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Hang With Friends

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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith May 27. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Richard Haynes on Tuesday

Also, I should take a moment and explain "access." Right now it remains somewhat cryptic, and that is because I don't want to commit to something before it is even possible.

That being said, the idea was to offer other things to subscribers that actually cost money to produce. So, the free membership as it is now, will not change at all. In fact, the entire site will improve for all members. All will have access to podcasts, YouTube videos, and overall site improvements. But we are still a long way from that.

I will remain open to constructive ideas. Reach out to me personally, and I will gladly listen. 

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

I have to agree with Joan on this one, Felaine.  I can't stop you from going, any more than I can stop myself from missing you if you do.  If you DO decide to leave, please leave me an email addy so we can stay in touch, okay?

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

Felaine, I understand your predicament and support whatever decision you make. However! Tell us when and if you go to another site. I do not want to lose touch with you. You are an important part of my life. I especially like your whacko spelling! and whackier attitude that is right on target!

Comment by Richard Haynes on Tuesday

Grinning Cat: I do like those badge choices. If someone wants to help design them, reach out to me. I can give the specs.

sk8eycat: I understand. If you must go, I wish you well. I will respect that decision and will harbor no ill feelings toward anyone who makes the same choice.

Everyone: The fact remains that we have had the huge "DONATE NOW" button on the site for several years. As a result, less than five people contributed on a monthly basis. Now there are over 30.

Even if we lose half our members, it will be sad, but at least we will still be here for the other half.

I am proud that we are keeping basic membership free. Also, the small about of $3.00 a month, is pretty great. It's two sodas from a vending machine every 30 days. But again, no pressure to anyone. The vast majority of people have said they are proud to show that they support the site.

I have no intention on getting into a flame war with anyone. I only am responding here, because so many members of this group are dedicated members.

Thanks to you all!

Comment by Grinning Cat on Tuesday

Ruth's argument convinced me that the ongoing reminder that there are quite a few supporting members is a good thing. ("...how collective moral behavior emerges in a group.") I don't mind continuing to display a star, now.

(I'd prefer not to have tiered access to information be part of the deal.)

Another choice could be a message on each page, "Special thanks to our n supporting members -- m joined this month!"

I agree with sk8eycat's idea: a colored star (or flame or crown) with a white outline, and no disk, would look good while taking up a lot less space. Or else a disk could be semitransparent:

Comment by Pat on Tuesday

Ruth, I appreciate your concern about keeping A|N going, and I share it. I also agree with Joan about tiered access to information, and I share that, too. And, I appreciate Richard's willingness to allow the donor to make the individual decision. If removing my little icon means I go back to being one of the Bleacher Bums (Carl will get the reference), pass the beer and hot dog down.

Comment by sk8eycat on Tuesday

Hmmm....after thinking it over a while, badges, private discussion rooms, and other exclusive "goodies" are a major turn-off for me.  If that is the way AN is headed, I will definitely take my cat and go elsewhere.  Hemant Mehta's "Friendly Atheist" seems like a good choice.

Gotta think about it some more.

Comment by sk8eycat on Tuesday

Redesign the "badge" to get rid of the circle and orange BG filler.  The star (or other image) is enough, and takes up about 1/3 the space that the "Whoopie Circle" does.

I still don't have enough spare cash to cover up my cat. I RESENT that, and I don't want him hidden anyway.

If a badge is so effing important, Why not put it by the member's name where it says "Comment by...."???

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

Ruth, I did not have a fever, the outside temperature was 85 degrees F, a first as far as I know. August used to be our hot month and this year's temps for June exceed that of usual Augusts. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday

Joan, thanks for sharing how the nearby wildfires are impacting your family. I hope your fever is gone and you feel better. I didn't realize Washington was such a part of the problem. Wildfires are about twice normal now in Alaska and NW Canada.

Richard, the badges for mont hly donations are fantastic. My only suggestion is that they be maybe 25% smaller in the small profile pic associated with member activity. Notice how the badge eats a fourth of my face. I don't care about special rooms or privileges. I donate because AN is important to me, and I use it heavily just as it is.

For those of you who do not appreciate having a badge stuck to your icon, I remind you that this is science based. Research shows that for people to donate to worthy cause, most need to be seen as donors in that community. Plus visual identifiers remind people that others aren't freeloaders. This little "nudge" is perfectly justified, in my view. This sort of activity is how collective moral behavior emerges in a group. It makes us more of a community, not less. It's not dehumanizing. I want AN to survive.

 

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