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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby CABob » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:35 pm

Mel Lindauer wrote:I'll make you a deal. Starting with all new posts below this one, I'll match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1000.

Decisions, decisions.
An extra $1000 from Mel or a couple of members agreeing to not post for a week.
Decisions, Decisions.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby VictoriaF » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:36 pm

What a generous offer, thank you Mel! I am in for the third time, this time it's $100.

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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby R-Man » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:36 pm

Check is in the mail!! I missed the forum during that storm thingie.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby VictoriaF » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:39 pm

CABob wrote:
Mel Lindauer wrote:I'll make you a deal. Starting with all new posts below this one, I'll match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1000.

Decisions, decisions.
An extra $1000 from Mel or a couple of members agreeing to not post for a week.
Decisions, Decisions.
:twisted:


I made an assumption that posting about a donation does not qualify as posting. Otherwise, I am a man of my word. :wink:

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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby umfundi » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:47 pm

I know that the Forum founders and managers have strong opinions about paid memberships, and we probably don't want PBS / NPR style fund drives.

But, I was distressed to realize that it was a long time since I had made a contribution, and I was only reminded by others' responses to Sandy and the outage.

Maybe the powers that be can consider other contribution options?

One might be an automatic (monthly, quarterly) contribution via PayPal.

Another might simply be a reminder e-mail. Nag me annually.

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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby JerryK » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:03 pm

Just sent $25 via paypal. Thank you Mel and thank you to those who keep the forum running and to all the posters.
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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby empb » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:06 pm

In for another $50.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby earlyout » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:31 pm

Thanks to Mel! Sent mine via Paypal.
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Mel's pledge.

Postby Taylor Larimore » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:51 pm

Bogleheads:

This pledge by Mel deserves to be in red:

"I'll match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1000".

Best wishes.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Zoey » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:52 pm

Can't say no to this offer. I will be sending another 50.00 via paypal. Thanks, Mel!
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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby Pennstateclj1 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:59 pm

I donated $20 via paypal a couple days ago.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby stratton » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:16 pm

$50 in from me.

I'm sending a check.

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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Tyr0ne » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:39 pm

$50 in hopes that this site is active for a long, long time! :beer

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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby jvclark02 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:03 pm

another 50 on the way :beer
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby pmcgillicutty » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:24 pm

Thanks for the donation "match". And thanks to all contributors to this site.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Rob5TCP » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:23 pm

Add me in to the group.
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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby Marlinspike » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:25 pm

Please accept this small contribution of $50
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby CaliJim » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:39 pm

Challenge accepted.

Making a donation to Bogleheads.org is kind of like rebalancing the portfolio. It's something that needs to be done at least annually, and it decreases risk while increasing returns.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby noyopacific » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:01 pm

Mel, your challenge got my attention. I just sent 25.00 via Paypal through the link at:
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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby nisiprius » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:12 pm

$25.00
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Taylor Larimore » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:14 pm

Mel Lindauer wrote:I've agreed to match future donations to the forum up to $1000. Details here: viewtopic.php?p=1526698#p1526698


Mel waited until we mailed the maximum donation we can afford.

Best wishes.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby mhc » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:41 pm

Thanks for making the donating process very easy through Paypal. It is a pleasure to support this site.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby grabiner » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:38 pm

$100 donation made; the site has been worth far more than this to me over the years.
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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby SpecialK22 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:06 am

$25 as well. Thanks Mel!
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby mattsm » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:37 am

We need a donation ticker!!!
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Sanetrain » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:59 am

Long time lurker, already put in 20 but I registered to leave a message here for another 20 towards Mel's most generous pledge.

Thank you all for the great information over the years, it has saved me and my family a lot of money.

Arguably better than that, this place and it's amazing information and individuals have given me something new to learn/read/reflect on an everyday basis.

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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby Johm221122 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:16 am

$25 I'm in too :sharebeer
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Valuethinker » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:03 am

CABob wrote:
Mel Lindauer wrote:I'll make you a deal. Starting with all new posts below this one, I'll match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1000.

Decisions, decisions.
An extra $1000 from Mel or a couple of members agreeing to not post for a week.
Decisions, Decisions.
:twisted:


Double win. You get the money from Mel AND you shut down Valuethinker.

(with the meta exception of these threads... ;-)).
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Mel Lindauer » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:39 pm

Valuethinker wrote:
CABob wrote:
Mel Lindauer wrote:I'll make you a deal. Starting with all new posts below this one, I'll match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1000.

Decisions, decisions.
An extra $1000 from Mel or a couple of members agreeing to not post for a week.
Decisions, Decisions.
:twisted:


Double win. You get the money from Mel AND you shut down Valuethinker.

(with the meta exception of these threads... ;-)).


How about we get the money from Mel and we don't shut down Valuethinker? I like that deal much better.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Mel Lindauer » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:54 pm

Taylor Larimore wrote:
Mel Lindauer wrote:I've agreed to match future donations to the forum up to $1000. Details here: viewtopic.php?p=1526698#p1526698


Mel waited until we mailed the maximum donation we can afford.

Best wishes.
Taylor


There's plenty more where your first donation came from, my friend, so don't cry poor-mouth to me! :D

Besides, you've got those annuities to make sure you don't run out of money, so all the rest is extra. If for no other reason, you should want to chip in some more just to make me have to match it.

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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby Valuethinker » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:15 pm

Mel

It is very kind of you to say that-- one attracts mixed reactions, one never really knows how one is perceived.

Thank you.

My goal in this is $25k. If we can get $25k then we've really done something.

I can't claim credit for this-- or rather, I had the idea to contribute at this moment of need, another had the idea that I should *publicly* proclaim that point. It is that other who is the key instigator here.

There is, simply, a tide in the affairs of men (and women) which, when seized, leads on to fortune. Aka rank opportunism or momentum trading.

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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Tortuga » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:18 pm

I'm in for a second round via Pay Pal.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby jimkinny » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:24 pm

I'm in. $50 via PayPal

Thanks Mel for all of your sound advice.

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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby pcsrini » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:37 pm

In for $50 - a huge thanks to all the regulars on the forum. I don't post a lot, but read often
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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby rsc601 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:41 pm

$25 through PayPal

Thanks to everyone for providing a great service!
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Re: Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up

Postby LFT_PFT » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:56 pm

Best $25 spent this month.
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Re: Valuethinker pledges another $50 to the site-- if you do

Postby mike143 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:58 pm

The $50 check is in the mail.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Mel Lindauer » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:59 pm

Any more takers?
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby blu-ray » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:01 pm

Just sent $25 via paypal

Thanks!
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Juniormint » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:04 pm

In for $25. Thanks.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby SteveB3005 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:41 pm

$100 is in the mail, and thank you all for the wonderful community we have. Long live the Bogleheads!
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby cks » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:42 pm

Just sent $25 via Paypal.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby dpc » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:47 pm

$25.00 via Paypal. Thanks, Mel for all you do.

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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby zanahorias » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:43 pm

Yes, thanks for the motivation, Mel, as I'd "just not gotten around" to donating. Great reunion. Thanks as well for all the other inspired things you do. Btw, paypal worked great.
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby gary11 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:34 pm

Mel Lindauer wrote:I've agreed to match future donations to the forum up to $1000. Details here: viewtopic.php?p=1526698#p1526698


Just sent $25 via PayPal.
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Re: Valuethinker pledges another $50 to the site-- if you do

Postby letsgobobby » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:42 am

Alex Frakt wrote:
mike143 wrote:
$0 to $100,000 2.2% + $0.30 $2.50 fee on a $100 donation

Whats preferred, a check or PayPal. I hate writing checks but if in the long run PayPal incurs less overhead I will do it that way.

Do whichever you prefer, I'm happy either way :-). The cost of checks is maybe 2 minutes processing time and this month we'll probably run over our free transactions limit, so there will be a bank fee of 75 cents per check.


If we donate via the John Bogleheads center you get 50% more due to Uncle Sam chipping in. Would that be assured of getting to you or do you prefer direct contributions, albeit for 1/3 less?
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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby family_doc » Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:06 am

I'm in for $50, Mel. Sent in via paypal. Larry, Alex, and all of the mods/admins do TIRELESS work for the betterment of all. Glad to contribute.

with kindest regards,

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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby DickBenson » Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:11 am

Mel Lindauer wrote:Any more takers?


Just wrote a check for $50 ..... now where did I put those stamps? :-)

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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby rmark1 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:59 am

I've added $25 thru paypal.

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Re: Mel's $1000 Challenge - Double Your Donation

Postby Gauntlet » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:04 am

I'm in for $25. Thank you.
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