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Something just occured to me. At the same time the Fool announced that folks have to pay for use of the boards they also announced that 1000 posters will get one years free membership. This is the lynchpin to the whole mechanism. Essentially those 1000 posters are the employees of the Fool that make the boards successful. They are the content. Tom is getting his content provided for $15. The lucky 1000 are working countless hours (don't let your real employers find out) to provide free content to the Fool. If the Fool was foolish enough to charge you folk this grand experiment would fail in a week. So here's my idea ...


If the regular posters, the lucky 1000 (and you know who you are), all agree to avoid posting on the Fool for one month I'll bet the fee would be dropped in a heartbeat. Failing that, we can crawl back on March 1st, check in hand, and resume the position.

Let me be clear about why I am unhappy with this fee announcement (other than the fact that I'm cheap). I don't think the folks who provide the content should be charged for doing so. Nor should others be charged for the service the content providers provide for free. (Sell some advertising, Tom. That's the biz model anyways).

If you agree with the idea of a content strike please recommend this post (clearly a shameless plug for recs on my part ;>).

Content Providers of the Fool, Unite! Let the content strike commence February 1, 2002!


P.S. I'm serious.
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