Are there any Catholic Answers Forums alternatives?

Nothing’s perfect. I’m sure there’s other Catholic forums online, you could try reddit. Everywhere there are imperfect human beings though, so… :man_shrugging:

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How does not deleting your data make anyone money?


The content of posts are searchable on search engines. If the content of someone’s data matches an SEO search, it drives traffic to the website. People on the website are funneled to either watch ads (making CAF money) or become a patron (making CAF money). That’s how posts (data) make money for CAF, it is a business.

You think your old posts were that interesting or unique, that they’re driving an appreciable amount of traffic to the website?


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I do, I had a very high number of posts back in the day.

Ultimately, it comes down to content rule #10 - “do not post anything on this website that you do not want to remain online permanently”.


How do make your profile hidden?

You are complaining about payed membership but do you know that isn’t free even without paying?
Mods give their time to make this work. You can get ad free experience if you pay.

As you can see it is possible to be a member without paying so I don’t see problem in either of two options.

You also complain that CAF collects your data and won’t delete it but that’s not completely correct. You can delete your posts. Everything on internet collects your data. Every time you enter internet your data is collected.

Good rule, common sense. But if for some reason you want to delete all that content you wanted to remain online permanently, CAF provides no option for that because it makes money for them.

It is, oh dear, I lost my old account. Well, kinda,

I think you’re flattering yourself. In any case, you posted it on CAFs forum. If you wanted to maintain exclusive control over your posts, you should’ve posted it on your own private blog or whatever.

So what if somehow CAF makes a bit of money. Do you begrudge them that? I don’t know why the ads are problematic either. Scroll past them and don’t read them. Easy.

I really don’t think it is all about money. If there is a specific thing you posted that you’re concerned others will stumble on, I’m sure you can PM the mods and discuss that. But ultimately what drives these forums is conversation, and if everyone wants to withdraw what they said, it begins to look like swiss cheese.

I don’t think you should worry about it too much @RCIAGraduateAlt2 :slight_smile: but maybe PM the mods just to let them know which account you’re using now. CAF has that rule primarily because unfortunately some users will get banned and then try to come back to cause more trouble. If you lost your login details (or couldn’t get back in to your account, like some folk couldn’t when the forum switched over to discourse), I can’t imagine the mods would have a problem with it.

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The issue is not the money making. The issue is when that becomes a priority over respecting one’s requests and data they don’t want on the internet for whatever reason.

Maybe I am, but can’t I state a fact that the number was high? I think it was 2000 posts, you judge whether that’s flattering or what, it doesn’t really matter. It isn’t about my old account, it is about anyone who wants to remove their data, and some people are not happy with that. In principle I don’t think it’s right that they refuse fellow Catholics on no other grounds than it helps their business model. That is the point.

Have you messaged the mods and asked them to delete your posts? What did they say? I think they will delete a post/thread on a individual basis if it is of a sensitive nature or something, but yeah they probably won’t delete everything. Try speaking to them anyway.

Because it’s posted by other users who can decide wether they want delete their own reply?

CAF has billions of threads with questions and informations which could be helpful to other users. Deleting part of thread could be messy for reader.
Why delete? Why not be careful what we post on internet so we don’t have to worry about delete.

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I’ve looked for other forums and found nothing better. I mostly lurk here for the news from time to time, but I used to post (came back to help a fellow Catholic in need :slight_smile: ) . . . .


Sorry, but this seems odd to me. The new format has been in place for some time now, and this just became a concern for Dyou? Seems like there’s something here that we’re missing.


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