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Old 10-28-2010, 08:02 PM   #61
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Easiest way is to set up an invitation-only social group: click on the "Community" tab at the center of the top of the page, select "Social Groups", then scroll down to "Create a New Group".

You can select the members. You'll want to set the membership to "invitation only" and then start adding the poster names.
I am genuinely curious: have people done this on er.org? First I have heard about it.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #62
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I am genuinely curious: have people done this on er.org? First I have heard about it.
Guess who wasn't on the invite list...

Kidding aside, the only social group I'm aware of on this forum is the one Nords set up for those who contributed information and input to his book.
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Guess who wasn't on the invite list...
No kidding. Then again, I know I am hard to live with.

But if y'all want to get on with your granny/gramps porn chat rooms, that is fine with me.
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The thing I see is that it would then be like a club, not a forum.

And if I could say something about p*l*t*cs again, I consider myself a centrist. The proof is that I think my siblings are ultra liberals, while my friends are mostly conservative or libertarian. If I have to listen to just one side, I would go NUTS!!!

P.S. Need to add that I often end up finding myself arguing with both groups, but hey, if you don't argue with people you hang out with, who do you argue with?

P.P.S. My wife and I agree on most things, thank goodness. Any guy has his limits.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:05 AM   #65
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I am genuinely curious: have people done this on er.org? First I have heard about it.
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No kidding. Then again, I know I am hard to live with.
But if y'all want to get on with your granny/gramps porn chat rooms, that is fine with me.
I set up the invitation-only social group for The Military Guide about two years ago. It linked to a website archive where I'd put up PDFs of draft chapters for review & comments. Most of the posts are about what I'd written, or the status of the publisher's query letters, or occasional queries/commentaries from the group. I also put up an early version of the public thread on choosing the book cover.

When I sent out the invitations back in 2008, I looked for the names of everyone who'd ever indicated military service or was a family member of someone in the military. Then I added in the moderators & admins. Your name never came up, and I stopped looking when I got up in the 60s. Some military & family members who joined E-R.org after 2008 got invitations if they were in a particular military branch or duty station, and in a position to make a critical contribution to the book, but at that point I felt the group was big enough.

The social-group software is also a crippled version of the features we enjoy on the public forums, so I think it's frustrating to use them. (I don't know why vBulletin didn't port over the identical full-featured software to the social groups.) They're also not easily checked (like the portal or the "New Posts" link on the public forums) so you have to subscribe to every thread to keep up to date. The main reason I limited the size of the group was that every time I wanted to send out a PM to the membership I could only do it five addressees at a time. That gets old real fast.

If anyone else has started up an invitation-only social group... well... I must not be on that invitation list either. But I already have enough granny porn to last me the rest of my life.

The social groups are a good idea-- I'll start another one someday for discussions of wealth management and philanthropy, and Brewer, you'll definitely be on that invitation list.
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Heh, I am not offended not to be on the list, no worries. It was just a total surprise that the software even allowed a subgroup to form. That and a CFB sighting for the first time in years all within 24 hours. What is next?

Oh yeah, and you will get lots more granny porn as your DW ages...
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Brewer, if I start a group dedicated to clown porn, you'll be the first invite, followed closely by HFWR.
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You guys realize that any time anyone googles "FIRE Cover Stories" they are going to see your user names and the particular types of pron you have mentioned, right? People may get the wrong idea about how you are financing your retirement...
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You are assuming people will know to google that, Fuego--not right at the top of my list of Google hot keywords. I'm thinking sexier keywords!
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You are assuming people will know to google that, Fuego--not right at the top of my list of Google hot keywords. I'm thinking sexier keywords!
Yes, they are more likely to think we are a bunch of arsonists or insurance cons. Hmmm... another way to finance an early retirement?
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When my wife told the in-laws that I was early retiring, they thought it was just awful. My mother in law thought it was my duty to make as much as I could so that I could buy more stuff. But they were not to worried about my finances, as I was told long before not to expect anything from them, as they were leaving everything to their son's. Now when I told my Dad, he was happy, of coarse he retired at 57 and said many times that he should have quit sooner.

It's been 3 years now and I sure don't miss work at all. I drop by my old office from time to time to say hi, and grab lunch, but that's as close as I come to paid work. My old boss actually seems happy for me and tells people all the time that I was able to quit at 50.
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My retirement cover stories have evolved.
Year 1-2. I am taking some time off from my high tech job.
Year 3-5. I am semi-retired, but I am involved with a software start up
Year 6-9 I am semi-retired sometime I say I do financial planning on the side.
Year 9-11. Most of the time I say I am retired, sometimes I say semi-retired.
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My retirement cover stories have evolved.
Year 1-2. I am taking some time off from my high tech job.
Year 3-5. I am semi-retired, but I am involved with a software start up
Year 6-9 I am semi-retired sometime I say I do financial planning on the side.
Year 9-11. Most of the time I say I am retired, sometimes I say semi-retired.
Year 11+. Sucks to be you.
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