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A question was recently asked about Bridgeway funds. This tickled my memory, because I thought we had discussed them "recently," but they didn't show up in a search of 2005.

The fabulous Fool "archive search" only goes through 2003! So, to find anything in 2004, there was no other method than to scan message headers BY EYE. Well, once I started, I figured I might as well create something that would be useful for more than just one discussion.

So I went back to the beginning of 2004, viewed everything in thread mode, and tried to snag some titles that might be useful, for stuff that people seem to ask about a lot -- but which would not be searchable using the Fool's tools.

What to pick? Well, I generally tried to select those which either had a lot of messages, or which had a lot of recommendations, or which simply looked like potentially popular or useful resources. I arbitrarily skipped over very short threads, or freestanding messages that did not engender discussion, simply to speed up the task, not as any judgment on their content.

I did not take time to review them all. I remembered some, and in some cases the thread title did not describe the content, so I tried to invent a title that was more descriptive. In other cases, I either altered or shortened the original thread title for space or clarity. In those cases, I used quotation marks around the title. The others are either the actual title, or the actual subject (like the name of a given fund company).

The list below shows the thread title; then the number of the first message in the thread; then the URL of that starting message. To focus your inquiry, switch to threaded mode (above) when you go to read a given thread.

Dodge and Cox: 11559
Bridgeway Funds: 11609
"Bridgeway (again)": 11621
Marketocracy: 11684
"Best Broker": 11793
American Funds: 11775
"Funds without tickers": 11921
"Healthcare Funds": 11959
Fidelity: 12038
Janus: 12053
"Dodge and Cox (again)": 12151
"Bridgeway (again)": 12215
Diversified Investment Advisors: 12273
Royce Funds: 12279
Legg Mason: 12282
"Fund Distributions": 12291
"Diversified Asset Classes vs. Portfolio Volatility" 12293
"Fund Distributions (again)": 12303
"International/Emerging Markets": 12347
"Commodity Funds": 12357

These are listed chronologically from January through December of 2004. From that point on, you can search "normally" using the window above, for anything discussed in the past 11 months. And if you search for any of these topics, you will not only get results from 2005; you will also get THIS message, with its references to past threads from 2004 -- because this message is being written IN 2005.

Ooooh, spooky. Almost like the Twilight Zone.

Anyhow: I assume that when January 1, 2006 rolls around, that the 2005 messages will fall into the nether world between the tail end of the "beta" search engine -- which stops at the end of 2003 -- and the beginning of whatever the current year is, which will of course be 2006. So, 2005 will soon fall to the fate of 2004.

Aieee. Same problem all over again. Perhaps in a month or so, somebody else will make a summary of 2005 like this one (or even better)!

I kinda doubt that pestering the management will get the search engine updated so that it goes all the way up through ALL previous years. I assume that suggestion has already been made! But don't let that stop you from trying.

In any case, perhaps this little list will help researchers in the meantime. Cheers. :-)
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