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    Prayer request script

    I am looking for a pryaer request script. Any suggestions.

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    Write one

    Yeah, ok, so I couldn't write one either

    But in all seriousness, I can't imagine this is a complicated thing to accomplish, though I suppose it wouldn't hurt to scope it.

    What does an online prayer request need to do, precisely?
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    I will probably end up with cusotm made script. Most I seen are a type od shout box/guestbook. What I had in mind was more of a mailing list type of script.

    Volunteers sign up for the prayer chain and made part of the send out list.
    A person needing a prayer they submit a prayer.
    The request is held for a admin to approve the request.
    (We do not want any spam or nasty emails sent to a list of church members)
    Once approved the request is sent out to the mail list.
    Posting in guestbook or shoutbox style at this point might be good idea.

    Hmm.. I thought by now a premade solution would be available.

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    That sounds very easy, actually. Store a few values in a database (name, request), an admin is notified by email when a new request comes in, logs in and either accepts or denies the request.

    Upon accepting, the request is publicly displayed on a page newest request first, and an email is sent out to anyone who is subscribed to the prayer request application. The page has a spot for people to subscribe or remove their email from the database. Everything is automated, and because no messages are sent without admin approval, injection won't be an issue (or at least it will be mitigated).

    I can't see this taking terribly long to put together. Would you like some recommendations on programmers who can do this? PHP, ASP, ColdFusion or another language?
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    That's the idea Paul. If I cannot find a script premade or easily modified I will look fro a coder. I need to go look at some of the guestbook scripts. There might be one close.

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    I've written a few newsletter scripts before, and doing something like this doesn't take too much work at all.

    The only thing I would be concerned about is over-emailling. I don't know the frequency of additions, but I don't think many people would want three or four emails a week.

    You could probably store the date of the request was submitted and do a weekly thing, or find a guestbook that lets you approve entries.

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    Having the emails send directly though maybe needed. Our church now has a voice prayer chain. If you have a prayer request you contact the leader. That person contacts the rest of the chain. Sometimes prayer is need now, not later. Maybe have delivery date as an option?

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    Yeah, you could have two options--one for each add, or for every three adds.

    Or, if you have a publicly displayed list, you could have the newsletter be an option if you want constant updates, otherwise you can just check the site as needed.

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    Odd Fact, I've also been looking for something similar for my church's website. They too have a prayer chain via phone but there have been many requests for email.

    The first thing that came to mind for me was a moderated mailing list like you said. They didn't like the idea of a guestbook or shoutbox because it would be too public. The only concern with the moderated email list is that requests won't get out to everyone quick enough

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    Make one of the options Public Prayer or Private Prayer, and let the requestor choose which one. Public gets posted publicly, private gets a quick "please make a small prayer of good will for [First name] [Last initial]." You get the idea.

    If the system automatically sends an email to a church admin, he or she should get it and approve it within a day's time, no? Have a mailbox set up just for requests, and give a hadful of people access. Anyone who receives a request can OK it. It's not too difficult to pull this off.
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    I found this one that uses a rss feed. I will download and look at it. Altough I think the ideas in this thread will work better.

    The public or private option is good. Getting the prayers approved should not take too long. Some off hours (overnight or Sundays) may take longer. I think that an 8-10 hour window at the most is workable.

    So I am not as happy with some scripts due to messy output. This may turn into a good project.

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    I found this one http://www.agprayer.com/. This looks like a another guestbox.

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    It sounds like a moderated Yahoo egroup would work for that. Restrict the membership to people in your group and have all posts (prayer requests) approved before they go out to the list. You could have the approved requests appear in the egroup to members only or not appear at all. Members would have the option to receive individual posts or daily digests or to just view the posts in the egroup.

    Advantages

    - It's free.
    - It's easy to use.
    - You can set it up in a few minutes.
    - It has lots of options.

    Disadvantages

    - Ads appear at the end of every post.
    - Some people don't want to sign up for Yahoo egroups.

    Other mailing lists may work just as well, including mailing list scripts.

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    I started off thinking of a mailing list. But then wanted to add some of the other features and automate the process. I could setup a mail list for volunteers to join the prayer chain. On the same page could be a form that emails a request to the person in charge. If approved the could send out a mailing.

    I will look a little longer and then try having one coded.

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    Are you looking for someone to custom code this? as a donation/in-kind donation?

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