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Author: SRHCB Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 21259  
Subject: My 10,000th TMF Post Date: 5/31/2004 3:34 PM
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This is my ten thousandth post to The Motley Fool Discussion Boards. In honor of the occassion, and for lack of anything better to do, I've gone back over my records and come up with some interesting statistics, along with a few personal observations.

I joined TMF on January 20, 2000, or about 52 months ago. That works out to an average of about 6.4 post/day. I don't remember exactly when I started posting on a regular or frequent basis, but I'm sure that more recently I average something like 20-30 posts every day.

I have 6,694 Recs for my posts, and my current Recs/Post Ratio is at 4.80. I've never either grasped or put much stock in the concept of Recs. My most highly Rec'd Posts generally didn't seem like anything special to me, while my personal favorites often go virtually ignored in the formal recognition department. Go figure?

As for Favorite Fools, I have 90 names on my Profile Page. The Profile also shows that I'm listed on 102 others' Favorites List. There are 50 names that correlate. Some of the names are now long gone from TMF Boards, some are missed, some forgotten, and others were never known. It was surprising to see that I appeared on the Favorites of several people who have never posted a message!

I don't want to slight anybody, but I think I can safely state that out of the 90 names on my list TMFRavynous and ChocoKitty are my Favorite Favorites. Another dozen or so people are tied for Third Place, thirty or forty tied for Fourth, and everyone else came in Fifth; even those who've never posted a message.

A look at my Favorite Boards is revealing. Not surprisingly, those dealing with my two favorite subjects, cars and cooking, take up the top four spots and account for over 70% of my 10,000 total Posts. The Gestalt of Cooking ranks number one with 2,459 posts, (2,460 after I post this message), Recipes/Cooking is second with 2,044, Buying and Maintaining a Car is third with 2,037 and Cars and Drivers a ways back in fourth with 578.

Rounding out my Top Twelve Boards, and compromsing all boards with over 100 posts, are: Cafe L'Eff - 439, Moving Out of the Fast Lane - 432, Help With This Stupid Computer - 310, Aspiring Writers - 218, Minnesota Twins Fans - 143, What to Wear - 134, Improve the Fool - 128 and Eclectic Library -124 which all together compromise 20% of the total.

The next twenty boards had between 10 and 92 posts each, for an additional 8%, and 68 boards had less than 10 posts apiece to make up the final 200 (2%) of my posts.

I hope I've given as much good advice as I received, and provided at least as many laughs as I got from reading messages. I'm sure I've produced at least as much confusion and frustration as I've dealt with, even considering I purposely avoid the most contentious discussions.

Some of my favorite threads have been the SB Trivia Contest of August 2002 and the infamous Pound Cake Battle of November 02, both on the Gestalt Board. I also had a lot of fun writing the ten part Counter Culture MBA Program on Moving Out of the Fast Lane in July of 03.

There were so many other exchanges and debates I've enjoyed that I could never list them all. I do have to mention in closing the one particular episode last Summer that wouldn't have been possible even a few years ago, before we had the internet and forums like The Motley Fool Discussion Board.

Many hundreds, or probably even thousands of us, all over this Country and around the World, a vast majority of whom will never know each other through anything other than this electronic medium, experienced a joint epiphany (from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: 3 a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery b : a revealing scene or moment ) the morning last summer when we logged in and read this message: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19269019

My thanks to Tom and David Gardner and the Motley Fool Staff for providing us with this unique site, and to everyone who participates in the discussions here.

SB
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