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Jumping into the middle here...

Usenet is free. Since everybody is already paying an ISP and most ISPs offer broad access to many newsgroups, and since new newsgroups can be set up with varying degrees of difficulty (hard in the "misc" hierarchy, easier in the "alt" hierarchy), everything that goes on in TMF could take place in Usenet.

I've been using these boards and putting up with the ads because the navigation is easier than a newsreader. But not by all that much. And Google allows searches of archived Usenet messages just like this board does.

I haven't used Usenet for investment discussion but I have used it for other, serious topics and it can be a heck of a resource. And NOBODY owns it. Now, if you want something closely resembling the policing involved in this system, you might want moderated newsgroups, and I have never explored what is involved in setting one up. But anyway, the question came up so there's an answer: Usenet is free and it's not Yahoo.

Before leaving the point, let me say that I like this system -- but it has limitations. I don't want it to change but its hold on me is tenuous. As has been noted, one has to double-check much of what one reads here, and the best of what one finds comes from a relatively small number of contributors. I believe that it is a delicate balance that keeps such folks hanging around, and I don't know why the owners felt they should tinker with it at a time like this.

Just a comment. Hope I'm not repeating something that was just said -- this board moves fast. :-)
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