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Effort? EFFORT?

Let me defend the Fool here for a moment.

They set out this promotion as they have in years' past. It requires a minimum of five nominees, preferably (for unstated reasons) winnowed from a list of at least ten. This is part of the "effort", shoveling dirt on five nominees in a secret, smoke filled room in the back of the building. Think of it as the Fool's attempt at Chicago politics. As is as well known in Washington as well as Wall Street, if you have power, you must use it to screw people if at all possible. It doesn't matter much who, as long as somebody gets shafted.

Then there is the drudgery of actually reading the nomination ballots. Imagine yourself, forced to read ten posts lauding people who are probably smarter than you are, and possibly even following a link to one of their actual posts. This involves clicking on a hyperlink, which, thanks to the Helping with a Computers board, we know probably has something to do with Norton Securities and should therefore be avoided.

Then comes the part of taking the poll. Using the polling software which already exists within the Fool ecosphere is too simple by half, so they have to contract with an outside firm to handle the tabulation of the ballots. This undoubtedly involves a lawyer. Do I need to say more?

Then (and I hope by now you're getting exhausted just thinking about all this effort), somebody has to call the outside firm and write down the winners, or at least get an e-mail and print it out. There's not only "effort" here, there's "expense." How's that working at your company?

Finally, somebody has to contact the winners, try to get pictures, and write up a bio on them, although mostly they ask the recipients to write their own bios, which is why mine said "Nobel Prize Winning Nuclear Phyicist", and I couldn't even hardly spell physicist. Or have good grammar, neither.

So, there is tons of effort involved and the Fool, like so many organizations these days is likely stretched to the bone. How many people do you think are signing up for stock-advice newsletters in the last month? That's why they're so busy elsewhere dreaming up new ones, like the Rachel Ray Stock Pot daily (chicken, beef, turkey, etc.) and the Jerry Garcia Portfolio of Dead Companies and so on.

So don't blame it all on the Fool. By the way, and pardon the rude way in which I ask, "How many people did you nominate this year?" That was part of the deal going in, and if you didn't do your part, it's hard to see why you should criticize someone else for not doing theirs.

This is the first year in several that I have not nominated someone. I tried. I looked all over Fooldom for someone I thought worthy, but every time I clicked on a name they already had the silly little plaque, or they were one of the three already nominated.

I thought about nominating you, dear reader, but I forget who you are and you probably don't deserve it anyway. If you did, you would have gone out of your way to nominate someone, and you didn't.

I hope they try again next year, or open up the nominating process for another couple weeks and have another go. It would be sad to see such an illustrious and internationally recognized competition die a horrible death from your own personal neglect. You should be ashamed.

This is your fault, mostly. You probably have a sub-prime mortgage, too.

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