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I have learned a lot by reading posts in both the stock and non-stock boards at TMF since I became a registered member a little over one year ago. However, it wasn't until after 9/11 and a Fool e-mail newsletter about the "Current Events" board that I discovered there were non-stock boards. This led me to discover many other non-stock boards on TMF, and until I discovered these, I didn't have a real sense of the communities that make up TMF.

Finding "Current Events" led me to other boards such as HURL, LBYM, Great Movies, LOOTP/NADA, and PA. Each has it's own distinct identity and community of Fools. After lurking for even a short time, one gets a sense of the "personalities" which dominate each.

I've come to form an opinion that a valuable post is one that generates a lot of discussion, whether you agree with the person who posted initially or not. Some threads can last for days, even weeks, prompting many who normally just lurk to post their view on the subject as well. Rec's are used almost as "weapons" to show the strength of one view from another. The repartee can become very intense, and addictive, generating tremendous traffic to TMF site.

The most valuable post, and subsequent thread, I've seen was started by spikie last October:
spikie is somewhat of an expert on the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) and a lot can be learned from his initial post which includes his well researched thought and those of our founding fathers and the Supreme Court. Additionally, the thread started a discussion which lasted almost three weeks with dozens of posts. I think people who were open to it were probably influenced in the viewpoint on the subject.

That, IMNSHO, speaks to the value of TMF discussion boards!
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