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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Pagan Web Surfing Likes/Dislike
Please don't list actual sites you like/dislike, but rather what YOU look for, if you find it, and what you liked or disliked about the Pagan sites that you visited. What would you like to see more or less of? Do you make use of 'Book of Shadows' information, such as utilizing the spells or rituals in them? Do you want more interactive areas such as chat rooms and message boards? More scholarly pieces? Less pop-up windows or advertising? What makes you go, "Hurray! I love this site!" or grumble, "I won't be coming back to this site in any century real soon!"
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| I Am Very Open Minded When I Visit Pagan Web Sites, As... ||Apr 3rd. at 9:36:56 pm EDT|
|Arian (Waldorf, Maryland US) ||Age: 26 - Email |
I am very open minded when I visit Pagan web sites, as there are many traditions and beliefs out there that I love learning about. One thing that I have found that I dislike very much is though is "Witchier than thou syndrome". When you have someone who claims that they know so much more than everyone else, it really puts me off. As the saying goes, speak softly and carry a big stick. I feel that those who go around bragging about their big stick and waving it about really do not know how to use it. Like wise with their Magick.
I feel blessed because I have found many wonderful Pagan sites on the web and have met wonderful people through them, such as The Witches Voice. Thank you for keeping such a wonderful site alive. May the Powers That Be keep you safe in their embrace.
| Merry Meet! In Thinking About This Question, I Find Myself Trying To... ||Apr 3rd. at 11:24:13 pm EDT|
|Alison (SYDNEY, New South Wales AU) ||Age: 27 |
In thinking about this question, I find myself trying to remember the "best" sights I have visited and the things about them that I appreciated. So far in my personal growth towards wisdom, I find I am more appreciative of sites that provide accurature historical information, the basics about witchcraft (incase a newbie stumbles into the site) along with more 'scholarly' essays and the like, that deeply exam issues relevant to our current environment and world that we occupy.
Being able to read a paper of substance that provokes thought and personal excavation is a far more valuable way to utilise the internet, than to provide me with a 'spell that will get me a man'!!. Internet sites that provide such material I feel publicly destroys the very core of my very personal religious choice.
I also don't appreciate sites that seem to be covered in advertising, I am there primarily to learn rather than buy, however having said that, I do appreciate at least some links to shops, and some information about where I can purchase wiccan related products.
| I Don't Like Hate Sites Of Any Kind. We Have Enough Hate... ||Apr 4th. at 2:20:42 am EDT|
|Heather (Houston, Texas US) ||Age: 22 - Email |
I don't like hate sites of any kind. We have enough hate in the world, we don't need to broadcast it. I do like sites that have information. Information that can be verified, not just any information at all. The more useful the information the better. I also like sites that stand up for the rights of all people. I certainly don't like pop-up ads. That just slows down the site as it is loading up. Hummm....I think that is it.
| I Can Identify With The Horrible Popups That Come Out Of Nowhere... ||Apr 4th. at 10:17:34 am EDT|
|Lisa the Glitter Goddess (Cincinnati, Ohio US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I can identify with the horrible popups that come out of nowhere and clog up the screen, so I thought I might offer a little suggestion that has helped me. There is a website where you can download a little gadget that will automatically detect and shut down those ads as fast as they pop up. If it misses one, you can teach it to recognize that ad in the future with one click. I stumbled across it by accident, but it has made surfing the web so much more peaceful. Hope it helpes some others out there. The webby is http://www.firase.com/
Love and Light
-Lisa the Glitter Goddess-
| I Like Sites That Challenge Me. To Think, To Be A Better... ||Apr 4th. at 12:38:58 pm EDT|
|Ken Ra (Minneapolis, Minnesota US) ||Age: 48 |
I like sites that challenge me. To think, to be a better priest, to do something real, to understand the Old Gods better. I HATE FLUFF The sites that go on and on about how wonderful it is to be pagan because it is so wonderful to be pagan that it is just well PAGAN these sites make me ill. Political correctness is also aggravating. If something is wrong, explain why without exaggeration . If you donŐt understand it and canŐt explain it GET OFF THE SOAPBOX. Ken Ra
| Things I Like:articles,especially Original Ones; Book Reviews;opinions And Experiences.the... ||Apr 4th. at 3:54:10 pm EDT|
|Ruby (manchester, England UK) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Things I like:articles, especially original ones; book reviews;opinions and experiences.the personal touch
Things that annoy me:Huge sections from Cunningham's "Wicca:A Guide.." copied out ; music that you can't turn off ;too many pictures so it takes a long time to load ;pop-ups ;chat rooms that dont work ;sections obviously cut and pasted from sites such as Witchvox claiming to be the work of the site owner; backgrounds the same colour as the text so you can't read it
| I Love Reading About Mythology. It Would Be Great To Pick One... ||Apr 4th. at 4:25:48 pm EDT|
|Terri (Ashland, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 28 - Email |
I love reading about mythology. It would be great to pick one or more gods/goddesses/other characters for every site refresh and do a whole getting-to-know-them article. I'd really like that!!
I'm a big fan of lists and bullet points. I'd like to know the "Top Ten Essential Magickal Herbs of Summertime" or "Top Five Books on Gems, Crystals & Stones" for instance. Maybe include a spell to try with it?
Pictures!! I come to your site all the time anxious to see your new picture. (The one you have up now is gorgeous, by the way!)
I get bored with sites that are heavy on the text. Maybe not bored, but my eyes start to hurt!! If I stumble across a site that has a lot of great info, I'll most likely stick around and re-visit often. But! If that site is too heavy on the text, I'm gone and chances of me returning are slim to none. (Another reason I love lists and bullet points so much: easy on the eyes)
Hope that helps you!
Love & Happiness
| Hi, I Really Appreciate The Lack Of Advertising. I Also Like Pages... ||Apr 4th. at 9:37:48 pm EDT|
|Ishtar (San Francisco, California US) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I really appreciate the lack of advertising. I also like pages that:
1. are updated regularly, daily is best--and rare!
2. sites that are inclusive for all types of 'white light' seeking pagans
3. there's a certain friendly 'tone' to the good sites, not too newsy but not too fluffy, either
4. the information it contians has been fact checked and is reliable
5. lots of info about herbs, not only the traditional roses for love stuff but articles or charts on new ways to use them in everyday life, i.e. charging your Rose Body Lotion (which I do and love--Dr. Hauschka's rocks!!!) and adding some rose quartz to the bottle :)
6. same thing with crystals, the well researched and detailed basics in addition to some interesting suggestions or unknown quirks
7. great links to other good sites
8. absence of secular politics that isn't directly related to paganism and seperation of chruch and state (i.e. nothing about abortion, no articles on supreme courts cases regarding handguns...) 'cause I read enough of that in the SF Chronicle
9. HOROSCOPES and ASTROLOGY daily lunar cycles and major aspects--this should be on the first page, like a weather forcast!
10. craft ideas, info on mandalas, other fun things to try... maybe a section where readers write in things they like to do (like my body lotion idea!) I'd love to hear what other people come up with :)
| Blessings And Love To All, It Is A Simple Thing To Say... ||Apr 4th. at 11:50:45 pm EDT|
|Riki Crosado (Christchurch, New Zealand) ||Age: 34 - Email |
Blessings and love to all, It is a simple thing to say. But a lot of site are more intrested in selling you something. Some site are amazing and full of information and good advise. It is wisdom we are trying to share. We are not trying to line someones pocket. I have no problem with people trying to make a quick buck.
I do like meeting new and intresting people aswell. It has been a great place to make new and wonderful friend.
| I Really Dislike The Use Of Foul Language,i Respect Everyones Right... ||Apr 5th. at 3:58:28 am EDT|
|Teddy Tsabetsaye (San Diego, California US) ||Age: 47 - Email |
I really dislike the use of foul language, I respect everyones right to express themselves, but I also feel that one can do so without offending others.
| I Like Sites With Good Content!(doesn't Everyone!!)sites That Are Easy... ||Apr 5th. at 8:55:00 am EDT|
|Silverheart (Wimberley, Texas US) ||Age: 39 - Email |
I like sites with good content!(doesn't everyone!!)Sites that are easy to negotiate, and that are not bogged down with heavy graphics tend to keep me there for a while. I like seeing folk's personal interpretations on the Craft, and how it has impacted their lives. i don't particularaly like the Christian bashing sites, as I'm kinda tired of feeding that monster.I used to really dislike the pop-up ads on a lot of sites, but without those free servers, there would be a lot less of us on the web.I thouroughly enjoy the sites that have photos, as its fun to see the folks, especially the big smiles. I feel a bit more connected when i gaze upon a big warm smile from a brother or sister somewhere on the planet. it reminds me, that even though I work alone, im never alone!!
Thanks to all the folks that put their love and sweat into their sites! you may not realize just how much your work is needed!!!!!
|Shea Thomas (Washington, District of Columbia US) ||Age: 33 - Email |
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