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Hi Feste Award board,

I nominate Admiraltroll (Philip) because of his work keeping the Foolish Collective vibrant and alive in 2002. An exemplar of a community board at the Fool for "learning together" is the Foolish Collective RM March 2001. Philip has team-led several seminars, acquainting new people with The Motley Fool's mission, the boards, investing analysis and strategy, educating, amusing, enriching all those he touches.

We have had many new posters on the Foolish Collective whose first non-seminar post was placed there. This, of course, meant they had to pay for enrollment to the Fool boards. Invitations given by team leaders are often responsible for seminar students entering the Foolish ranks. Philip goes out of his way to encourage new posters to cross that bridge from seminar student to official Motley Fool community member. Because Philip is committed to lifelong learning, you will find him signed up for many seminars offered here at the Fool, doing his work and helping others to find their way.

These invitations to new posters are genuine and heartfelt. New ones are the life-blood of the Foolish community. I have seen many new posters discover their potential and after overcoming their initial shyness come forward and post some excellent research and offer some extremely valuable contributions to the Foolish community via the Foolish Collective.

Early in 2002, many of the Foolish Collective's regular posters were away attending seminars and posting fell off considerably. Philip then came up with the idea to create a Fun Port. In this learning portfolio, anyone could submit a company to research. And the research would be on-going. The purpose of the paper port was not to beat the averages, but just to learn how to research individual companies over the course of time.

Philip also started the Wounded Elephant port. The purpose of this port would be to judge the value of large companies whose stock price had been hit because of bad news or circumstances. When Elflord - a valuable contributor to the FC left to fulfill military obligations - Philip kept track of the many FC ports until he returned.

Philip has also been responsible for numerous volunteer activities at the Collective, organizing Collective research, organizing the Collective FAQ, and who is now organizing the present Collective project - the Dam Seminar, series of valuation lessons. He also updates many of the Collective ports on a regular basis.

Three of the posts that I feel represent his work are below:

1. Valuation of Ebay
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17955420

And who don't like archives? Here is Philip's archiving of the FC research
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17956222

3. And his post starting the Fun Port as one example of the many ports which encouraged new research from many people on an on-going basis. I thought this post was very helpful in striking up new discussions and encouraging persons new to doing research to give it a shot.

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16766796

Philip is active on many boards besides the Foolish Collective. Some of the other boards include the Canada, NPI, Siebel, Oracle, Tyco, Pfizer among others.

tom
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