By Kent Larsen
Internet: Discussion Lists and Forums
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- With popular services like Yahoo!groups making
discussion lists easy to set up and run, the number of forums for LDS
Church members to talk with one another is rising dramatically. This
week we list a number of the lists and discussion forums that have
appeared recently, or that have come to our notice. Significantly,
all but three of the 10 are on Yahoo!groups, and, more significantly,
a few of them are not in English.
The most surprising of those lists is the CommunidadSUD list, a
Spanish-language list that counts more than 3,000 members, but a
relatively low volume of messages. The list's general-purpose
conversation runs the gamut, from inspirational messages to simple
queries, to the bane of discussion lists -- messages about how to get
on or off the list.
Newly Listed Mormon Websites:
Yahoo-groups email/web discussion list for the geography of the Book
of Mormon. List does not discuss the historicity of the Book of
Mormon, instead assuming that it is a historical record. List
discusses various theories for where Book of Mormon events occurred.
Yahoo!Groups discussion list for those that find cleaning difficult.
Seeks to discover ways to make cleaning easier. List maintains LDS
Discussion list for LDS Church members to discuss cooking and how to
make cooking easier. Meant for those who have a hard time with
cooking. List maintains LDS standards.
Large general interest Spanish-language discussion list for LDS
Church members. Includes several thousand members who get occasional
inspiring, friendly and fun messages.
Relatively old list for LDS Church members who have Attention Deficit
Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. List members
discuss their struggles and share ideas for how to live with the
LDS Friend Discussion Board
Russian-language general interest message-board for LDS Church
members. Includes three forums frequented by church members in Russia.
LDS-oriented list for sharing recipes that kids can make themselves
with little or no help.
Support discussion list for LDS women suffering from Polycystic
Suite 101: LDS Women
Site for LDS women using about.com-like Suite101.com. Includes
links to Internet sites on LDS women and general LDS sites,
articles about women's issues and discussion boards. While not as heavily
promoted as about.com, suite101.com is nicer, not as heavily coded and its
subjects are better organized.
Zion's Lighthouse Message Board
Message-board style discussion site meant for "Academians,
Apologists, and Skeptics." Includes discussions of LDS Doctrine,
History, Culture and even comparative religion. Like many public
message boards, Zion's Lighthouse is frequented by a wide range of
viewpoints, including many anti-Mormons. However, this board does
have a lot of traffic, thousands of messages each month.