Who is your favorite poster!?

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Who is your favorite poster?

livesoft
28
9%
Taylor Larimore
49
16%
Taylor Larimore
49
16%
nisipirius
63
21%
stratton
2
1%
chaz
5
2%
chaz
5
2%
EmergDoc
16
5%
retiredjg
8
3%
larry swedroe
28
9%
YDNAL
5
2%
Laura
15
5%
Doc
4
1%
Rick Ferri
16
5%
Trev H
11
4%
 
Total votes: 304

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Who is your favorite poster!?

Post by BogleMe » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:58 pm

Admittedly, this is not a complete least... but I have included the top 10, plus a few of my favorites from my long time lurking. The poll allowed for 15. I would like to thank all of them all for their time and for sharing their knowledge.

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no contests, please!

Post by Sotol » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:14 pm

I like them all as they each contribute in ways that have made this forum what it is - sensible, but diverse points of view with a subtle educational tone that really adds up. I have learned alot and am truly grateful to have this forum to visit. However, even more than these regulars, I like the newbies with their questions - some naive, some seeking help to deal with scams of all kinds, some with just plain good questions about rules, where to go and what to do. Without them, there wouldn't be a forum at all.

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Post by MWCA » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:16 pm

The folks who run the board.
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Post by tim1999 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:16 pm

Petrocelli, although he is apparently posting the really funny stuff over on Morningstar now.

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Post by GammaPoint » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:21 pm

All of those listed have been very helpful to me. I won't say who I chose because then it would just be awkward going forward :)

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Post by dpbsmith » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:56 pm

How about this poster? He may have made only "Total posts 5 [0.00% of total / 0.01 posts per day]" but he belongs on the list.

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Post by fishnskiguy » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:02 pm

Sorry, VT, Mel , Taylor, and all others, but Nisi hits a chord with me.

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Post by steve88 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:25 pm

Second to john bogle would be taylor. No mean bone on this guy and great moderator. Never seen this guy challenge a post or delete one.

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Post by Karamatsu » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:39 pm

So many wise people to choose from. They all make me think, even if I don't necessarily agree. Probably it is a vestige of my desire to understand what is not understandable that I always appreciate Valuethinker's posts for the macro perspective, and also because of the more international tilt. His "it's more important not to be 100% wrong than to be 100% right" also became the guiding principle for my IPS.

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Post by FafnerMorell » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:46 pm

Really tough to seleft just one - there's a lot of great posters who I look for. VictoriaF is another name worthy of adding.

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Post by manbearpig » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:49 pm

Robert T and Unclemick

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Post by White Coat Investor » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:58 pm

My view of a favorite poster has changed over the years. Initially it was those who were very welcoming and reach out to the newbies. Later it changed to those who would post thought-provoking material or help me understand a difficult concept. Now it's more who makes me laugh. Laura, Taylor and Mel fall into the first category, posters like livesoft, nisiprius, and TrevH fall into the second. But I admit I have a special place in my heart for Petrocelli.

I'm glad no one picked me as their favorite poster. That'd be way too much pressure.
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Post by Jazzman » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:13 pm

David Grabiner

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Post by thirdcamper » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:24 pm

Bob U. would have been on my list too.

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Post by Stevewc » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:24 pm

Well EmergDoc,
I haven't picked a favorite yet but I must say you have spent a good deal of time trying to help me in the past so you are on the list. There are so many super good folks, it is hard to pin it down to just one.
Tough Call for me,
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Post by simplesimon » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:37 pm

chaz, who never says more than 5 words.

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Post by Sheepdog » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:41 pm

I don't have a favorite, so I can't vote. I can look at all of them and say they have been very helpful. Sorry, I don't see that one of them is more valuable than another. I've seen hundreds of other worthwhile contributors here over the last dozen years who have assisted thousands of Bogleheads find their way to financial success....all of them valuable.
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Post by bobbyrx » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:54 pm

All are terrific, each with unique areas of expertise, but Nisiprius speaks to both my analytical brain and my gut instincts.

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Post by diasurfer » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:57 am

Rodc, Grabiner, and Robert T give me a lot to think about.

Petro gives me a lot to laugh about.

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Post by FarmGirl » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:09 am

Not voting because I can't possibly pick just one. :roll:

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Post by Snowjob » Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:57 am

What? no market timer?

Reading his thread from 07 through early 09 was wildly entertaining and dramatic. Sure its only 1 thread but that should get him an honorable mention!


I think I'm torn between nisiprius and valuethinker. So much perspectie to be gained, so little time to read all of their posts...

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Post by beardsworth » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:10 am

If memory serves (and sometimes memory does not serve :) ), this is not the first such "favorite poster" thread on the forum. Just my personal reaction, but I find such popularity contest threads invidious/not helpful to the intent or tone of the forum. Every person on that list has something to contribute, but not equally about all topics, or in a style appropriate at all times or to all other participants.

So I didn't vote for a "favorite" poster.

But among those names, the one I most admire, based on what I can "see" of him as a person, is Taylor Larimore. He has a long track record of giving unstintingly to others in need of information or perspective, and of trying to do it in a way that suits their needs instead of just posting the whirrings of his own mind. He never shows off. He never "raises his voice" (with the possible exception if someone is being snippy/rude toward him). He generally keeps his ego out of his posts and doesn't try to verbally humiliate or do "combat" with those who disagree with him. Despite his vast knowledge he still considers himself open to new learning; and if someone corrects him, then––miracle of miracles!––he thanks them. He is such a thorough gentleman.

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Post by tonythered » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:17 am

Everyone on that list is great.

Nisi is interesting, and has a great sense of humor and delivery method.

In addition to possessing a deep knowledge of investing, Taylor epitomizes class. Seems to have spent his entire life helping others in one way or another, and then when people come here and are cruel/rude/whatnot, he disarms them in a patient, gentlemanly manner. I hope to be able to incorporate his amazing people skills into my own personality over time.

Valuethinker is a must-read for me, as he has such diverse knowledge (or at least sums up Google searches so succinctly!) that I find myself reading more on topics that I wasn't previously interested in after viewing his posts. He also provides a non-US-centric view of things that I appreciate, and keeps things light-hearted while doing it.

Larry, Rick, Mel, Laura, EmergDoc, etc. I've all learned immensely from. Really neat people here.

As someone above me mentioned - combined, they really make this board great. Definitely worth my daily reading time!

Thanks all!

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Post by nisiprius » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:56 am

[Deleted what was supposed to be a PM which I accidentally posted.]
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Post by wilson08 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:56 am

Forgive me for using this canine analogy
but some posters I would consider Best of Breed
and then I would have to think long and hard
about Best of Show.

I love the data and statistics from TrevH, the common
sense and investment gems of Taylor Larimore, and the
professional views and investment stategies of Rick Ferri
and Larry Swedroe just to name a few.

I would give Best of Show to Larry Swedroe.

Wilson

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Post by Ziggy75 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:59 am

livesoft

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Post by RaleighStClaire » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:53 am

Where's SmallHi?
Where's that red one gonna go?

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Post by RaleighStClaire » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:54 am

and lol@no Robert T as well.

Nice list.
Where's that red one gonna go?

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Post by exoilman » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:11 am

Nisi for his excellent succinct way of explaining things. He forces me to think analytically and critically about what I do with respect to investing.

This by no means excludes the others most notably Taylor, Mel, livsoft and all the names mentioned. Each has given me pause for thought and I have benefited from their wisdom.

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Post by bearcub » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:13 am

piper warrior?

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Post by tarnation » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:21 am

Me. Since that was not a choice, I had to vote for my second favorite. :)
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Post by mrboast » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:24 am

my vote was for livesoft, who like me and most Bogleheads is a self proclaimed cheap a$$...but he takes it to a different level. What he does with his wife's expensive 401K should be patented. I have met my match.
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Post by Blues » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:27 am

I appreciate the contributions of all, a few of whom truly stand out in my experience.

I couldn't/wouldn't denigrate the value of any of them by choosing from among them.

Sometimes one great insight provided can be the equal or better of several lesser contributions.

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Post by Dave_M » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:47 am

I voted for Taylor, but wanted to give a serious honorable mention to SSCritic. I always read his posts, since even if I haven't had the exact issues he's discussing, its usually because I didn't know enough to know I didn't know what I needed to know. :?

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Post by Ron » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:51 am

Dave_M wrote:...wanted to give a serious honorable mention to SSCritic.
Agreed!

SSCritic does not only give his "opinion", but follows up with firm references; a rare quality on most discussion forums.

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Post by jlq39 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:00 am

I voted for Taylor, but I had to give a shout out to nisipirius for I enjoy seeing the "Keep out of debt" rock every time he posts it!

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Post by manos » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:19 am

DDB, without a doubt. Speaks to what he knows (finances) and that's about it. Concise and evidence-based in his approach.

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Post by jarkeld » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:31 am

bobbyrx wrote:All are terrific, each with unique areas of expertise, but Nisiprius speaks to both my analytical brain and my gut instincts.
same here, another vote for Nisiprius.

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Post by LongDistanceRunner » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:58 am

I always look for well-written, thought-provoking posts from Nisiprius. So I gave him my vote.

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Post by Harold » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:00 am

Is this a "Jump the Shark" moment?

I thought this forum was above popularity contests. Each other forum I've seen that had periodic popularity posts has been cliquish etc. Hope this one doesn't head down that road (or isn't already there).

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Post by Petrocelli » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:02 am

Although I didn't get a spot on the ballot, I am also going to vote for me. I am clearly my favorite.
Petrocelli (not the real Rico, but just a fan)

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Post by PaulW » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:06 am

I have benefited greatly from many on this list, I don't think I am able to decide on a favorite.

Two additional authors on my "must read" list are petrocelli and pkcrafter.

Thanks all for your help.

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Post by Bounca » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:09 am

manos wrote:DDB, without a doubt. Speaks to what he knows (finances) and that's about it. Concise and evidence-based in his approach.
ddb, yes.

Couldn't agree more, you beat me to it.

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Post by Bob B » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:12 am

Harold wrote:Is this a "Jump the Shark" moment?

I thought this forum was above popularity contests. Each other forum I've seen that had periodic popularity posts has been cliquish etc. Hope this one doesn't head down that road (or isn't already there).
Harold, thank you for saying what I have been thinking. This thread is so junior high.

And why is it in the Investing forum? Moderators, please move it to the Recreation forum where it belongs.

Thanks.
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Post by kpanghmc » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:52 am

ValueThinker, without a doubt. The quality of his posts is top notch and I tend to learn something new when I read them.
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Post by mrboast » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:00 pm

I thought this forum was above popularity contests.
Harold, thank you for saying what I have been thinking. This thread is so junior high.

And why is it in the Investing forum? Moderators, please move it to the Recreation forum where it belongs.
Can you say uptight? Chill out guys...but thank you for informing us of your maturity.

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Post by etarini » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:13 pm

I, too, am a huge sscritic fan. The detailed Social Security expertise is unmatched, of course, but there are lots of other areas where I've learned a lot.

And I have a crush on VictoriaF.

There are so many great posters here that it can't be captured even in a "top poster" list of 50; maybe 100.

My wife rolls her eyes when she asks me what I'm reading and I tell her it's the Bogleheads forum.


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Post by Harold » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:22 pm

mrboast wrote:Can you say uptight? Chill out guys...but thank you for informing us of your maturity.
We're just upset because we're not among the cool guys.

Really though, one can make this observation without being uptight or boastful of our maturity (as we respond to "mrboast").

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Post by caklim00 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:33 pm

This really isn't even close for me, the answer is Robert T. No one else comes close to providing the same amount of insightful information.

Others including (but not limited) to SmallHi and Rodc have helped me since I've gone passive. Again, each has helped me in numerous ways. Rodc's tracking error analysis helped when developing my IPS. Smallhi always wades through the BS and provides detailed responses even if it ruffles some people's feathers.

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Post by chaz » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:39 pm

simplesimon wrote:chaz, who never says more than 5 words.
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