[Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

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Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

Post by David Jay » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:23 pm

LadyGeek wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:37 pm
To the experts: The best way to learn something is to try and teach it. Instead of reading "mundane" topics, take on a challenge. Pick a new investor asking for help in the Investing - Help with Personal Investments forum and make it your personal project to get them going.
^^^ This!

When I scan the main topic list I always keep an eye open for the threads with no - or few - replies.
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Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

Post by LadyGeek » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:34 pm

^^^ Thank you. I got my start from members like you - the ones who took their time to help others.

Once I got my portfolio squared away, the wiki was in need of a major overhaul. I had the technical (software) skills, but had no clue about investing.

Did that stop me? Nope. All I had to do was post a thread in the forum and ask the experts to help with the content. I got lots of help. :happy
David Jay wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:23 pm
When I scan the main topic list I always keep an eye open for the threads with no - or few - replies.
From the site home page, click on the # Replies link at the top of the post listings to sort by number of replies. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see posts with no - or few - replies.

At the top of the forum page (what you're on now), left-side "Quick links" menu, drop down to Unanswered topics and start working them off from the top.
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Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

Post by Tanelorn » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:40 am

I broadly agree with OP, and attribute that mostly to becoming more knowledgeable myself so fewer financial topics are still of interest. It's possible censorship, self or otherwise, has contributed but I have not be watching closely enough to judge that, but it would be my second guess as an explanation.

More specifically, and in no particular order, in reply to others' comments in the thread:

I found jbolden's comments interesting, and while I am not decided on his views nor entirely enamored of his posting style, I respected his ideas and enjoyed reading his posts. I hope to hear from him again.

I miss sscritic as well, and he was very helpful to me and exceedingly generous with many others. It appears his departure was a casualty of the lack of a rating system that requires bad and inaccurate advice to be firmly called out as such, and which makes experts such as himself appear to be "the bad guy" when they are just trying to prevent other less knowledgeable readers (most of us) from mistaking or following clearly bad advice as equally valid.

Old Meph, RIP, and some of the other experts are also missed. This wouldn't be the first time such losses were regretted:

viewtopic.php?t=97433

I did very much enjoy grayfox's BitCoin education thread. A timely topic for something we no doubt will be hearing more about, both as a technology and as an investment.

I like polls and think their absence is a loss.

I was disappointed to see the last ACA healthcare thread locked, but have not been brave enough to start another. There are many increasing financial impacts and complexities to getting healthcare that are especially relevant to potential early retirees such as we have here at Bogleheads, and health care/insurance is a major factor in retirement planning. I hoped there would be a chance to discuss these issues here.

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Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

Post by denovo » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:40 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:12 pm
TomatoTomahto wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:10 pm
That happens, and then sometimes the poster exits, either temporarily or permanently, but without being escorted out. I liked jbolden1517's posts also.
I miss sscritic.

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Me too.

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Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

Post by denovo » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:41 pm

If we allow politics, we can make the forum more interesting, but we'll all hate each other. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

Post by LadyGeek » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:20 pm

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