Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Missions ConneXion

I know a lot of you who read my blog also read Wade Burleson's Grace and Truth to You, as well as Marty Duren's SBC Outpost. Both of them have recently mentioned the new Missions ConneXion site, and I wanted to join in as well expressing my support of this initiative on the part of John Stickley and his pastor, former IMB missionary Micah Fries. Their idea is to provide a forum for all those interested in missions, especially those on the field, to share their ideas, testimonies, and prayer requests, as well as voice their concerns about issues that affect them. The site is very well laid out, and looks easy to use. John writes that on the first day they had over 1,500 page views from visitors in at least 20 countries. So, I encourage you to check it out. In the midst of all the controversy, it looks like God is up to some very good things...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

David,

As a 10-40 window worker, I am concerned with the registration required for "Missions Connexion" Some of us do not want to give that much information to people we do not know. Any idea how secure it actually is?

David Rogers said...

Anonymous,

I will be happy to forward your message on, and see what they say. I'll let you know whatever I find out.

David Rogers said...

Anonymous,

I just received the following reply from John at Missions ConneXion. Hope it helps...


Hello David Rogers,

The following is an email sent to you by john via your account on Missions ConneXion. If this message is spam, contains abusive or other comments you find offensive please contact the webmaster of the board at the following address:

admin@missionconnexion.com

Include this full email (particularly the headers). Please note that the reply address to this email has been set to that of john.

Message sent to you follows
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

David,

This is a sample e-mail sent through the missionsconneXion.com website. You shouldn't be able to see my e-mail address in the e-mail you receive, and I never see your e-mail address while composing this (or anywhere else on the site, at least not without administrator privileges).

Hope this helps to address the security concerns issue!

God bless,
John

John Stickley said...

David,

I addressed the security issue a bit further on the site (here's the link). The e-mail you received was a sample of how the site provides the ability for users to contact each other via e-mail, yet shield each other from seeing each other's addresses.

God bless!
John

David Rogers said...

John has posted the following update on the Missions ConneXion site...

So the e-mail you received had my reply-to address? The forum software documentation gives the impression that would not be the case.

I guess that this just means that no one can obtain another user's e-mail address by simply browsing the forums, but that they could obtain the address of another user should that user e-mail them. Not a security hole, I guess, but one working of the software package that missionaries concerned about privacy should remember. Sounds like private messages (another forum feature) are a better way to correspond with others to ensure privacy.

Let me restate that for clarity: if you use the forum software to e-mail someone, that person WILL see your reply-to address (the address specified upon registration). No one (except for administrators, of course) can obtain your e-mail address unless you e-mail provide it to them, either via direct contact or by e-mailing them through this site.

Sorry for the confusion!

John Stickley said...

Hello again everyone.

First, you have my apologies for the confusion over the e-mail feature in our forum software! I certainly don't want it to appear as if we don't know what we're doing with the site, but truth be told, there are almost always idiosyncrasies with software that pop up from time to time. The e-mail feature just happened to be the one which snuck up on us. I don't believe there to be others, as Micah and I have taken a close look at things in response to this oversight.

All that being said, I'm 99.9% certain that the software is secure (one can never be 100%, as it is internet accessible and hackers are VERY creative). I assure you that those of you in the 10-40 window who want to participate on the site will have your information protected to the best of our abilities... the last thing that Micah and I want is for anyone to be placed in harm's way because of our site! As I've described on the site, there are only a couple identifying clues that your visits leave on the site, and these are not available to the general public. In fact, these details are only fully available to admins, with partial data available to moderators. All individuals who have access to this information have been (and will be) selected with the utmost of caution!

As for what you share... you'll obviously want to be careful. We can't help to control that aside from censoring posts (which can and certainly will be done if we believe information has been shared that crosses the line of safe sharing). Primary responsibility falls to the user on that, though.

Anyway, we're certainly open to ways to make the site better. If any of you have suggestions as to how to make it more secure, by all means... let us know!

God bless!