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Author: Tastylunch Three stars, 500 posts Feste Award Nominee! Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 597  
Subject: Re: Name? Date: 8/23/2009 7:12 PM
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Np happy to help, wish I could do more more often. But I just launched my new business this summer, so I'm a little pressed for time. :)

"The balance of course is annoying people who don't need or want "free cash flow" defined for the 1000th time and breaking up their reading with at best another link and at worst a flashy icon designating a wiki link."

No doubt, you could link virtually every other word if you really wanted too. I'd probably only link basic terms and companies if it were me. Still a huge job and major balancing act no mater how you slice it.

"What do you think are the downsides of wholesale integration? "

Well the primary downside to integration would be visibility, there's a good chance it will take a tremendous amount of time to build up pageviews and edits since unlike investopedia and wikipedia I would wager 90% of fool.com's visitors are here for something other than financial term database.

It doesn't mean they shouldn't be coming to Fool for that (I actually think they should come to the Fool first since the Fool is very new investor friendly) it just is going to take serious effort to let them know that A) they can now and B) that it's still here when they undoubtedly forget.

The Fool.com is almost too big and too comprehensive, even I being probbaly a power user rarely use all the tabs. I love having the choice to do so but it douses mean there are areas of the Fool I rarely ever encounter.

Considering how large the site is, it's going to be hard for users to find to discover the wiki and I don't know how much valuable front page the fool is willing or even should surrender to it.

So the specialist sites like investopedia.com have an advantage there. Their 'pedia hits you right in the face when you go to their site's homepage. definition search is probably a high % of their user's intent


The other drawback I could think of right now is it sounds like a lot more work for you guys. :)
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