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Here is a link to what the Bros Gardner what they claim are the criteria for free membership:

1. Activity

2. Excellent Rec/Post Ratio

3. Popularity

4. Recognition

5. Present and former employees

On the plus side (for me personally, by these criteria):

1. While I am not active like some people (what do some of these people do for a living, anyway ;-) I do post fairly regularly.

2. I have a rec:post ratio of slightly greater than 5.6 (and over 1,000 posts).

3. I am listed as a Favorite Fool by 50 other Fools.

On the other hand:

4. So far as I know, I have not made an appearance on the "all-time Top Recommended posts list".

5. I don't think TMF has ever had a staff pathologist, and I didn't go into medicine after my career at TMF abruptly ended with the collapse of the dotcom bubble ;-)

Not having gotten one of the "more than 1,000" invites, I am announcing my intention to start a "Give pdigi a Free Fool Membership" movement. mcemerson is hereby appointed the chairman, treasurer, and chief strategist, and KentuckyLiz, wherever she is these days (not at Political Asylum, dangit!) is the spokesperson (kinda like my version of Karen Hughes).

PS: If a free membership gets you a year, and then you have to pony up $29.95 for the next year, whereas you can get a Charter membership entitling you to this year and next year for $29.95, what am I missing by not having received a "free membership"?

PPS: This gets me to thinking about the pretty simple strategy of betting in Final Jeopardy!, a topic I visit with my wife on those occasions when the kids allow us to watch Jeopardy! For a bunch of intelligent people, Jeopardy! contestants are, by and large, pretty dumb when it comes to strategic betting. If it helps my "grass roots" effort to get a "free membership", then I will hold forth with my Final Jeopardy strategy 8-)
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