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As I understand it, the Feste is about recognizing those who help us learn together.

Mishedlo's contribution in this regard is to oversee a discussion board that has remained remarkably on-topic despite having a huge amount of traffic. In an environment in which many discussion boards are having the normal course of their discussions thrown off-topic by trolls, and in which some discussion boards seem to exist only to provide a forum for shouting and verbal fisticuffs without any desire for reasoned debate, Mishedlo has done an excellent job of moderating his board with only as much power as the posters who post there give him.

He has often asked posters to stop threads that no longer serve a purpose, and usually the board agrees.

He saw the potential for political discussions to derail the investment purposes of his board, and in response both created his own political board and moved some of his own political discussions to the Political Asylum board.

He has done an excellent job of identifying the strengths of individual posters in different topic areas and often evokes excellent responses from particular people he asks to share their insight and knowledge.

Those who oppose his nomination cite only Political Asylum posts. In my opinion, the PA board is the board most antithetical to the Fool's goal of encouraging us to learn together. That PA has become the most popular TMF board is an interesting indicator of the health of the community as a whole. Whether or not Mishedlo chooses to jump into the PA fray in his spare time does not in any way detract from his accomplishments.

I ask that the TMF staff name Mishedlo as one of ten nominees and let the community decide whether or not questions about his character are relevant to his consideration for the Feste Award.

thanks,
dan
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