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Now, for the problem that arises with non-tickered (?) boards. Why not assign a number to each topical board?

Personally, I would prefer an acronym to a to a number that has no intrinsic meaning. It would be much easier to remember "AFQ" for the "Ask a Foolish Question" board than it would be to remember a number. Also, informal acronyms are already in use for many of the boards -- WO for Woman's Own, W&I for Women and Investing, AFQ for Ask a Foolish Question, etc.

They would be # and ~, and woe to anyone who used them for other meanings!!

The tilde (~) might not be the best choice -- it is widely used in the scientific community to mean "approximately," as in ~50%. I've seen it used that way frequently on the boards.

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