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Old 06-10-2017, 01:01 PM   #1
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Or maybe Death Threats... which I think many members feel when they see a new thread that is titled "What should my SWR be?"

OMG... The urge to kill... "Didn't we just finish discussing that two days ago, with 157 posts?"

Moderators have to have the patience of JOB... and YOU... who wrote about five paragraphs that laid out the perfect answer... have to grit your teeth, and start from scratch.

As a guilty party, and as tooth gritting victim...

Before you start a post, asking a question that you seriously want to know about... GO TO SEARCH and enter in a few key words. Chances are something will click, and a well based previous discussion could put some groundwork under the subject.

It's interesting to see some posts that show on the site for a day or two, then disappear with only four or five follow-up posts, then ... Suddenly reappear a week or a month later... and end up with a hundred or more comments.

A little overwhelming for a newcomer to sign on and see thousands of threads and hundreds of thousands of posts. Good to see moderators sometimes merge threads that cover the same subject. Know that we all appreciate the job they do.
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Old 06-10-2017, 02:24 PM   #2
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I used to hang out on FlyerTalk when I traveled a lot for business and, although it's a terrific resource for detailed info you can't get anywhere else, they get testy if you post something that's been done a thousand times before and clearly haven't done a search first.

On this board and others, I ignore it if I'm tired of the subject, or I reply if I feel like discussing it again,.
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C'mon, this is social media. It's not supposed to be logical nor reasonable. It's more like interacting with your senile MIL.

A google search doesn't give a personal connection. I suppose that's why amazon echo and apple siri are doing well. Some folks like to think they are not talking to a computer.
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I've never had much luck using the search tool. Maybe it's me so YMMV.
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Maybe ill start a new thread about when to start collecting social security, i dont ever remember seeing one on that subject. hahahahha
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:28 PM   #7
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Let's have yet another thread on....
Whether to pay down the mortgage....
Does Net Worth include the house or not?
What is your SWR?
Etc, etc.....
Or NOT.
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I've never had much luck using the search tool. Maybe it's me so YMMV.
There two "search tools". I've found the Google one to be pretty good, the other not too useful.
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Before you start a post, asking a question that you seriously want to know about... GO TO SEARCH and enter in a few key words. Chances are something will click, and a well based previous discussion could put some groundwork under the subject. ...
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I've never had much luck using the search tool. Maybe it's me so YMMV.
I have to agree with Koolau here. I'm a pretty sophisticated "search" user. I learned a bit about SQL on my job, and know all the logic stuff from my engineering days, ( "|" for OR, etc), and was active on a google forum about their "literal" search function. Searching on many forums is difficult, as the same old terms are used over and over again, so you get thousands of hits on anything you try to search for.

Try searching for "fermentation problem" on the homebrew forums - how do you get specific info? Or "SWR" here?

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There two "search tools". I've found the Google one to be pretty good, the other not too useful.
But the 'advanced' one here lets you focus on a particular poster, sub-forum, threads started by that poster, etc - things you can't do with google.

Use each tool to best effect.

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Let's have yet another thread on....
Whether to pay down the mortgage....
Does Net Worth include the house or not?
What is your SWR?
Etc, etc.....
Or NOT.
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I posted this 18 months ago. Seems to be relevant again...

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In the event that you notice the post count fall to what you feel to be a critically low number, feel free to post any one of the following questions:

1. What age should I take Social Security at?
2. Should I carry a mortgage into retirement, or sell some of my portfolio to pay it off?
3. How do I factor the value of a pension (w/ or w/o COLA) into my net worth?
4. Has anyone been thriftier than me in any of the following areas?
a) Cars
b) Cable TV
c) Clothing
d) Home repairs
5. Should I plan to spend all of my money or should I continue to grow net worth until the day I croak?
6. Even though I have a huge pile of cash, portfolio, two pensions, and no heirs, please help me justify working for a few more years.
7. I am 28 years old, have minimal savings, do I have enough to retire now if I live frugally and make money writing a blog?
8. Cats or Dogs?

For extra fun, try combining two of the above into one post!

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Old 06-11-2017, 06:51 AM   #13
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But the 'advanced' one here lets you focus on a particular poster, sub-forum, threads started by that poster, etc - things you can't do with google.

Use each tool to best effect.

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That extra click works perfectly.. and opens many doors.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:31 AM   #14
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I posted this 18 months ago. Seems to be relevant again...
of course it is outdated. No smartphone threads, no streaming TV, no why I don't like Florida/Mexico/California threads!
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:52 AM   #15
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And yet here you are, asking the congregation why people do or don't count their house in their net worth And the congregation...responds! As they have many times before.

Everybody likes to talk about the weather, too.

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OMG... The urge to kill... "Didn't we just finish discussing that two days ago, with 157 posts?"

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Yes, it drizzled last night, so I don't have to water today!!!

edit to add: Ah, I may have missed the point here.
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I like what they do on the stackexchange Q&A sites... As you begin typing-up your question, it's doing searches in the background, and showing suggestions ... links to similar questions. And it does a pretty good job finding similar questions. It keeps on refreshing and changing the 'hit list' as you formulate your question, but before you actually submit your question. A likely result is that people find the answer and move on without posting, but an observable result, a very helpful one, is that they put a link to the similar question in their question, and include a reason why their question is not quite the same. Forms kind of a network around like questions. But, unlike here, it's "all business" over on those sites: just answerable questions and answers...no chit-chat.
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I think some posters do not have the time, desire, skills, or [whatever] to search on their own, so they just start a new thread.

Some of us have been doing keyword searches since the early '70's -- some have not. I know one person who has never done a financial transaction online and can barely handle email, is not good with Google, but aspires to become an ebay merchant. Will probably never happen.

Some things get repeated here, like the threads ripping financial advice. We could do with fewer of those, but some posters say this is a learning environment, and some things are worth repeating.

It can get very boring at times, but maybe having a new thread on an old topic every now and then is not such a bad thing. There is probably a subset of members here that look only at new threads and posts.

One common reply in another forum is RTFM.
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What's wrong with helping new members and FIRE adepts? We all went through learning. Those who don't care can ignore those threads.

Reminds me: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September
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Here's all the answers:

Should I pay off the mortgage?
Keep paying and invest the rest. You can't retire securely if you're still paying the mortgage.

I have $7,000,000 split pre and post ax accounts and employer sponsored health insurance. My expenses are $18,000 a year. Can I retire at age 63?
Don't retire unless you do not pay into the US SS system. A bad sequence of returns could wipe you out.

What's the right age to take SS?
64 years, 3 months.

How old can you be and it still be considered an early retirement?
56.

Where can I earn 13% on my bonds or cash?
Back in 1983.
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