan and Brenda Beaty, Columbus,
After 7 or 8 years, the hc-talk mail list is
moving to a new web based format: Radically
Email, as a medium of communication, requires
more effort than ever before. For most of us, it
involves the daily frustration of sifting through
increasing amounts of spam. Much of it is sent out
for no purpose except to waste the recipients' time
and to clog up our bulging mail boxes. Viri - self
replicating and highly destructive - are regularly
being sent from forged addresses which look
familiar. Occasionally, mail boxes fill up with
junk and there isn't room for the stuff we
In short, the email environment since the
inception of these lists has become very hostile -
almost unusable for some. Based upon feedback which
I have received, email is no longer the preferred
method of carrying on written dialogue. With these
things in mind, A new online, web-based community,
Radically Christian Cafe, has been created. The
address is below.
The advantages of the new arrangement are
-- A neat web interface which alerts users, at a
glance, of where new posts have been made.
-- The new system is completely commercial free.
No pesky nor distasteful ads.
-- No possibility of viri or spyware infection
as there are no email attachments.
-- No email at all unless you request it.
-- You only participate when you desire. Things
never pile up.
-- No need to log in each time you visit. The
program "remembers" members. :-)
-- Instant notification via email when somebody
responds to your posts, if you choose.
-- Any person may read the posts, unlike an
email list which is restricted to members.
-- Members may communicate with each other
without disclosing their email addresses.
-- Members may edit their messages after they
-- Members' addresses are never revealed.
-- A member's actual name is not revealed unless
they so desire.
-- Messages are searchable and instantly
-- Messages are grouped according to specific
topics, unlike email which has no order.
-- Messages remain permanently visible on the
web for future readers!
-- Messages are threaded on a single page rather
than in separate pages and links.
-- There was something else, but it escapes
At this time, anyone may participate. Soon, only
members will be able to post, though any person may
continue to read. Presently, there are about
500 registered members. Join us when you are
for some of the email list archives.
And check here
for the archives of ntcp, our missions and evangelism e-list.
to the Cafe.