Note to self....
I appreciate all of the effort that was put into your responses to what I hope no one mistook for criticism. It never was meant as a slight or a need for improvement, it was meant as an observation.
The observation began officially nine years ago, but actually it started almost two years before that. And although over the past several years there have been some frustrations, the observation continues even as I type this response.
The manifestation of my observation was the post that started this thread.
I posted it not for feedback, but more as a place maker, so that someday, I might have a point of reference when I step back and observe all that I have found in Fooldom.
Fooldom is not one thing to all people, and I think the Brothers G would agree, it was never intended to be such. Fooldom started out as a collection of thoughts intended to Educate, Amuse, and Enrich. Is that still what Fooldom is about, can those that want to listen still hear the voices of those that want to speak?
Over the years I have watched the way the world of investing has changed, and I have often wondered how much of an influence Fooldom has been in the evolution of that change.
As was noted, there are many discussion boards in Fooldom, one for almost every stock held by more than seven people it seems, and with all of that discussion how have things changed? What impact has all of that discussion had? Are folks better investors today? Are folks better folks today? What factor has age played in any of this?
Sorta complex huh? Sometimes I kinda freak myself out because I have no idea where this stuff comes from.
At any rate, since I have no answers to my own questions, for me the next best thing is to observe, to catalog, and to wonder, the results of which...brings me back to where I started.
My observation was simply as I said, a place marker. It was not intended to stir the winds of, or the need for, change. It was simply to remind myself that once upon a time...I came this way.