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Adminnemooseus
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Message 1 of 6 (625843)
07-26-2011 12:16 AM


The creationism vs. evolution debate generally comes down to the young Earth creationist (YEC) vs. the mainstream evolution positions.
Now, the evolution side position is pretty unified - We (and I am of the evolution side) all see the big picture pretty much the same way. We do, however, sometimes have some non-mainstream evolutionists (ex: Peter Borger, John Davison) - Perhaps they are some sort of vocal theistic evolutionists and/or IDists.
Now, when a new creationist shows up, the evolution side essentially must assume s/he is a mainstream YEC until other information presents itself. That information may eventually come out, but it's doomed to get lost in a "I saw it in a message somewhere, but I can't recall the details, and I now can't find that message" situation.
So, I'm proposing that members can have some sort of position statement in their profile, that can be consulted by anyone who is interested. For example, you could click on Buzsaw's profile button and see that Buz is an "old Earth is OK, but animal life is young" variety of creationist, with perhaps some additional details.
Perhaps this should have a link separate from the full member profile. Down at the bottom of the individual messages, between the "Profile" and "Mail" buttons, there would be a "Position Statement" button.
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Added by edit:
I've had this idea before, but the current inspiration can be found at the "Kent Hovind" topic, here and up-thread (and maybe elsewhere, but I've lost track of where).
Edited by Adminnemooseus, : See above.

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Message 2 of 6 (625847)
07-26-2011 1:13 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Adminnemooseus
07-26-2011 12:16 AM


I'm not sure what the point would be. As long as people are arguing in good faith, their posts should let interested parties know where they stand on things.

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Message 3 of 6 (625876)
07-26-2011 6:34 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Adminnemooseus
07-26-2011 12:16 AM


I've seen this feature at other boards, but only as a list of positions where members check one. Something along these lines is on the todo list. The way I would do this would be to have a list of canned positions with an "Other" at the bottom where one could describe their position in as much detail as they like.
The predefined positions would be settable through the control panel.

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Message 4 of 6 (625891)
07-26-2011 9:51 AM
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07-26-2011 12:16 AM


So, I'm proposing that members can have some sort of position statement in their profile, that can be consulted by anyone who is interested. For example, you could click on Buzsaw's profile button and see that Buz is an "old Earth is OK, but animal life is young" variety of creationist, with perhaps some additional details.
For what?
Argue the position, not the person.


ABE:
There's already a "Biography" section in the member profile that could be used to state one's position that could be utilized more for something like this.
Edited by Catholic Scientist, : No reason given.

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Message 5 of 6 (625897)
07-26-2011 10:44 AM
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07-26-2011 12:16 AM


Position statement
Members should have some sort of position statement in profile?
I am firmly positioned in a chair, sitting in front of my desktop computer
I'm inclined to agree with some of the others. I don't see a value in the suggestion. People have complex positions, and it can be a mistake to try to compartmentalize them.

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Message 6 of 6 (625907)
07-26-2011 11:56 AM
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07-26-2011 6:34 AM


The best way to impliment this is to have people answer very specific questions. The last thing we need is some post modernist mumbo jumbo, something that many creos are more than capable of writing.

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