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Quaker Web Discussion Forums
and Usenet Group
Compiled by Bill Samuel
Last updated October 15, 2008
There are opportunities to join in (or just read) dialogue among and about Quakers (Friends) in Web discussion forums and one Usenet group. (See also Quaker E-Mail Lists.) All of these are available to anyone at no charge, other than any fees for your Internet service.
Web Discussion ForumsSome Web services have discussion groups, which go by various names at different services. Many Quaker ones have been established, but only a few remain active. In addition to what are listed here, there are groups which you may choose to use either as email lists or as Web forums. Those are covered in Quaker E-Mail Lists.
My comments: Has done better at involving Friends from different parts of the spectrum than most Quaker forums and email lists. Is not as active as it once was.
My comments: The most active general interest Quaker forum at this writing. Originally mostly Friends from the liberal unprogrammed part of the spectrum, but has become broader.
My comments: Friendly atmosphere; rarely contentious. A wide variety of Friends participate. Not very active at this writing
My comments: This Forum attracts a varity of people, including those who take Beliefnet's Belief-O-Matic quiz and test out Quaker. Not very high volume.
Quaker Usenet GroupYou read Usenet groups with newsreader software located either on your provider's hosted exchange server or on your own computer. Because of the enormous number of Usenet groups and the associated disk storage requirements, many providers do not provide all possible Usenet groups, but they usually provide the standard hierarchy. You post messages to a group which is solely a Usenet group with newsreader software (either standalone or bundled with either of the major Web browsers) or Web sites set up for this purpose (like Google groups), not your e-mail software.
soc.religion.quakerSoc.religion.quaker is a general purpose Quaker discussion group. It is unmoderated and no subscription or registration is required for posting.
My comments: High volume. Most posts are by a very few posters, and the large majority are not of interest to most people who want to discuss Quakers and Quakerism.
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