Level 5 Member
Monday, July 15, 2013, 8:09 PM
Hello, everyone! You are invited to visit Science News & Issues, Beliefnet's new forum for discussion of science news, issues, and developments.
All are welcome, from the hardest of hard scientists to the nicest of neophytes
Stop by to introduce yourself, start a discussion, or join in a discussion. And remember ... there are no dumb questions on Science News & Issues, only interested inquirers and devoted discussers
See you there!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 2:15 PM
Heads-up that members can now all change the faith affiliation appearing at the tops of your profiles.
Here's how you do it:
1) Click on My Profile (next to your avatar) at the upper right hand area of any page on Beliefnet. Doing so will get you to your profile.
2) Once at your profile, click on Profile in the blue column on the left side of the page. Doing so will open up a drop-down box with a number of selections.
3) From that drop-down box, click on Edit Profile. Doing so will bring you to a page entitled Edit Profile | Your Basics.
4) On that page, scroll down to about the middle of the page where you'll find a section entitled "My Faith." In that section, click on the circle next to your choice.
5) Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the orange Save Changes button to complete the process. You will probably be taken to a page or receive a message at the top of the page you're on saying that you've updated your account successfully (or words to that effect).
And you're done!
If you encounter any problems along the way, please feel free to email Beliefnet_community with any questions.
Monday, August 13, 2012, 1:55 PM
Beliefnet Member Ken recently sustained a massive stroke. We in the Community hold him in our thoughts and hearts. We send our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.
Ken is a longtime Beliefnet member and vibrant contributor to a number of forums, especially the Discuss Atheism forum. Ken, you are sorely missed.
Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12:50 PM
Scott Scarborough, a former Beliefnet Community Moderator, has been missing for a week - apparently after hitting his head.
His family has created a FaceBook page with information about Scott and contact information for anyone who may have information as to Scott's whereabouts: www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Find-Scott-S...
Please visit the page to see whether you have any information to provide.
Scott and his family remain in the Community's thoughts and prayers.
Friday, July 22, 2011, 2:17 PM
Our hearts are heavy as we remember with love AgnosticSpirit, who died Wednesday morning.
She was a vital, vibrant member and host of the Community who touched the hearts and minds of all of us who found her walking life's journey with us at Beliefnet.
She joined Beliefnet in 2008 and gave greatly of herself to the Community. She blogged thoughtfully and with great sensitivity. She was much loved and widely respected by the members, which led the Community to vote her one of the top finalists for 2009 Beliefnet Member of the Year.
She was instrumental in setting up the Agnosticism forum, and she was its founding host. She was also a founding host of the Hot Topics Zone. Additionally, she hosted the Addictions & Recovery, Discuss Atheism, Discuss Islam, and US News & Politics forums. And she led the Beliefnet Knowledgebase group, as well as the Help Without Borders, Bnet Book Club, and Bnetters Against Activity Feed! groups.
As a testament to her gifts to the Community, a number of threads in memory and celebration of her life have been started throughout the Community. You can find them on the Hot Topics Zone, Discuss Atheism, Discuss Islam, Agnosticism, US News & Politics, Addictions & Recovery, and the Beliefnet Knowledgebase. Please post your memories of her to one of these threads, if you feel so inclined.
Our hearts go out to her family and friends.
She will be greatly missed and we mourn her passing. Yet her spirit and her gifts remain with us in the Community.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 11:00 PM
Hooray! The Location field in the About Me section of our profiles has been fixed so that we can now update that field. Here's how:
1. In the blue area on the left side of your profile page, click on Profile.
2. In the drop-down menu that opens up, click Edit Profile.
3. In the screen that opens up, there should now be a Location field appearing to the right of the field containing your birthday. If you don’t see a Location field, refresh the page and the field will appear.
4. Type in whatever location you want.
5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.
When you go back to your profile page, the new location should be displayed on the Location line in the About Me section of your profile.
Merope, Stardove & Rangerken
Thursday, July 16, 2009, 5:12 PM
If you received an inbox message from a young woman looking for love, be very cautious. She might be trying to trick you into helping with an internet scam.
This is a version of the infamous "Nigerian 419" scam. Most of us have received an email offering a huge sum of money in exchange for helping transfer funds from a foreign bank. And most of us realize right away that it's a scam, and simply delete it. But as we grow more wary, the scammers behind the emails (who really are from Lagos, Nigeria) grow more creative. Most Americans now realize that wiring money out of the country is potentially dangerous. So the scammers now try to recruit unsuspecting Americans as go-betweens.
Lonely people, susceptible to such advances, may respond to these messages. The scammer appears to fall in love with them. As a "relationship" seems to develop, they believe they have found love online. The scammer then convinces this American mark to deposit a check sent to them, and transfer it to them in another country. They might be told that the money is for emergency funds for disaster relief, medical expenses, or some other dire need. However, the money comes from another scam victim, who thinks they are safely sending it to an American bank account. Little do they know that the recipient will simply transfer the funds directly to the scammer.
According to this article on Wikipedia, faith-related social networks like Beliefnet are prime targets because the scammers assume users are more complacent (harumph!), and users may be duped by a scammer's pretext of faith. Let's show them that Beliefnet members are smarter, and will not fall for their tricks!
Here are some ways to protect yourself:
--Make financial donations for disasters and emergencies ONLY through registered 501-c-3 charities found at www.guidestar.org.
--Before you get too deeply involved with someone online, get their real name, street address and phone number, and check them out.
--If your online romantic interest asks for money for ANY reason, be suspicious.
--Do not cash checks or money orders sent to you by people you only know from the internet.
--Never transfer money to someone you only know from the internet, especially in another country.
Monday, July 6, 2009, 6:34 PM
Dear Beliefnet members,
You probably noticed something new on your Beliefnet profile. Activity points are here!
Earn Activity Points for doing the things you do every day in Beliefnet Community. Post in your Journal, post on the Forums, join Groups, upload Photos, and more.
As you earn Activity Points, you will notice that you rise in rank. If you want to rise higher, it's easy to earn more points; just keep posting!
The more you post, not only will you have more fun in the community, but you might even find yourself on the Leaderboard, or the Wall of Fame. And watch for special contests where you can earn bonus Activity Points.
Here is the list, showing how many points you can earn:
10......Vote on a Poll
10......Post Comment on a Profile
10......Post on a Forum
10......Update your Status
25......Update Your Profile
25......Join a Group
25......Upload a Video
25......Send Content to a Friend
50......Start a Forum Thread
100......Upload a Photo
100......Send a Network Invite
100......Add a Journal Post
250......Refer a New Member
(if one of your posts is removed for violating the Rules of Conduct, that is -500 points... so let's not let that happen, okay? ;-)
Here's how many points you need to earn each rank:
0 points: Level 1
100 points: Level 2
1,000 points: Level 3
5,000 points: Level 4
15,000 points: Level 5
50,000 points: Level 6
100,000 points: Level 7
250,000 points: Level 8
500,000 points: Level 9
1,000,000 points: Level 10
That's all there is to it. If you have any questions you can post them here. Now, have fun racking up the points!
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 2:10 PM
Beliefnet members have long enjoyed keeping track of how many posts they have made to the Forums. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment as you watch the number grow and grow over time. You can see how much you have contributed to the community.
In a few days, we will be unveiling a new program that will let you measure even more of your accomplishments on Beliefnet Community. Our new points system will give you credit, not only for your Forums posts, but also for creating Journal posts, uploading Photos and Videos, and commenting. You can even earn points for updating your Profile, voting on a Poll, even just for joining a Group! And there are big point rewards for telling your friends about Beliefnet Community.
You will earn ranks as your points increase. We will spotlight the most active contributors on the new Wall of Fame page. Take on your friends in challenges and contests, and watch your point balance grow.
I will post again when we officially launch the program. :-)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 6:44 PM