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I think we should thank Tom and Dave for providing this for free so far, and now consider this a small "operational subsidy"

The boards are basically changing on other ways beyond merely creating a small operational subsidy. This small subsidy also turns these into private boards as opposed to public (especially insofar as read-only ability goes)

I think that there exists a certain mindset amongst many posters here and unless I am mistaken, with Scoopa too. And that is, that since these are public boards that they have (had) value as a tool for change.

If Disney, for instance, is aware of a board out there (call it the Motley Fool Disney Discussion Board) with critics, fans, journalists, amateur publishers, and professional & amateur analysts, and most importanlty the public they may pay some heed to the goings on here.

But you can erase that "public" aspect right off the list once the fees are implemented. These boards and our input will carry with them much less weight and significance, as they will have lost their ability to influence public perceptions. It will be strictly a private gig from here on out.

Disney should subsidize Motley now. It is in their interest to have the voices & critics in here as effectively quelled in the manner with which they will be, post public-access days.

Paul T.
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