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Post by Mel Lindauer » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:24 pm

Hello Everyone:

Feb. 19, 2017 is a very special day. It marks the 10th birthday of this Bogleheads.org forum.

Born out of frustration over the lack of moderation at our previous home, this moderated Bogleheads.org forum has been a remarkable success. Over the past 10 years, we've had over 3,000,000 posts on more than 200,000 topics. We now have nearly 57,000 members and about 10 times that number of guests (affectionately known as "lurkers"). Our viewer numbers are off the charts. We get more than 70,000 unique visitors per day from all around the world. The forum averages around 4,000,000 hits per day.

Our Community's wiki is the repository of a wealth of investing information, contributed by nearly 250 Boglehead editors who want to help other investors gain financial literacy. There are currently more than 900 pages of content covering a multitude of investing topics such as asset allocation, taxes, rebalancing, and a host of other important subjects, all written and kept updated by those Boglehead editors. Our wiki editors continue to add additional important information on an ongoing basis. The wiki averages about 25,000 visits per day, but there have been days when that number approached 35,000.

The Bogleheads message has been expanded even further by the publication of two Bogleheads books -- The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing and The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning. We have a number of published investment authors who freely contribute their knowledge to the forum on a somewhat regular basis. Even Vanguard founder, Jack Bogle, posts here from time to time.

We have established 70 Bogleheads Local Chapters, including three foreign Chapters (UAE/Dubai, Paris and Taiwan). These Local Chapters hold regular meetings that spread the Bogleheads investing philosophy and help investors at the local level.

While all of this is certainly impressive, what really makes this Community so very special is the QUALITY of both the help and information offered by so many selfless Bogleheads who want to contribute in any way they can to help this Community help others reach their financial goals.

Happy 10th birthday, Bogleheads.org forum. Thanks to all of the Bogleheads who contribute so much to make this the very best investing site anywhere and who've made this anniversary possible. Special thanks and kudos to forum owners Larry Auton and Alex Frakt who've kept this forum ad-free through their personal generosity. Onward to our next anniversary!

Best regards to all.

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Post by Atomic » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:39 pm

Invaluable resource. How can we help keep the lights on for another 10 years!?

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Post by triceratop » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:44 pm

Atomic wrote:Invaluable resource. How can we help keep the lights on for another 10 years!?


Excellent question. See: https://www.bogleheads.org/support.htm (the "Support this Site" in the upper right hand corner of the forum pages)
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Post by BrandonBogle » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:46 pm

Happy Birthday Bogleheads Forum!

Thank you Mel, LadyGeek, Triceratop, and the rest of the team (I know I missed many) for making this such a success, both on the front end facing us and the back end facing the systems and technical systems!

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Post by Sheepdog » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:54 pm

WOW. Thank you ALL.
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Post by Miriam2 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:56 am

BrandonBogle wrote:Happy Birthday Bogleheads Forum!
Thank you Mel, LadyGeek, Triceratop, and the rest of the team (I know I missed many) for making this such a success, both on the front end facing us and the back end facing the systems and technical systems!

ahh - Taylor ?? :D

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Post by mudfud » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:58 am

I do remember the heady early days--amazing that 10 years have passed already! A big thanks to "Phoenix" who started it all with "A Port in the Storm".

From Phoenix's inaugural post on February 19,2007:

Welcome to a new forum for Vanguard Diehards. This forum's purpose is to enable intelligent online conversation among those who call themselves Bogleheads and who use Vanguard's family of funds.


We are indebted to Alex Frakt and Larry Auton for running this forum and keeping it ad-free. Please support the forum by clicking on the Amazon link or by making a direct contribution.

Much thanks to all the wonderful administrators, moderators and contributors for their selfless work!

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Post by Jazzman » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:39 am

Congrats and thanks to all. I've celebrated each of the 10 birthdays with the forum's sage participants. This forum has changed my financial life.

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Post by oldzey » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:59 am

Happy 10th Birthday, Bogleheads.org! :sharebeer
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Post by GoldenFinch » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:01 am

Bogleheads is the best. Thank you everyone and special thanks to the moderators and those who keep this site running. I'm grateful to have Bogleheads as a resource for teaching my children about investing and personal finance and thankful for what you all have taught me about how to navigate the financial world (and so much more).

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Post by legio XX » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:11 am

Vobis gratias ago! :sharebeer

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Post by pennstater2005 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:05 am

An amazing group to be a part of! If not for this forum I'd still be in a high cost mutual fund with an advisor that had his best interests at heart.
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Post by JPH » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:39 am

A real good run. Thanks to moderators and participants.
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Post by jack bogle » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:25 am

To my beloved Bogleheads,

Heartiest congratulations on the tenth birthday of the bogleheads.org forum.

What a decade! What a service to investors! Yes, “if you build it, they will come.” And with 4,000,000 hits per day, it’s fair to say that intelligent, self-motivated investors came in droves.

As I wrote in my foreword to The Bogleheads Guide to Investing, your group pays honor to this principle of Alexis de Tocqueville, expressed in his 1840 book Democracy in America:

“[Only by] the intellectual and moral associations of Americans … and the reciprocal influence of men [sic] upon one another are feelings and opinions recruited, the human mind developed, and the heart enlarged.”

It’s particularly poignant that your tenth birthday comes just two days before my twenty-first birthday. This is a great week for celebration!

Jack

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Post by Norris » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:53 am

When I count my blessings, I'm thankful for having been a part of this wonderful community! Great to hear from you, Jack! I thought you were a "little" older than 21...you must be talking intellectually...no? :happy

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Post by Taylor Larimore » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:09 am

Mr. Bogle wrote:It’s particularly poignant that your tenth birthday comes just two days before my twenty-first birthday. This is a great week for celebration!


Our friend and mentor, Jack Bogle, received his heart transplant on February 21, 1996.

Best wishes.
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Post by Miriam2 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:17 am

jack bogle wrote:To my beloved Bogleheads,

Heartiest congratulations on the tenth birthday of the bogleheads.org forum.

What a decade! What a service to investors! Yes, “if you build it, they will come.” And with 4,000,000 hits per day, it’s fair to say that intelligent, self-motivated investors came in droves.

As I wrote in my foreword to The Bogleheads Guide to Investing, your group pays honor to this principle of Alexis de Tocqueville, expressed in his 1840 book Democracy in America:

“[Only by] the intellectual and moral associations of Americans … and the reciprocal influence of men [sic] upon one another are feelings and opinions recruited, the human mind developed, and the heart enlarged.”

It’s particularly poignant that your tenth birthday comes just two days before my twenty-first birthday. This is a great week for celebration!

Jack

Mr. Bogle,

We appreciate so much you coming onto the forum to express your feelings and congratulations!

Of course, you laid the foundation for this remarkable forum over 60 years ago when you developed the index fund, began Vanguard, and proceeded to champion your great cause without relent from the rooftops. You are the soul of this wonderful forum and the spirit of its "service to investors."

We learned from the master :D

With heartfelt appreciation from my entire family,
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Post by bondsr4me » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:22 am

Jack....
Best Wishes on your upcoming heart transplant anniversary!
Your books, your appearances on financial TV, and this forum have been so very, very influential in my investment decisions.
It just seems so inadequate when I say "Thank You", but I'll say it again... Thank You!
Wishing you many, many more years of Bogleheading!

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Post by HueyLD » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:27 am

Congrats on Jack's 21st birthday. Best wishes for another 21 years.

Thank you so much for your contribution to the investment community and to humanity.

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Post by rob » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:47 am

Very cool.... From my join date looks like I was in early on (after the semi-secret launch :-) ), so collectively you guys and gals have made a huge difference in my finances.... Thank you one and all, those present and lost!
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Post by VictoriaF » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:54 am

Happy Birthday to Us
Happy Birthday to Us
Happy Birthday Dear Bogleheads
Happy Birthday to Us.

From good friends and true,
From old friends and new,
May good luck go with our crew,
And happiness too.

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Post by bondsr4me » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:01 pm

:sharebeer
VictoriaF wrote:Happy Birthday to Us
Happy Birthday to Us
Happy Birthday Dear Bogleheads
Happy Birthday to Us.

From good friends and true,
From old friends and new,
May good luck go with our crew,
And happiness too.

Victoria


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Post by cherijoh » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:04 pm

rob wrote:Very cool.... From my join date looks like I was in early on (after the semi-secret launch :-) ), so collectively you guys and gals have made a huge difference in my finances.... Thank you one and all, those present and lost!


And I joined one day later, so my 10th anniversary is tomorrow. :happy I participated on the old M* forum and saw the post about this forum there.

Congratulations indeed and a heartfelt "Thank You!" to all the wonderful and hard working people behind the scenes.

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Post by ruralavalon » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:07 pm

Happy birthday Bogleheads, and a special thanks to the forum owners, founders, advisory board, wiki editors, and moderators.
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Post by 2pedals » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:14 pm

I have learned a tremendous amount about investing by reading posts on Bogleheads.org and "The Bogleheads Guide to Retirement Planning"

Bogleheads, happy 10th birthday and thank you :sharebeer

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Post by Christine_NM » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:23 pm

10 years already? HB, BH :D

If it were not for Bogleheads and Jack Bogle, the Internet would be just a place to shop. Or who knows what other forum we would have got ourselves attached to.

It goes without saying that we have the best financial advice. But I love the way people ask all kinds of questions here.

If we were having a thread on favorite threads, mine would be Cody's "noise in the attic" that was not in the attic at all. It was the right combination of persistence, help and surprise ending that makes a perfect story.

ETA: Here's the link viewtopic.php?f=11&t=62092
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Post by Chris001122 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:42 pm

Wow, thanks to everyone who makes this forum possible. It is certainly special to hear from everyone espeically Mr. Bogle, and Taylor and Mel and so many others! Happy 10th anniversary to the forum team. What a successful enterprise! I have always gotten very good advice here when the Boglehead's Guide and Jack's book of Common Sense Investing didn't already answer my questions.

Happy Birthday!

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Post by mancich » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:46 pm

Simple awesome! Happy Birthday Bogleheads, and thank you all for your collective knowledge and wisdom. What an amazing group of people. Thank you most of all to Jack Bogle, who changed the face of investing so long ago. :beer

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Post by Barry Barnitz » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:07 pm

Hi:

Mel's post on our blog, perhaps reaching a different audience ----> Bogleheads forum 10th anniversary | Financial Page

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Post by Peculiar_Investor » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:28 pm

Congratulations to all Bogleheads!
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Post by likegarden » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:40 pm

I love to read it every day and learn so much! I joined a week after it started. It is so much better moderated than its predecessor was on Morningstar.

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Post by LadyGeek » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:50 pm

This thread is now in the Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community forum (Bogleheads).

I do confirm that "jack bogle" is indeed John Bogle. Happy 21st!

In honor of this occasion, the forum header has been modified.

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Post by Will do good » Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:25 pm

So wise for a 10 yo. Congrats. :beer

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Post by Good Listener » Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:44 pm

I assume the site is financed purely by donations. And I know that time from the moderators and IT people are donated as well. Is there some dollar amount needed that can be shared so we can tailor our donations? Or like other non profits, a goal be mentioned and progress towards it mentioned on occasion? I would hope all participants donate !!!

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Post by triceratop » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:06 pm

Happy birthday Bogleheads forum! Thanks to everybody who has helped me out here -- personally or through the posts I have read.

(today is also my birthday -- slightly older than Bogle; though that is orders of magnitude less important :) )
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Post by LadyGeek » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:19 pm

triceratop wrote:Happy birthday Bogleheads forum! Thanks to everybody who has helped me out here -- personally or through the posts I have read.

(today is also my birthday -- slightly older than Bogle; though that is orders of magnitude less important :) )

I should explain. Jack Bogle's 21st birthday applies to his heart operation. See: Vanguard founder Jack Bogle: 65 years in the investment industry

The rest of him is a bit older. :)
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Post by Phoenix » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:34 pm

Congratulations on reaching a double digit age. What a long strange trip it's been.

Thank you to those who took on this labor of love and turned it into a REALLY BIG DEAL: tashina at the very start; Mel, Taylor, Alex and Larry in short order; and countless others since.

I check in very rarely these days but it's a pleasure to see the buzz of activity as everyone, out of the goodness of their hearts and with no thought to putting a nickel into their own pockets, provides terrific financial advice to anyone who asks. Kudos to all.

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Post by triceratop » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:43 pm

LadyGeek wrote:
triceratop wrote:Happy birthday Bogleheads forum! Thanks to everybody who has helped me out here -- personally or through the posts I have read.

(today is also my birthday -- slightly older than Bogle; though that is orders of magnitude less important :) )

I should explain. Jack Bogle's 21st birthday applies to his heart operation. See: Vanguard founder Jack Bogle: 65 years in the investment industry

The rest of him is a bit older. :)


Of course, I am well aware! :)
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Post by Allan Roth » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:54 pm

Happy 10th! Congrats everyone for a decade of helping investors keep their money instead of giving it to my industry. You are all the best!

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Post by Rob54keep » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:10 pm

Happy 10th! I have learned (and continue to learn) so much in the 9 years that I have been here. Than you to all of you for your help and patience along the way.

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Post by Miriam2 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:15 pm

What a remarkable 10th Birthday celebration!

First our mentor, Jack Bogle, sent us a wonderful post :happy

Then . . . !
Phoenix wrote:Congratulations on reaching a double digit age. What a long strange trip it's been.

Thank you to those who took on this labor of love and turned it into a REALLY BIG DEAL: tashina at the very start; Mel, Taylor, Alex and Larry in short order; and countless others since.

I check in very rarely these days but it's a pleasure to see the buzz of activity as everyone, out of the goodness of their hearts and with no thought to putting a nickel into their own pockets, provides terrific financial advice to anyone who asks. Kudos to all.

What a nice surprise! So many of us think of you so often, Phoenix!

Your "port in a storm" has blossomed into a safe harbor for so many. I personally cannot thank you enough for taking on the challenge of creating this forum and nurturing its early growth :D

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Post by S&L1940 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:18 pm

pennstater2005 wrote:An amazing group to be a part of! If not for this forum I'd still be in a high cost mutual fund with an advisor that had his best interests at heart.


agree. Bogle Heads saved us from two "friends", each at a major house who between them had us in something like an 19 fund portfolio.
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Post by nedsaid » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:21 pm

This has been a great place to learn and a great place to interact with some really bright people. It has been a great experience for me. Happy Birthday Bogleheads and many more!!
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Post by blueblock » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:38 pm

jack bogle wrote:your group pays honor to this principle of Alexis de Tocqueville, expressed in his 1840 book Democracy in America:

“[Only by] the intellectual and moral associations of Americans … and the reciprocal influence of men [sic] upon one another are feelings and opinions recruited, the human mind developed, and the heart enlarged.”


+1 It does my old heart good to see de Tocqueville quoted here (or anywhere), especially with Jack's modern nod to the influence of women as well as men. It's amazing how well de Tocqueville understood the collective American mind, doubly amazing how, nearly 300 years later, his insights remain pertinent.

Happy birthday, and thank you to all the people who make this forum possible.

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Post by LadyGeek » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:46 pm

Phoenix wrote:Congratulations on reaching a double digit age. What a long strange trip it's been.

Thank you to those who took on this labor of love and turned it into a REALLY BIG DEAL: tashina at the very start; Mel, Taylor, Alex and Larry in short order; and countless others since.

I check in very rarely these days but it's a pleasure to see the buzz of activity as everyone, out of the goodness of their hearts and with no thought to putting a nickel into their own pockets, provides terrific financial advice to anyone who asks. Kudos to all.

To those who may not know this forum's history, Phoenix started this forum and subsequently handed it over to Larry Auton (mingstar) and Alex Frakt. See: Bon voyage

Also: Subject: [diehards.org/forum] diehards.com/forum (?)

Alex Frakt wrote:To clarify...

When Larry and I started this site in 2001, all it contained was a couple of pages about the bogleheads approach and a better interface to and a search index for the Vanguard Diehards forum on Morningstar.com. When we decided to do the site, I registered both diehards.org and bogleheads.org. We had a mild disagreement about the name, but in the end decided to go with diehards.org as the site name. If anyone happened to type in bogleheads.org, it redirected to diehards.org.

When we started the forum here (or, more accurately, gave a permanent home to the experimental forum that Phoenix had started a couple of weeks previously), the site was still called diehards.org. Originally we listed the posts from both our forum and the Morningstar (M*) Vanguard Diehards forum on our home page. But eventually, as the number of posts decreased on M* and took off here, we dropped the M* listings. At that point, it no longer made sense to use diehards.org as the primary site name, so we switched to bogleheads.org. But I kept the diehards.org registration active, so if you type in any diehards.org URL, you will get the proper page on bogleheads.org.
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Post by White Coat Investor » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:57 pm

I might be the only one who still types in diehards.org.
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Re: HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY BOGLEHEADS FORUM

Post by CABob » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:09 pm

Happy birthday and many thanks to those that make this forum special. I just checked the history and see that I joined the forum on 2/25/07 and made my first post on 3/13/07. I guess it took me a few days to "catch on."
This sounds like a good occasion to make a donation either directly or by an Amazon purchase (maybe both). anyone else?
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Post by Misenplace » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:28 pm

All of you--Mel, Taylor, Alex, Larry, Phoenix, and all the administrators-- have done a wonderful service in setting up this site. I am appreciative every time I log in to the the forum or research in the Wiki. There is NO WHERE ELSE a curious investor can obtain such high quality, reliable information. Thank you for donating your time, your energy, and your expertise.

Most of all, thank you Jack Bogle for being their inspiration, for looking out for your fellow man/woman, and for walking the walk on helping the individual investor. You are my hero.

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Re: HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY BOGLEHEADS FORUM

Post by Silence Dogood » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:52 pm

I've been getting all of this advice from a ten year old?! :confused :D

Thank you Bogleheads! This forum has had a major positive impact on my life.

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