What’s been most valuable on HP?

Thing on Thursday #12

Well, this is the final Thing on Thursday, which means that just around the corner is the Solstice (Dec. 21st), and with it the beginning of our Winterviews event!

With this last poll, I’d like to get feedback on the services provided by our website.  What has been most valuable for you?

If there’s something missing from the choices, or if there’s some other service you’d like to see, please add it in the “other” box and explain in the comments.  Thanks!

Please choose your top three.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Thing on Thursday

Althing in Session, by W.G. CollingwoodThis post is part of a series of councils on matters vital to the future.  The name represents both the generic term for, you know, a thingie, as well as the Old Norse term for a council of elders: a Thing.

Each week until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday will explore a new controversy.  Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better.  Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word.  We value all constructive opinions.

There are only a few rules:

  • be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
  • be respectful – no rants or flames

Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.  This will also greatly shape the vision that unfolds in our upcoming ebook Our Ancient Future: Visions of Humanistic Paganism.

So please make your voice heard in the comments!

6 Comments on “What’s been most valuable on HP?

  1. The most valuable thing for me has most definitely been reading the discussions. I have learned so much and have had loads of insights. On top of that, I’m now developing a long list of reading material due to all the name dropping of relevant books/authors. I should seriously start taking notes before I forget some of them.

    I may not always jump into the conversation, but I look forward to visiting every week and usually swing by several times to see what’s going on.

    So… that also means that I find the many folks who regularly partake in discussions as very valuable! It’s been a treat reading the discussions between Rua, Jonathan Blake, John Halstead and others (can’t think of everyone right now, but you know who you are 😉 ).

    Anyway, yeah — the discussions.

  2. Right (to the mention of discussions). It is pretty difficult to chose, and after reading Ryan’s comment, I am reconsidering my choices. I also would of typed in the Other, “Book Recommendations” as I’ve purchased a few books because of the discussions.

    I find a lot of value with how things are approached here; it is open to change if found necessary, and open to exploring other things that some groups refuse to just because it is outside their purview, often involving ethnic ties i.e. celtic or norse, or a particular tradition i.e. wicca, asatru etc.

    Thanks for the mention Ryan 🙂 Glad that my rambunctiousness has some value ^_^

    Hope you all have a great Winter Solstice! (Or ‘Nox’ in my case 🙂

    • “I find a lot of value with how things are approached here; it is open to change if found necessary, and open to exploring other things that some groups refuse to just because it is outside their purview (…)”.

      I strongly agree. The openmindedness of this place is of great value and when discussions tend to narrow (correct expression?) the moderator raises his voice in a respectful and wise manner,

  3. I like the discussions and the opinion pieces/articles, including the challenge ones. All stimulate thoughtful, insightful and intelligent debate. I love the differing perspectives here and the open-mindedness, and I especially appreciate the absence of snark and how respectful people are of those who disagree. There aren’t enough places on the internet where these things, especially the latter, occur. So keep up the excellent work.

  4. Several people have mentioned the challenge pieces so far as being particularly helpful. I found that to be true too. In fact, I recently went through and coded many of the criticisms offered in the pieces and the comments, and they boiled down to 4 key questions we need to address in the future:

    1. What do we mean? (i.e. what are we really talking about)
    2. Why do it? (i.e. what is the value of [all the stuff we do and talk about at HP])
    3. Why not do otherwise? (i.e. can you get the same value some other way? If so, why do it this way, and if not, what is uniquely gained by doing it this way?)
    4. Is it responsible? (i.e. is there a danger in doing it this way?)

    I then compiled all the articles we’ve published to date and arranged them according to how they address these questions. All the questions have at least partial responses from many articles, except for #3. I couldn’t find any that commented in any direct way on that question. I wonder if it is a question we really need to address. If so, that should be a major goal in the future.

    The new ebook Year One, due out this Wednesday, will have a table of contents arranging articles according to these critical questions. (one of several table of contents arranging them in a fresh light, actually!)

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