As a reader and not a poster, it is my opinion that the discussion boards attract crowds of visitors to the site that are then exposed to relentless pop-under ads, banners and associated partner's commercials and product advertising, plus “shameless plugs.” These common annoyances are tolerated since it's understood that someone has to pay the rent. I think the community of prolific posters makes the discussion boards a vibrant and popular place and their input is “payment” enough, especially when combined with the advertising bombardment. The Fool's seeding of the boards with 1000 free subscriptions will likely avoid a precipitous drop in board activity but charging those most responsible for the Fool's popularity may be remembered as the point where the Fool “jumped the shark.” May Ye Have Good Luck at Fool Headquarters.edparty
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