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Offline Matthew

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I just modified CathInfo so that I can switch on/off each subforum from appearing in the Recent Posts, Recent Topics page, and the front page Recent Topics.

Right now, I turned off "Flat Earth" topics from appearing in these places.

But since I wrote this modification "the right way", I can easily add any other subforum(s) to this "2nd class" status in the future.

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  • This seems like it will be a significant improvement.  Thank you.  I am looking forward to seeing it in practice.
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  • This seems like it will be a significant improvement.  Thank you.  I am looking forward to seeing it in practice.

    You won, Jayne. Congratulations. :applause:

    Now you can focus on topics that really matter, instead of being stuck in the flat earth ghetto most of the time. 


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  • You won, Jayne. Congratulations.

    I've wanted to be able to block subforums from the "topics list" for some time. Her bringing up the topic again (nicely) was just the straw that broke the camels' back -- the incitement for me to say, "you know what? I'm going to look into fixing this RIGHT NOW."

    Let's face it -- I moved various unpopular (and frequently complained about) topics to their own subforums for YEARS. So I was already on board, as it were. However, I never took the time (before today) to complete the process by making such topics not appear in lists of recent topics, recent posts, and the homepage widget.

    For some people, that is the main way they browse CathInfo. If the topics aren't excluded from those lists, the topics might as well not be segregated at all. So I fixed that today.
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  • Great upgrade! 


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  • Honestly,  I don't think it's going to help to attempt to "hide" the overwhelming popularity of the flat earth topic.

    The traffic helps pay your bills, no?

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  • Good move!

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  • Honestly,  I don't think it's going to help to attempt to "hide" the overwhelming popularity of the flat earth topic.

    The traffic helps pay your bills, no?
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    Forums don't pay bills, they are a bill.
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    Forums don't pay bills, they are a bill.

    CathInfo, being a successful, well established forum, at least pays its own expenses. But it barely qualifies as a side income at this point. It earns enough to pay the Internet bill, and part of the electric bill. That's it.

    The income is about 40-50% of what it once was. Note I didn't say traffic, I said income. I'm not exactly running a blog or website that talks about technology, visited by gadget freaks with money to donate, spend, etc. :)

    Even Indult or Novus Ordo Catholics have better incomes, more money, and are more worldly (as a group) than the "serious, 7-day-a-week Trad Catholics" I target here on CI.

    Trads are notoriously old, broke and un-materialistic as a group. Keep in mind, Trads don't practice birth control, and they are more likely than average to believe in, and practice, traditional gender roles (read: SINGLE INCOME HOUSEHOLD). Serious Trad Catholic beliefs close off many (more lucrative) employment opportunities which a Novus Ordo Catholic wouldn't have a problem pursuing. Long story short, Trads usually have many other goals besides "make as much money, and live as well, as I can!" They know when to say "enough" where money is concerned. They are more likely to homeschool (which costs money). I could go on with many other reasons why Trads are statistically poorer than most.

    If I was looking for a way to earn money, I should have chosen ANY OTHER MARKET than the Trad market. Obviously this group is close to my heart (because I'm part of it) or I never would have bothered.

    That's why I have to laugh at the idiots here and there who claim it's all about the money for me. They have no idea how little CathInfo earns, or how much time & trouble it has cost me over the years. They are simply ignorant and don't know what the ...heck... they're talking about.
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  • Flat earth has been relegated to the nosebleeds for centuries.  This is no surprise. 

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    Honestly,  I don't think it's going to help to attempt to "hide" the overwhelming popularity of the flat earth topic.
    From my perspective, it's not about hiding this topic.  There's an entire subforum dedicated to it; it's easy to find and go there whenever you want.

    This change is more about giving the "little guy" (i.e. the random, odd, or unusual topic) a chance to be seen in the "recent" list.  Some people don't spend the time to go through each forum to see "what's new", so this is a way for new threads, which might die under the old rules, to live another day.  Which will hopefully spur more traffic and varied conversations and more unique posts. 


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  • From my perspective, it's not about hiding this topic.  There's an entire subforum dedicated to it; it's easy to find and go there whenever you want.

    This change is more about giving the "little guy" (i.e. the random, odd, or unusual topic) a chance to be seen in the "recent" list.  Some people don't spend the time to go through each forum to see "what's new", so this is a way for new threads, which might die under the old rules, to live another day.  Which will hopefully spur more traffic and varied conversations and more unique posts.
    Of course you don't think its about hiding the topic since you oppose flat earth. The 'recent topics' makes all subjects available to everyone easily.  Those who favor globalist science bombed the flat earth forum with new topics, and in far greater numbers than flat earthers.  Apparently, the constant barrage of new topics to the forum on that subject was intentional; for the purpose of getting the topic sidelined.  Otherwise, leaving a topic available on recents reveals what's hot and what's on people's minds.  In that way, Catholics are exposed to a variety of things they might not otherwise bother to investigate or hear about.  There's no doubt it's an attempt to quash information or it wouldn't have been done.   

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  • Great move. 

    Part of the electric bill and Internet bill, huh? Lots of time into this. Looks like my second online job ain't so bad.
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  • Of course you don't think its about hiding the topic since you oppose flat earth. The 'recent topics' makes all subjects available to everyone easily.  Those who favor globalist science bombed the flat earth forum with new topics, and in far greater numbers than flat-earthers.  Apparently, the constant barrage of new topics to the forum on that subject was intentional; for the purpose of getting the topic sidelined.  Otherwise, leaving a topic available on recents reveals what's hot and what's on people's minds.  In that way, Catholics are exposed to a variety of things they might not otherwise bother to investigate or hear about.  There's no doubt it's an attempt to quash information or it wouldn't have been done.  
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    There is no need to suppress flat-earthism because it fails on every front by its own inadequacy and manifest falsehood.
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    If anything it's a move to save flat-earthers from embarrassing themselves every day at the forum's expense.
    Even though some flat-earth trolls (q.v.) are gluttons for punishment and self-abuse.

    Case in point:  flat-earthers (q.v.) who persist in abusing the term globalist when it objectively means quite something else.
    IOW flat-earthers who persist in falsifying what they say can't complain when the chickens come home to roost.
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  • Brilliant upgrade, Matthew!
    Lord have mercy.

     

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