A person could click on the discussions of items related to Orthodox parenting, thinking that they might find an OO specific topic but they'd won't.
Do you really believe OO's parent their children differently from EO's?
And I think almost everyone assumes that when they read "Orthodox-Other Christian Discussion", that the 'Orthodox' means Eastern Orthodox (at least that would be reasonable judging from the thread titles.)
I know I and other OO's have participated there. Most recently I have dealt with Mr. Young about the issue of sheep stealing. Yes, OO's have interaction with "other Christians" also.
Then there's the "Convert Issues- Discussion of issues revolving around conversion to the Orthodox Christian faith" and "Faith Issues- Discussion of issues and inquiries related to the Orthodox Christian faith". Again, it's too easy to assume that we're discussing Eastern Orthodox Christian faith because almost all of the topic threads deal with Eastern Orthodox convert questions and neither one specify which 'Orthodox' faith is the focus.
OO's participate there also.
Now when you compare these headings with the "Oriental Orthodox Discussion- A non-polemical discussion of specifically Oriental Orthodox topics", it further adds to the confusion because it's easy to assume, "Since they've specifically designated this section for the OO's, all the other 'Orthodox' headings must be for EO's."
Since I wasn't here when OCnet was originally founded, I can't tell you why the OO and two Eastern Catholics who founded it decided to put in an OO forum. I just always assumed it was because there are so many questions that come up about OO's, that it would be convenient to have it. As you can see from looking at the stats board, the OO section gets a lot of people looking at it.
I don't know why there aren't further subdivisions. Maybe there should be a Modernist forum, where Modernist EO's can discuss how gays should be married, or how women should commune during their periods with their heads uncovered. Maybe there should be a Traditionalist forum where ecumenism and the calendar issues can be discussed. You may want to pm Fr. Chris and make these suggestions.
I also think it would be very helpful if the site stated upfront (or anywhere really) that this site is not and Eastern Orthodox site.
Is there any place where it states that it is specifically an EO site?
That this is not an EO site is easy to discern. If it were an EO site, OO's wouldn't be participating. That is not because OO's don't want to participate in EO sites; OO's have attempted to participate in at least a couple of EO sites that I know of on the internet. The reason why OO's don't participate in EO sites is because EO sites inevitably put such restrictions on how and where OO's can post, that the OO's end up leaving. This happened at both Monachos and the E-Cafe.
Why EO sites feel the need to restrict OO speech is something that has never been adequately explained to me. As I stated in an earlier post, I suspect it may be that the owners of those sites are threatened by what we have to say. Another explanation could be the "Empire mentality": "Those who don't conform to our councils must be humiliated and subjugated." Yet another explanation could be that the owners of those sites feel that if they treat the OO's like inferiors, we will convert to the EO Church.
At the risk of being petty, I will point out that no OO sites I am aware of restrict EO members the way OO's are restricted on EO sites.
In any event, if OCnet were to become an EO site, I have no doubt that the same sort of restrictions would eventually be put on OO's here. It always happens. This thread and other communications I've had with people prove that. You see, you are not the first person here to suggest that OO's be restricted. Exactly two years ago, some EO's here were trying to convince the admins to restrict us and establish similar rules. Among other things, they were advocating the removal of the OO section, that OO's not be able to call ourselves "Orthodox," that OO's should have to be polite to EO's, but EO's should not have to be polite to us, etc. These discussions were not made public, but they happened. I thank God that Fr. Anastasios is not threatened by us the way so many others are, and that he decided to keep things the way they are. The fact is that if this board became officially EO and went the way the others have, OCnet would lose its OO members and audience.