I used to be a Catholic Answers member back before the discourse platform they implemented, and back then it had a different group of users and moderators. I was looking for other forums on a search, and found what seemed like consensus saying the CA forums have been going the wrong way for some time. Do you have that experience too and do you visit other Catholic forums?
It seems CA forums are more aggressively money / revenue oriented than before with the ad blocker / patron requirement and that is concerning. I have heard criticisms from a number of people about the forum and how the moderators treat members data and information (high traffic posts). Like the saying goes, if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. Posts that rank well on search engines are big traffic and revenue streams and I’ve talked to people who say the forum won’t delete people’s data or posts ever. Speaking directly to one of the moderators, I learned this is indeed the policy of CA forums. I don’t think it’s charitable to refuse to delete someone’s data from the forums if they request it, especially to fellow Catholics. Now it seems they don’t even let you post links, it seems like its going the way of big and secular tech, censorship, more control, less freedom.
These and other issues with CA forums over the years makes me wonder if there is anything better and more in line with faithful Catholicism, and that respects its members’ data and judgement more?