New eAdventist arriving Sept 22

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eAdventist will be unavailable on Sunday, September 22, beginning at 6:00 pm (Pacific time) while we update it.

If you are using Internet Explorer 7 or 8, you will want to update to IE 9 or 10. Not only do IE 9 and 10 have much better support for web standards, they are also more secure, faster and easier to use. You will be glad that you update.

TIP – Tags for disbanded churches

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Here is a great idea for using “tags” that comes from Carol Sirpless, clerk for Iowa-Missourri Conference. We asked if we could share it with you.

Because we found it to be a pain to keep switching the disbanded churches from inactive to active in order to be able to process a transfer and then remember to switch it back to inactive, and since technically, those members are members of the conference church anyway and their transfers need to be voted by the conf committee, once TAGS became available, we transferred all those people into the conference church records and created a tag for each disbanded org.  So for example we have tags:

Closed-Audubon (IA) Iowa-Missouri Conference 03/01/2012 IA-MO Conference Clerk edit delete
Closed-Cherokee (IA) Iowa-Missouri Conference 02/19/2012 IA-MO Conference Clerk edit delete
Closed-Lake City (IA) Iowa-Missouri Conference 02/19/2012 IA-MO Conference Clerk edit delete

We can now look up in each person’s record to see if there is a tag showing where they were prior to being moved to the conf church and we can search for all the names as a group for any specific disbanded church.

It makes the stats correct with regard to membership count within the conf church (since the members are no longer dispersed among disbanded churches).  The Statistical Recap doesn’t list all those disbanded churches either, cleaning up that report.

When we did this in 2012, I wondered if anything would come up later (hindsight being 20/20) that would make me regret moving these folks’ records from the disbanded churches to the conf church and if tags would be adequate, but in the year since, it has been ALL GOOD.  I highly recommend it for all conferences.

Browser stats

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There are 7,400 active eAdventist accounts, and almost exactly half of them have been busy on eAdventist in the past month. We found some interesting trends when we looked at the browsers and platforms that they are currently using.

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Although IE is still the top browser, the other browsers are gaining on it — particularly Chrome (our personal favorite).

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We were particularly pleased to see that most IE users have upgraded to IE 9 or IE 10.

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Not surprisingly, 4 out of 5 people are still using Windows but iPad/iPhone/Android is growing.

Sneak Preview

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The design team at Stimme der Hoffnung (“Voice of Hope”) in Germany is gaining a reputation for their creative work. Not too surprising, since “German engineering” is practically synonymous with great design. We asked them to help us create a fresh, new look for eAdventist. They delivered and the new design will be ready for you to test drive in just a few more days.

But that seems like so long to wait so we decided to give you a sneak peek. Enjoy!

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