Some of you love it.
Some of you absolutely abhor it.
Some don't care.
I am referring to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) banner we have on the top of the Agenda Page, the FAQ page and the About Us page.
The banner displays recent photos of missing children, with the hope that someone who sees them will be recognize and report the children's whereabouts to the authorities.
Those that love it see it as an effort to make the viewer aware, which is what it does.
Those that hate it do so only because it uses an antiquated JAVA plugin. Without the plugin, it simply doesn't work. Some of you say you have page display problems because of it. We didn't create it, NCMEC did. Its all they have. (We're working right now on adding a link that will enable to reload the page without the plugin).
This is an important piece of real estate on the iDate site. Unless NCMEC upgrades the code, as long as I breathe air and the plugin works, it will remain.John Walsh
co-founded the NCMEC
. The organization is responsible for returning thousands of lost and abducted children home to their parents. In 1981 John lost his child near to a place I live in Florida. His adorable 6 year old son was in a Mall and was abducted by a pedophile when John was not looking. In the end, the child was murdered. John changed his life toward crime fighting and finding missing kids. You may recognize him from the "America's Most Wanted" TV show on Fox. He's been honored over and over for his efforts, including 3 US Presidents.
Over the last 30 days, anyone in the U.K. would have to be living under a rock not to know about April Jones
, a 5 year old innocent child abducted (still missing) and presumed deceased at the time of this writing.
Go ahead, watch the video of April's mom
on the 2nd day. That was October 3. Today is the 31, the child is still missing. Clearly this overrides any personal issues anyone may have with that banner applet.
Some that have complained about the applet have in their firm a significant sized staff of coders.
But my thoughts are more with April Jones and her parents.