Customizable Splash Screen

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I think it would be very effective to be able to customize the splash screen that pops up when a site is blocked. It would be a very powerful tool or injunction for a user to be able to upload an image, one of his family, a religious picture, a quote, or even a picture of a letter to oneself. If that image that a user could select and upload popped up on that splash screen when a site is being blocked, or anytime that splash screen is loaded, it would be a great way to remind the person what he wants to be clean for. I would really like to see this idea implemented, I don't know too much about programming, but I cannot imagine it would be too difficult to make it so a user could upload there own Injunction Photo. Thanks for the consideration.

Chris
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Hello Chris,

Thank you so much for your suggestion! We love hearing from our members. I will pass along your idea to our developers. If you have any more feedback please feel free to share it with us.

Best regards,
Annelise
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Eeesh!   Just bit draconian, don't you think?    Sounds like we'd be heading back to the Christian life of the 1200's in Europe!
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I'm not sure how having a picture of ones family pop up as a reminder during moments of weakness is 'Draconian'? As one that has been a recovering sex addict for some time, I can attest to the power of injunctions such as the one I suggested. The purpose of such injunctions isn't to promote fear or toxic shame, but to remind or to shake a triggered addict out of the Limbic System or the addiction cycle long enough to make rational decisions. Once an addict becomes triggered and starts into preoccupying about the acting out behavior, it requires a great deal of effort to get out, recovery is all about balance and using tools. I'm not sure if you have experienced this yourself, not knowing your story, but from personal experience I can say that every little reminder of what I really want to fight for helps me to stay sober. Is keeping a picture of my family on my desktop also 'Midieval'?
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Well ... what I think you are trying to do is to "guilt" yourself into obedience, and as a flagrant sinner myself, I can tell you assuredly that guilt will not work.

One picture you might want to use, though, that a mentor of mine suggested to our entire Sunday school class was a child kneeling in prayer, as a reminder that when you are tempted, drop to your knees and pray about it and ask Jesus for help right then and there!   I would support that!!  
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And thus the idea of each person being able to customize their own, what I originally suggested. And what works for one person may not work for another, there is not set in stone rules when it comes to recovery. There are guidelines and tools that are successful for some and not others, ultimately it is up to each person to find what works to find balance and gain recovery. I don't feel any guilt when I look at a picture of Christ or my family, I feel hope. If that is not the case for you then I respect that and don't criticize the way you feel about it. I'd respectfully ask that you don't critize my recovery or my techniques either. I have dedicated a great deal of my focus to learning all I can about toxic shame and how it has effected my life, I know the difference between the negative 'guilt' you are referring to and the change evoking Godly sorrow that one must feel in order to change. Once again, I'll repeat what I said, customizable splash screen, which means you can put whatever works for you or nothing at all.
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Hey Guys,

I appreciate the lively discussion here. It's great to see multiple perspectives on how to tackle the difficult problems of overcoming temptation through accountability and filtering. My job is User Experience, or essentially to work out how the software is going to interact with our end users. The stuff you are currently engaged in conversation about, is similar to how we approach creating any feature.

What I hear from this is that sometimes it is important to know what is at stake, when trying to give yourself leverage in a moment of temptation. Covenant Eyes users all come to us for a reason, and that reason directly relates to their need for the software. I believe it would be awesome if Covenant Eyes could help reinforce the reasons that a person came to us, to help people remember what they are fighting for, in a positive fashion.

On the flip side, whenever we design a feature we also have to be extremely careful that it cannot be used to degrade or bypass the integrity of the Covenant Eyes system. I'm sure I do not need to explain in detail that allowing users to upload their own photos could quite easily create some loopholes in our protection. (Even if the average user would do so with great intention, there is always another user desperate for a get around)

This is not so say that we could never build such a feature, but to say that we need to consider the WHY behind each feature, and find ways to improve the service for users across the board.

Thanks for being a part of that, and giving us ideas and feedback on how to move forward.

- John