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Old 06-08-2005, 10:33 PM   #41
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350k - his and hers, 1993, age 49, no health care then or now.

What's the big deal?
$350K is equivalent to $629K today, which is still not that much. If you have good health, you really do not need comprehensive health-care insurance. I might consider a high-deductible kind just in case.
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Old 06-09-2005, 06:42 AM   #42
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FYI - BC/BS rates vary WILDLY by area.
BC/BS "the blues" is a beast of a company. We just switched, saving premium dollars but what a paper tiger! :P

And a real case study for not employing union workers. Don't even think of asking a question that might take 10 minutes to answer if you've called 5 minutes before my break!
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Old 06-09-2005, 07:18 AM   #43
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FYI - BC/BS rates vary WILDLY by area.
That is true. I believe Unclemick lives in* Louisiana. BCBS of LA has more plan options than MS, therefore he may even be able to get a better rate than what I stated previously depending upon what coverage he seeks. I think Golden Rule actually had the cheapest stripped down policies back when I was getting quotes. But like you said, your state of residence has a lot to do with it.
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Old 06-09-2005, 11:46 AM   #44
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Obviously we should not have a Karma feature. Much bad Karma would result.

Thanks BMJ for the explanation.
Heh, while I was checking on th's "modify" problem I looked at the help entry for the karma settings:

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Heh, the thought of having users smite each other is amusing, but I can't imagine it being helpful in any way.
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No more or less helpful than a post count.

I guess it could be helpful for a newer member to know who is considered reliable/helpful and who isnt without needing any help. Might also assist some members in realizing their 'contributions' arent as well valued as they think and kickstart them to improve the quality and their respective ratings.
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Old 06-09-2005, 11:59 AM   #46
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No more or less helpful than a post count.

I guess it could be helpful for a newer member to know who is considered reliable/helpful and who isnt without needing any help.* Might also assist some members in realizing their 'contributions' arent as well valued as they think and kickstart them to improve the quality and their respective ratings.
I agree. It might be worth a try. If it gets abused or causes problems it could be removed.
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Old 06-09-2005, 01:08 PM   #47
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I'm always up for a new tool, although I might find my ego bruised!

If things get nasty, BMG can always turn it off again, but this board is definitely the most civil I've ever read, so I think the risk is minimal.
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Old 06-09-2005, 01:09 PM   #48
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I think ratings in any form are a step away from quality. Aren't adults expected to be able to figure out for themselves what is helpful and what isn't?

And if they can't make this decision, why would a group of posters be better at it? Boards are like high school- bunch of people with no clear purpose trying to do what comes naturally in those situations- goof off and create hierarchies. Gresham's Law operates here as surely as anywhere else.

I have never continued long at any board that has ratings, suck points, etc. And wouldn't at this one. Whether that would be a gain or loss to me or to others is a matter for individual assessment.

I would be forced to use more of my time either practicing drums, going out, or maybe even getting a job! I might finally even get my Spanish up to speed- then I could start on Arabic. Who knows, I might one day be useful at Guantanamo.

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Very bad Karma. I'm going dancing with HaHa.
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Eh, for example, new people would have seen hoco-loco's extreme smitten bad karma and known right off the bat what they were dealing with. There are a few similar goofballs.
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The thing is, would the smiting be anonymous? Probably better that way. Otherwise you'd get into smiting wars!
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Old 06-09-2005, 02:26 PM   #52
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I wouldnt mind either way.

Five bucks says I could surprise at least 3 people by giving them good karma, and surprise another 3 with bad...
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Old 06-09-2005, 02:54 PM   #53
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350k - his and hers, 1993, age 49, no health care then or now.

What's the big deal?
I'm guessing 350K was about ours also (first marriage) in 1993, also age 49,
but I did have health insurance for all but a few months since I hung it up.

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Old 06-11-2005, 10:47 AM   #54
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I would be forced to use more of my time either practicing drums, going out, or maybe even getting a job! I might finally even get my Spanish up to speed- then I could start on Arabic. Who knows, I might one day be useful at Guantanamo.
Sounds like it might be a good thing for you. Look at the list of things you would accomplish.

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