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guest050817

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    guest050817 reacted to MohammadAli1993 in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    You know what brother
    MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU!
    That was a dam good article
    Makes SENSE
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    guest050817 got a reaction from shia farm girl in When you're an Introvert   
    i'm an infj
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    guest050817 reacted to Zuljenah in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Posting again.. as requested by HR!
    Well, I've met a lot of ShiaChatters. I actually met more ShiaChatters when I briefly visited London in 2005 than I did when I lived there for 2.5 years! I've met ShiaChatters in London, Canada, the US and Australia. I don't think any of the ones I have met are active on ShiaChat anymore.. I can't remember all of their usernames, but just a few were Sweeter than Salsabeel, Path2Felicity, Iman, Bahlool, Baatil ka Kaatil, Curious Infidel.
    Anyhow, I'm living in upstate NY and am a practicing attorney. I went from doing my graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies to a law degree, lived in London for a few years, and now I'm back in the states. And yes, Dobby is still alive, alhamdulillah! Don't know why you all are trying to kill off my masoom cat! 
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    guest050817 got a reaction from Ali Mahdi in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    It seems this thread has basically pulled in several old members who have not posted in a while. Maybe there need to be more shout-outs and tagging and an effort to bring as many back on here. 
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    guest050817 reacted to Peer in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Oh yes, tahasyed was another one I met. We went to the same school. Not sure what happened to him after that.
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    guest050817 got a reaction from sidnaq in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    This is what i feel. Going through the older threads, they just exude immaturity, with people abusing caliphs, little to no moderation going on, terrible strawman arguments thrown back and forth. It was more like bebo, or a social site, whereas today, it is more of an academic website with a social slant [chatroom, off-topic].
    Additionally, there seemed to be a greater number of self-labelled 'malangs'. I think while people may miss the nostalgia, SC has increased in quality what it may have decreased in quantity. It seemed to be rife in people who supported blood-letting rituals, cursing, to the extent i wish moderators would go through every thread and sanitize them because they still appear on search engines. 
     
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    guest050817 reacted to Ibn al-Hussain in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    guest050817 got a reaction from hayaah in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    I'm not entirely convinced forums are dead, given reddit, and other popular online forums. I think the problem we have is multifaceted, and there are many factors which users here have posted and are legitimate.
    But at the same time, i see a very simple solution we can begin to work with:
    1. Make it easier to register and post on shiachat. Remove as much red-tape as possible, while balancing user safety. I say many new users register, see the red tape, and just leave. 
    2. Advertise the forum. Many people aren't on shiachat because there has not been any concerted effort to recruit members to the forum.
    3. Be a little bit more lax about banning.
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    guest050817 got a reaction from ZhugeLiang in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    I'm not entirely convinced forums are dead, given reddit, and other popular online forums. I think the problem we have is multifaceted, and there are many factors which users here have posted and are legitimate.
    But at the same time, i see a very simple solution we can begin to work with:
    1. Make it easier to register and post on shiachat. Remove as much red-tape as possible, while balancing user safety. I say many new users register, see the red tape, and just leave. 
    2. Advertise the forum. Many people aren't on shiachat because there has not been any concerted effort to recruit members to the forum.
    3. Be a little bit more lax about banning.
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    guest050817 reacted to Don'tMakeAس in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    One thing that's confusing me is that people keep decrying the lack of "intellectual" members as compared to the early years of ShiaChat.
    Yet whenever I stumble across a thread from the early 2000's, all I see is "WUTT", "LOOOLZ", "????", ":mad:", and generally lots of caps lock, bad grammar, and short posts.
    What am I missing here?
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    guest050817 got a reaction from Don'tMakeAس in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    I'm not entirely convinced forums are dead, given reddit, and other popular online forums. I think the problem we have is multifaceted, and there are many factors which users here have posted and are legitimate.
    But at the same time, i see a very simple solution we can begin to work with:
    1. Make it easier to register and post on shiachat. Remove as much red-tape as possible, while balancing user safety. I say many new users register, see the red tape, and just leave. 
    2. Advertise the forum. Many people aren't on shiachat because there has not been any concerted effort to recruit members to the forum.
    3. Be a little bit more lax about banning.
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    guest050817 reacted to Ali_Hussain in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    What about an option where non members have the opportunity to sign in easily just to ask a question, and they can only participate in that discussion, to have full access to the site they have to make an account.
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    guest050817 reacted to Qa'im in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    We've been discussing ShiaChat's decline ever since I became a moderator in 2014, and the main reasons we came up with at the time were (1) Message forums are dying altogether - they're all dying, and people are preferring to use WhatsApp, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Tumbr, Instagram, Snapchat, Telegram, Viber, etc.; (2) Features at that time were not as user-friendly as most social media outlets, (3) Women felt unwelcome due to stalking and messages from guys, (4) Lack of new and unique conversation.
    We tackled some of these issues by upgrading the forums, fixing the search feature, introducing Facebook integration, creating a blogs feature, making more use of the SC Facebook and making an SC Twitter, bringing the PM and chatroom post requirements down, and increasing our number of female staff. These were good moves, but more needs to be done. I'd like to see us bring visiting guests/scholars, but the people we have asked were unwilling. I also think we should add an IM feature that members can activate, where members can chat 1-on-1 with other online members (like Facebook chat), but still give the option to not get instant messaged and to block users if necessary.
    There's no real way to bring SC back to its former glory. In the early days, forums were the only form of social media, there were no smart phones, and people were using MSN on their computers. I'm still active on Facebook and Skype, but most of my friends have pretty much moved on from those as well. Twitter, Instagram, and Whatsapp are just not for me.
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    guest050817 reacted to Ali_Hussain in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    That is part of the reason, however I believe that the forum died due to moderation issues, there were many, many occasion in which new members would come and ask a question only to have the thread locked and them to be told to just use the search engine. What did the mods think was going to happen? That kind of behaviour, first of all comes across as rude, and secondly doesn't allow the user to develop a taste for what this forum is supposed to be about.
    There are of course other issues, such as facebook being such a popular platform.
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    guest050817 reacted to certainclarity in Jesus' Wool Garment   
    Similarly:
    Allah to Moses in the Quran:
    "I am your Lord, so take off your shoes; you are in the holy valley Tuwa." (20:12)
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    guest050817 reacted to LinkZelda in Trees are People   
    Absolutely beautiful article! Keep up the good work!
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    guest050817 reacted to YAli in Unlimited pleasure   
    This is a great write up. May Allah bless you. 
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    guest050817 reacted to Cake in Unlimited pleasure   
    May God bless you for such a well-put, thought-provoking piece.
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    guest050817 reacted to Qa'im in Sisters-Choose The God-Fearing Man   
    Ya Amir al-Mu'mineen ...
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    guest050817 got a reaction from wmehar2 in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    The importance of what brother Q'aim has posted can not be understated. This kind of research in understanding trends and divisions sunni's may not be cognizant of. To think of sunni's as one homogenous society with only minor fiqh differences is grossly incorrect.
    The above article needs more exposure than a shia-chat blog itself.
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    guest050817 got a reaction from enigma313 in Grading Hadiths: An Introduction   
    SubhanAllah, great post. 
     
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    guest050817 got a reaction from Ali al-Abdullah in Grading Hadiths: An Introduction   
    SubhanAllah, great post. 
     
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    guest050817 got a reaction from yusur317 in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Although i would argue you could divide the madhabi sunni's as well. I have seen some viscious inter-secterian aqeedah debates among sunni's on the issue of istigatha, tawassul, the attributes of Allah azwj, and a massive ashari - salafi divide.
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    guest050817 got a reaction from yusur317 in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    The importance of what brother Q'aim has posted can not be understated. This kind of research in understanding trends and divisions sunni's may not be cognizant of. To think of sunni's as one homogenous society with only minor fiqh differences is grossly incorrect.
    The above article needs more exposure than a shia-chat blog itself.
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    guest050817 got a reaction from Sirius_Bright in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Although i would argue you could divide the madhabi sunni's as well. I have seen some viscious inter-secterian aqeedah debates among sunni's on the issue of istigatha, tawassul, the attributes of Allah azwj, and a massive ashari - salafi divide.
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