Motley Fool Boards free again...sort of
Just randomly decided to go register for a free 30 day trial at the Motley Fool and found this on the LBYM board:
"Long live the(free) Fool!!!
Dear Fool Community Member,
In 1994, my brother Tom and I started The Motley Fool with one goal in mind: to provide a trusted source of unbiased financial advice that would educate, amuse, and enrich.
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There is one exciting twist.
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When the boards are officially opened in a few weeks, you will notice an "Invite a Friend" button on all folder and message pages. Clicking the button will allow you to invite friends you think will contribute positively to our community. In this way, we are collectively empowered to grow our community organically and naturally from within. Rest assured, fellow Fools, the quality of our discussion boards remains firmly in our hands!
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I'm interested. When I was mustering for ER, before Dory's place, I was at MF learning from the likes of intercst. Very Curious to see how it will be there.
Fool seemed Foolish to me when they decided to make money on the financial rantings of anonymous sources. User forums should always be free and considered part of the ad or PR budget. Is this like Google invites and everyone that is invited gets invites?
Just registered again - 7 years on...
There are now 8 Retirement discussion boards:
Jimmy Buffet Style Retirement
Retire Early CampFIRE
Retire Early Liberal Edition
Retire Well On Less
I was surprised they still had my login active from way back around 97 when they first opened their own site.
I was bummed they didnt still have my original portfolio from back then in the portfolio manager. Would have been a little interesting to see how my investments back then would have done after all these years.
After having a short look around, I saw that the founders portfolios are way, way up!!! XX% since 2002!!!
Good luck with that...
Jimmy Buffett: ???
RE CampFIRE: "affectionately" known as "right wing circle jerk"
RE Liberal: Mostly RWCJ a-holes trolling and idiots feeding them
RWOL: Ok, but less active and mostly people who don't really have enough to retire
Retired Fools: Old farts corral
Once they go to invite only, just PM me and I will send you an invite, assuming you really have that much extra free time.
More Fool boards.
Retirement investing: is a fairly serious board where retired "experts" (like Me :)) tell aspiring FIRE types how to invest. Actually not a bad place for financial newbies to get good advice.
Retire Early CampFire: Is the orginal retire early home page, where Dory use to hang and intercst started. It is far more of a social/rightwing political board than a retirement board but SWR and such are still discussed.
Two of the most useful boards are the Berkshire Hathaway board which has some of most knowledgeable folks I have seen on Warren Buffet's company, and the Tax Strategies board, which has several CPA and a former IRS agent all providing terrific advice to tax questions.
Feel free to PM for an invite also
The campfire board is what used to be the REHP board, but I hear it's mostly political talk now.
Not sure if I'll head back there or not. Might check out LYBM and ATHH if they're still there.
Charging for the boards was a really dumb move. Those boards used to be really active and I would imagine the Fool made a lot of money in advertising. The boards are so inactive now that I wasn't going to renew my membership.
The LBYMs board alone used to generate more posts in a day than what they get in several weeks to a month now. It's been dying on the vine.
Having an open board will allow people to cross post links and generate traffic again.
I realized a long time ago to ignore any advice from the Gardner brothers. I think it was the valuations don't matter statement during the high tech boom that did it for me. I'm not sure that was actually from one of the brothers or a TMF staffer's article.
When you said "sort of," were you referring to the invitation only aspect? Apart from that I'm understanding that it will be totally free in a few weeks. Yes?
Sounds like a marketing ploy to me. Sounds like they think it'll help their popularity like the GMail invite program did.
I logged in with my old account but couldn't read the boards without doing the 30-day guest thing. What was funny to me was that the announcement and FAQ about the boards going "free" required you to be able to read the boards to view them.
Personally I'm not eager to spend much time posting there...who knows when they'll decide it'll make more money going for-pay again?
I found their REIT board to be a valuable asset. A group of posters led by "Reitnut"
(Ralph Block, writer of several books plus "REITWeek") and several others (Jim
Luckett, Gurdison, etc) have gone to considerable effort to educate people on how
to evaluate REITs, their opinions on which have the highest quality management, etc.
I have kept a list of the best posts of the board over the years. Here is the list back
to Sept 02 :
#44142 : May07 : SPG
#43532 : Mar07 : Current Favorites
#43058 : Feb07 : Other companies
#42932 : Jan07 : HST
#42800 : Jan07 : REIT valuations
#42702 : Jan07 : Pick6 for 2007
#42152 : Dec06 : Which REIT
#41720 : Nov06 : Blue Chips
#38021 : Feb06 : Essential REIT
#36443 : Dec05 : Evaluation
#33143 : Apr05 : AVB
#33141 : Apr05 : Malls
#32759 : Mar05 : CUZ
#32492 : Mar05 : Essential REIT
#32239 : Feb05 : GGP
#30878 : Dec04 : Current favorites
#29547 : Sep04 : GGP buys RSE2
#29386 : Aug04 : GGP buys RSE
#27650 : May04 : CUZ
#26096 : Feb04 : MAC
#26013 : Feb04 : ARC
#24159 : Dec03 : Reitnut 04 picks
#23446 : Nov03 : REG
#23293 : Nov03 : SUI
#23108 : Oct03 : MHC recap
#23084 : Oct03 : MHC recap
#22745 : Sep03 : Favorites
#19665 : Apr03 : FR
#19664 : Apr03 : HCP
#19126 : Mar03 : HCP
#18836 : Mar03 : CPG
#18834 : Mar03 : GL + Office REITs
#18832 : Mar03 : CDX
#18434 : Feb02 : AIV, NHP
#18245 : Feb03 : Mortgage REITS
#18240 : Feb03 : Apartments
#18179 : Feb03 : ASN
#17990 : Jan03 : AVB
#17809 : Jan03 : AMB
#17381 : Jan03 : ARE
#17105 : Dec02 : 2003 Blue Chip
#16355 : Nov02 : SKT
#16026 : Oct02 : REIT sector timing
#15958 : Oct02 : Bankruptcies
#15935 : Oct02 : PP, the office sector
#15639 : Oct02 : HCP, UDR, ARE, GL
#15637 : Oct02 : REG
#15593 : Oct02 : Choice Stocks
#15508 : Sep02 : Year in Review
The LBYM message board at MF was the first financial message board I particpated in, and I stuck around until they started charging for it. It will be interesting to see what's up over there once they open it up.
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