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by Alex Frakt
Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Clockwork Orange
Replies: 25
Views: 11566

As promised above, now that everyone has had a chance to air their true feelings on the matter, I am going to close this thread. As with all locked threads, starting a new thread to continue the topic is contrary to forum etiquette and thus they will be deleted. If you have a need to continue this t...
by Alex Frakt
Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: New Forum Name
Replies: 29
Views: 14161

by Alex Frakt
Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: New Forum Name
Replies: 29
Views: 14161

AshKK wrote:Will the link from http://www.diehards.org be modified to read "Bogleheads" instead of "Diehards in the Vanguard" also?


Yes. It should be done today.
by Alex Frakt
Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: some posts too wide
Replies: 18
Views: 7981

I took a look at the link shadowrings mentioned. The problem appears to be with alec's 36 month correlation image. The poster immediately after alec reposted the image in a quote, this moved the margin even farther to the right. I deleted the second image so the thread is somewhat better. We'll look...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:36 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: New Forum Name
Replies: 29
Views: 14161

Well, I've owned the http://www.bogleheads.org domain name since 2001. It more or less lost the coin flip to diehards.org and has simply served as a redirect to diehards.org for the past six years (go ahead and try it). I think we'll leave it that way for now to simplify administration and preserve ...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What happened with the name of the forum?
Replies: 11
Views: 4783

"vanguardian bogleheads dying hard in a moderated diehard forum for bogleheaded vanguardians recognizing the contribution of TaylorHeads, MelHeads, BernsteinHeads, Swedroeheads, FerriHeads..., all in a h***s free environment dedicated to no ads or moving avators, forum" Maybe next week. S...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who needs Corporate Bonds?
Replies: 40
Views: 18131

High-grade corporate bond funds offer a smidgeon greater returns and a slighly lower volatility (comparing Vanguard Intermediate Term Corp VFICX to Vanguard Intermediate Term Treasuries VFITX) in exchange for something less than a 100% guarantee that none of the holdings will default. So it's a risk...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Let's talk about an "ignore" feature
Replies: 44
Views: 20111

goggles - thanks for the response. But just want to clarify that it was Phoenix who set up this forum. We (diehards.org) are just going to give it a home that can handle its future needs.
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Clockwork Orange
Replies: 25
Views: 11566

Look, you guys (travis, microlepsis) are doing it again. You've had your say, I've had mine. Other people are jumping in and this isn't going anywhere positive. The definition of a troll post is one made to intentionally cause disruption by provoking a reaction from others. There's nothing to say th...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Let's talk about an "ignore" feature
Replies: 44
Views: 20111

goggles and jms969 - adding an ignore button is on the table for a future enhancement (once again, I can't make any changes like that until the forum is moved to diehards.org). microlepsis - I will strive to be neutral regarding the content of a disputed discussion (note that I did not say a word fo...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Clockwork Orange
Replies: 25
Views: 11566

The original post is a pure troll and would normally be completely deleted, but we are obviously going to have to have this discussion sometime, so it might as well be now. For those who have not been following, the OP is obviously referring to this thread m which begins to break down about a quarte...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:08 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Let's talk about an "ignore" feature
Replies: 44
Views: 20111

The whole point of this board is that we have moderators in order to prevent the kind of problems that otherwise make an ignore feature necessary. The thread mentioned did get out of hand. The mods tried to deal with it through PMs and gentle suggestions to the instigators. This didn't have much eff...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Ninth Wonder of the World (by Larry Swedroe)
Replies: 84
Views: 45826

Look people, you've ignored the nice moderators attempts to cool things off, so it's been passed to me. Let's leave the pissing matches to M*. If you disagree with someone about something to do with investing, state your position and move on. I'm locking this thread now and will go through and remov...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you dislike about the new forum versus the old one?
Replies: 65
Views: 37138

...When Alex mentioned 'readability', my concern was that might be code for "Change the default font to some gigantic, Playskool, 2nd-grader font." Usability (on a site like this) includes information density, so no giant font sizes. However, I may be able to switch to a more readable typ...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you dislike about the new forum versus the old one?
Replies: 65
Views: 37138

Just wanted everyone to know we will be modifying the site for readability and use of use after we move it to the diehards.org server, but right now I can't add any mods.

But please keep the suggestions coming, I'll review these threads when I have a chance to do something about them.

Alex
by Alex Frakt
Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: To what extent will you support advertising on this forum?
Replies: 33
Views: 18728

Once we make the move (it's on hold for the moment until Phoenix get's back home). the incremental cost to run this site is $0. The hardware and bandwidth are already available and we exclusively run free Open Source software. I asked Larry (the sysadmin) a couple of years ago if he wanted the proce...
by Alex Frakt
Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Finance Forum Posting Guidelines
Replies: 0
Views: 55650

Personal Finance Forum Posting Guidelines

Personal Finance Welcome to the Personal Finance forum. This subforum is for personal financial issues that don't involve investments. Examples of acceptable topics are: - insurance - employment issues - credit card and credit rating issues - mortgage and loan issues - legal issues that have a fina...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Server Load/Storage Capacity
Replies: 5
Views: 3086

I don't know what Phoenix is running on, but when me move the forum to diehards.org we will have plenty of server space and bandwidth. Larry Auton, the sysadmin for diehards.org, generously donates the resources. He is one of the old school wizards with over 30 years as a researcher at Bell Labs and...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:44 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: A port in a storm
Replies: 1
Views: 6725

Policies

We'll flesh out Policies as time goes one. But let's see how far we can get with just the following: Please remember that this board was created to provide a community that resembles the long ago days of a certain other forum that was described as: characterized by its contributors' commitment to lo...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Color Schemes of diehards.org and diehardsforum.org
Replies: 9
Views: 4750

Thanks for the link.
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Color Schemes of diehards.org and diehardsforum.org
Replies: 9
Views: 4750

What you see is the out-of-the-box settings for the software that runs the board. We will be tweaking them for better legibility within a week or two.

Alex
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:52 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Change Log
Replies: 0
Views: 1720

Change Log

I'm going to use this post to document any changes to forum-wide settings with the intent of keeping everyone informed and giving a chance for feedback. Format will be date, action, reason (optional). Feel free to comment on the changes or request something different. Note that I may end up occasion...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Do you like the functionality of the avatars?
Replies: 31
Views: 16133

Re: Flabbergasted

I'd rather have the archaic anarchy of the M* forum than the oligarchy of this one. .... BTW, My animated gif avatar is 510 bytes of size. The gaudy ugly PHPBB icon at the top of every page is fourteen times the size. Any bandwidth argument is bollocks. Don't worry, that phpbb icon will be the firs...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Do you like the functionality of the avatars?
Replies: 31
Views: 16133

The only conclusion you can draw from a poll that has such low participation (currently less than 5%), is that most people don't care one way or the other. That's the major problem with polls on peripheral issues like this one. When most people don't care, the results are always dominated by a small...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:54 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Do you like the functionality of the avatars?
Replies: 31
Views: 16133

To me, avatars are the hairshirt option - they hurt my eyes. And how much fun do you really derive from looking at the same set of 8k icons over and over again? FWIW, I've been involved in UI usability work since 1995. I was working third-level tech support for an online real estate listings vendor,...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:10 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Do you like the functionality of the avatars?
Replies: 31
Views: 16133

Avatars are a feature in exactly the same sense that banner ads are a feature. They add no information, are visually distracting, they slow page loading and increase server overhead. If you really like them, we'll leave the ability to view them as an option, but they will be turned off by default. N...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:21 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Should this be the new diehards.org?
Replies: 23
Views: 11513

However I'd want to know that multiple people (for example you) with known identities have control over the site, and that it's being backed up, etc. Are we confident it's not going to disappear one day? Or that ads won't start popping up (as they did on ezboard.com)? There are new faces in the mod...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: An announcement to the forum's membership
Replies: 26
Views: 18828

What it will look like.

Initially the diehards.org home page will be a static version of what's there now, with the list of current posts over at M* being replaced with links to, and a description of, both forums. This forum will then be moved to our server when Phoenix's schedule permits, but the only thing that will chan...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: An announcement to the forum's membership
Replies: 26
Views: 18828

I agree to maintain all of the commitments made by Phoenix: no trolls, no ads, no release of private information, no claims of copyright over anything posted by you. In fact, I wouldn't have it any other way. Diehards.org has actually been operating since 2001 under these same rules to the extent th...
by Alex Frakt
Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Should this be the new diehards.org?
Replies: 23
Views: 11513

Should this be the new diehards.org?

I created diehards.org with Larry Auton almost 6 years ago to provide a way around some of the shortcomings of the M* site. Since then M* has patched up a couple of the issues, but as we all know it is far from perfect, with glaring problems in the area of search, post editing and the near complete ...