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What was your first thought when you joined ShiaChat?

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When I first joined "Shiachat" - "wow I feel like people care about my opinions"

When I joined "Chatroom" - "OMG!!! I want to spend 24 hours of my day with these beautiful people."

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5 minutes ago, Qasim-Raza said:

I was like mashallah  a Shia religious website with alot of knowledgeable Shia brothers and sisters sharing their knowledge about our fiqh and answering questions about our fiqh issues with references and helping out people like me to learn more .

And what were your thoughts when reality struck you?:grin:

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As l finished reviewing the above, on Shift, dw.com a woman commented, "Now days, nobody reads anything any more. They are on social media and want pictures."  l think l have this quoted exactly.

For S.C., many Forum users obviously read hard copy and look for information.

Thank You, All

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I joined when I was a kid in 2011 but don’t remember looking at the forums or contributing or doing anything and then I came back in 2018 when I had a question about Islam lol. 

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I joined end of the last year...but I visited the website on and off as a guest

My first thought: to be honest I didn't had any serious thoughts... I just felt to be a part of this virtual community...and I'm thankful for that... there are some really great people who are really helpful and friendly:)

May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless you all

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Bimehe Ta3ala 

Assalam Alikum 

I've joined SC over 20 years ago.  

Sub7an'Allah, it was a place to meet Shias from all around the world, spend my evenings in the chatroom, and read hot and controversial topics.

Whenever a major news event happened in the world, I would jump on SC to read the comments.

SC used to have a media library and the original members were caring, light hearted and friendly.

One particular admin included resistance nasheed in the library.  I won't reveal his/her identity, he/she is married with children now and I don't want any harm to happen to them.

A decade later, some Shias don't share there politics openly because of fear, suppression, and self censorship in the public sphere and online.

This is not to criticize, but to explain the reality of what has changed over time. 

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN ALLAH 

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10 minutes ago, Laayla said:

A decade later, some Shias don't share there politics openly because of fear, suppression, and self censorship in the public sphere and online.

The internet is different now. It's much more regulated, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. So of course shiachat is more regulated and more restrained. It used to be wild here, wild and frustrating and beautiful. 

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Can you give examples of how it is regulated and restrained?

If the truth is on the side of what is to be restrained, is that appropriate or is that covering up the truth?

Why do people allow governments and big tech to control our platform?This is ShiaChat, not fassadbook, instaHaram, twitterdumb.

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3 hours ago, Laayla said:

Can you give examples of how it is regulated and restrained?

If the truth is on the side of what is to be restrained, is that appropriate or is that covering up the truth?

Why do people allow governments and big tech to control our platform?This is ShiaChat, not fassadbook, instaHaram, twitterdumb.

I can't give examples. 

Shiachat will be shut down if it doesn't follow the laws of the place where it is hosted. 

But more than legislation, people on the internet are different now from how they were 10 or 15 years ago. 

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On 2/20/2021 at 7:07 PM, notme said:

I can't give examples. 

Shiachat will be shut down if it doesn't follow the laws of the place where it is hosted. 

But more than legislation, people on the internet are different now from how they were 10 or 15 years ago. 

 

On 2/20/2021 at 5:42 PM, Laayla said:

A decade later, some Shias don't share there politics openly because of fear, suppression, and self censorship in the public sphere and online.

These are "self-censor" impulses as l posted early on in the thread "Snowden Revelations ll -your brain".

l do the same because of keyword/keyphrase surveillance programs. Doing this saves on hassles because you have bureaucrats who do not know or understand what is being discussed -or have their own agendas.

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As a lurker I used to be very grateful for this site. My devil must have wailed in agony when I found this site because my faith was much more secure now that I could turn to a group of people with any questions I had. Before, an anti-muslim would say something stupid like "there is X contradiction in the Quran" and it would actually bother me and inspire doubt in my heart. Then Allah guided me to this site and now my faith is much safer from the devil l.a. l.a on the devil and l.a on the enemies of Allah who wish to turn people away from God.

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