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April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« on: April 01, 2019, 05:02:55 AM »
Some lively debates occur in the 'Off-Topic' sub-forum, but these are not the raison d'etre of this site, and a good number of the more experienced/senior mustachians spend a decent chunk of time posting in 'Off-Topic' (including myself).

Challenge is simple:
Increase the percentage of posts you make this month to the "general discussion" & "Learning, Sharing, and Teaching"  sub-forums.  Posting in 'Journals' is considered neutral.

Hint: you can see which forums you post most frequently in by clicking your 'profile', then 'show stats' (under your avatar).

@arebelspy, @Kris, @EscapeVelocity2020, @sol, @JLee, @bacchi, @GuitarStv, @starbright, @partgypsy, @HBFIRE, @Lews Therin , @dividendman, @Kyle Schuant , @talltexan, @glenstache, @RetiredAt63, @shenlong55, @scottish, @tyort1, @gaja, @Nick_Miller, @Dabnasty , @roadrunner53, @boofinator, @hoping2retire35, @Jeremy E., @thd7t , @Metric Mouse , @Gin1984 , @NoStacheOhio

*the above is not a comprehensive list, but I hope many of you frequent 'off-topic' posters above will join me in making more 'on-topic' posts this month. 
Feel free to extend the challenge to others.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2019, 07:32:14 AM »
I’m trying to post less in general. So, not sure I will take up this gauntlet.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2019, 08:03:36 AM »
I’m trying to post less in general. So, not sure I will take up this gauntlet.
Hey, that's thh beauty of percentages - you can accomplish the goal even while decreasing your total posts.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2019, 08:42:56 AM »
Haha, called out. I often end up reading more in the other categories but not posting, especially case studies. So many good responses post so quickly that I often feel late to the party.

In any case, challenge accepted. Does this post count :)

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2019, 08:46:43 AM »
Guilty.  I will take up the challenge, too. 

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2019, 10:45:56 AM »
Accepted.  I'm here for the mustachian material, so that's where I should spend my time!

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2019, 10:54:57 AM »
I'll give it a try.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2019, 01:19:14 PM »
I am trying to post less in general, and that will be reflected in my posts to the off topic forum as well. I didn't see this challenge until just now because of it : )

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2019, 05:39:40 PM »
I'm not sure why I got tagged. :)

OT is my 5th most used forum in terms of absolute number of posts, and only by a few hundred posts, otherwise it wouldn't crack the top 5, and isn't even in my top 10 in terms of percent of activity stats.

Seems like a worthy goal though, I like it. I've visited the forums more in the last week than I have probably in any given month in the previous year+ (meaning... maybe 5 hours total in the last week?), and very much enjoyed the mini-resurgence of Mustachianism in me.
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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2019, 12:31:33 PM »
D'oh, all my pasts in the goodbye to the forum thread just went from "General Discussion" to "off topic"

Should've seen it coming :)

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2019, 08:44:11 AM »
Nereo, there are a couple if threads we're both active on.  I am always delighted at how clearly and diplomatically you express yourself. Confession: sometimes, particularly if the answer is complicated, I wait to see how you response. Often, you pen an answer that seems ripped right from my thoughts, except that your answer is far better than what I could have mustered.

Now you've done it again. For some time, I've noticed here are people with big, big journals that never seem to participate anywhere else. It kinda bugs me, but I couldn't figure out a non-dickish way to ask them to maybe pretty please onsider helping out others further down the FIRE escape ladder.

For the record, I don't see them on your list, which might underscore my point, and I'm not going to call them out here. I hope this thread results in more lively conversations.

I just want to say that it gives me the yippie-skippies to see someone get their shit together as a result of the support and encouragement they receive here. (See: @wooljaguar and @Eric222, who are both killing it. ) It feels so good to help others on their journey to FIRE. Really, everyone should try it. Take nereo up on this challenge, whether he pinged you or not.

And nereo, you did it again again. I didn't know about the "show stats" feature. I see I'm only #6 in Off Topic posts, so maybe I need to heed my own advice.

@arebelspy, maybe you just got pinged because everyone loves you.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2019, 08:58:40 AM »
I pinged @arebelspy because when he's not traveling he's active, and active everywhere, and because I want to be on "Team arebelspy", as he's both a fountain of knowledge and even-handed when discussing subjects with people whom might have a different viewpoint.

By all means invite others to this challenge.  I intentionally phrased it in a positive way (i.e. "post more in the main forums" intead of "stop posting as much in off-topic"), because I do see value in both, but this forum exists to find ways of living better lives through sensible financial choices, and to help others achieve the same.

Just over a week in and I've personally increased my postings in several of the 'main' forums. There's something about helping others that just leads to a warm and fuzzy feeling, vs. perpetual arguing about hot-button topics that leaves me usually feeling annoyed or anxious.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2019, 09:03:45 AM »
Hmmm, Off Topic is 4th down my list after General and Ask a Mustachian and basically tied for 5th with Mini Mustaches.

I'm not super interested in RE and don't feel like I have any helpful advice for people who are trying to be hardcore, but sure! I'll at least stay off the off-topics for a while.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2019, 09:15:05 AM »
Guilty.

I agree that "on topic" is the main purpose of the forum and helping other on their path to FI is rewarding. However, I do enjoy the interaction of other like minded people in the journals. I would hate to see the forum turn into a percentage based thing where you were banned just because your percentages of post were not balanced in favour of "on topic".   


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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2019, 06:21:52 PM »
I take your challenge and I just knocked it out of the park; noobs aren’t allowed to post the off topic threads anyway.

OT looks like a lot of politics to me. Which ranks below nose-picking in the the list of things I want to read more about. What happened to the days when people considered talking about politics to be rude?

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2019, 06:44:33 PM »
I looked at my profile, no surprises.  I do spend a lot of time in the Journals, not surprising.  I do post here.

I probably don't post as much as I might in Ask a Mustachian and Case Studies - I got burned a few time in Case studies, and most of the Ask a Mustachian stuff is on things I can't answer.  I do check them out!  I even started a thread in Throw Down the Gauntlet  (Planting/Growing Your Own 2019).

Plus as a retired barely before standard retirement age Canadian, I am kind of an outlier in the forum demographics.  But if anyone wants the opinion on something of a late 60-something, retired biologist, born in Quebec living in Ontario, female, divorced mother of 1, passionate gardener, I will give it.   ;-)

Buffalo Chip, I grew up in Quebec during the Quiet Revolution (la revolution tranquile) - politics was a main topic of conversation.   ;-)

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2019, 08:14:20 PM »
Plus as a retired barely before standard retirement age Canadian, I am kind of an outlier in the forum demographics.  But if anyone wants the opinion on something of a late 60-something, retired biologist, born in Quebec living in Ontario, female, divorced mother of 1, passionate gardener, I will give it.   ;-)

Buffalo Chip, I grew up in Quebec during the Quiet Revolution (la revolution tranquile) - politics was a main topic of conversation.   ;-)

Oh good. A fellow post 50 person to show these young whippersnappers a thing or two!  Pleased to meet you.

I’m not familiar with the quiet revolution in Quebec beyond what I quickly duck duck go’d. I’m more familiar with the so called Reagan revolution and US politics. Was very involved back in the day. Then I walked away. Had a “scales fell from my eyes” moment, and haven’t gone back. Find the whole politicL thing repugnant at this point, and am not shy about telling others about it

What type of biology?

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2019, 09:42:51 AM »
Plus as a retired barely before standard retirement age Canadian, I am kind of an outlier in the forum demographics.  But if anyone wants the opinion on something of a late 60-something, retired biologist, born in Quebec living in Ontario, female, divorced mother of 1, passionate gardener, I will give it.   ;-)

Buffalo Chip, I grew up in Quebec during the Quiet Revolution (la revolution tranquile) - politics was a main topic of conversation.   ;-)

Oh good. A fellow post 50 person to show these young whippersnappers a thing or two!  Pleased to meet you.

I’m not familiar with the quiet revolution in Quebec beyond what I quickly duck duck go’d. I’m more familiar with the so called Reagan revolution and US politics. Was very involved back in the day. Then I walked away. Had a “scales fell from my eyes” moment, and haven’t gone back. Find the whole politicL thing repugnant at this point, and am not shy about telling others about it

What type of biology?

Zoology/ecology mostly.

The quiet revolution basically changed Quebec from a very religious church-run society into a mostly secular society.  It made major changes to education (start of the CEGEPs). It probably also unleashed separatism, not because the sentiment wasn't always there, but because the church worked with the authorities to keep  everyone quiet and obedient.

My parents were children of the depression, or more accurately teens of the depression, so I grew up in a financially frugal household. Lots of what gets discussed here was second nature to them.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2019, 09:10:03 AM »
I'm going to belatedly take up this challenge. Off-topic is fun, but oftentimes seems to just serve as a self-affirming soundboard for one's own thoughts and feelings rather than any kind of productive discourse. On a related note, I think Off-Topic tends to increase my stress levels, which is not cool (it could just be me).

There's something about helping others that just leads to a warm and fuzzy feeling, vs. perpetual arguing about hot-button topics that leaves me usually feeling annoyed or anxious.

I see it's not just me. I'll finish any conversations I'm currently in, but intend to actively ignore all others at least for the rest of this month.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2019, 01:50:00 PM »
Plus as a retired barely before standard retirement age Canadian, I am kind of an outlier in the forum demographics.  But if anyone wants the opinion on something of a late 60-something, retired biologist, born in Quebec living in Ontario, female, divorced mother of 1, passionate gardener, I will give it.   ;-)

Buffalo Chip, I grew up in Quebec during the Quiet Revolution (la revolution tranquile) - politics was a main topic of conversation.   ;-)

Oh good. A fellow post 50 person to show these young whippersnappers a thing or two!  Pleased to meet you.

I’m not familiar with the quiet revolution in Quebec beyond what I quickly duck duck go’d. I’m more familiar with the so called Reagan revolution and US politics. Was very involved back in the day. Then I walked away. Had a “scales fell from my eyes” moment, and haven’t gone back. Find the whole politicL thing repugnant at this point, and am not shy about telling others about it

What type of biology?

Zoology/ecology mostly.

The quiet revolution basically changed Quebec from a very religious church-run society into a mostly secular society.  It made major changes to education (start of the CEGEPs). It probably also unleashed separatism, not because the sentiment wasn't always there, but because the church worked with the authorities to keep  everyone quiet and obedient.

My parents were children of the depression, or more accurately teens of the depression, so I grew up in a financially frugal household. Lots of what gets discussed here was second nature to them.

What type of habitats did you specialize in?

My mom was a single mom and money was extremely tight. As in “food on the table” tight.  So to me frugality and a dislike for debt are both pretty much second nature. With DW, similar upbringing but without the ph.D in poverty. All in all they were good life lessons, but sucked greatly at the time.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2019, 02:02:21 PM »
I'm going to belatedly take up this challenge. Off-topic is fun, but oftentimes seems to just serve as a self-affirming soundboard for one's own thoughts and feelings rather than any kind of productive discourse. On a related note, I think Off-Topic tends to increase my stress levels, which is not cool (it could just be me).

There's something about helping others that just leads to a warm and fuzzy feeling, vs. perpetual arguing about hot-button topics that leaves me usually feeling annoyed or anxious.

I see it's not just me. I'll finish any conversations I'm currently in, but intend to actively ignore all others at least for the rest of this month.

There’s a real theme here; discussion of news and hot-button topics makes us anxious and unhappy. But why would anyone want that?

Funny coincidence. I was listening to a Choose FI podcast and the guest was noting that when we’re angry or agitated, we tend to make more reckless or daring financial decisions which I suppose might be the underlying reason there is so much of this crap in the media. If people spend more when they’re angry, wouldn’t that be a good reason for continuing that media model?

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2019, 02:19:23 PM »
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If people spend more when they’re angry, wouldn’t that be a good reason for continuing that media model?

I think you might have just pin pointed why the media is the way it is!

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2019, 03:03:26 PM »
I've started to interact more with actual financial advice threads. My stats are overwhelmingly journals, but that's been cooling down. It's nice when you get a follow up, even if sometimes people disappear.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2019, 07:40:15 AM »
I've started to interact more with actual financial advice threads. My stats are overwhelmingly journals, but that's been cooling down. It's nice when you get a follow up, even if sometimes people disappear.
I love follow-ups like years later.
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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2019, 07:52:08 AM »
Ha, funny you posted this, although I'm not on the list. I decided some time ago to spend less time in the Off-Topic section and more time in other forum sections. Seems like a good challenge for anyone. 

Edit to add, just realized this is my 2000th comment. Maybe I spend too much time on here? Nah, it's a fun community!
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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2019, 08:00:45 AM »
Ha, funny you posted this, although I'm not on the list. I decided some time ago to spend less time in the Off-Topic section and more time in other forum sections. Seems like a good challenge for anyone.

Glad you could join us.  The list of course isn't all-inclusive, and everyone's invited to participate.

Half way through April and I've made just a few posts in the off-topic and probably doubled my participation elsewhere.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2019, 08:16:09 AM »
Well I will not be posting in off topic for awhile so can join this challenge ;-). It's actually helpful having less than 100 posts as it really helps control any immediate desire to post a response in an ongoing heated debate. It's like being forced to count to 10 to cool down and then walk away from an angry discussion.

ETA I'm also refraining from posting in journals as, while most are wonderful reads from inspiring people, they can be a huge time suck and I find it hard not to get involved in the convos so avoid most now.
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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2019, 01:55:19 PM »
Well I will not be posting in off topic for awhile so can join this challenge ;-). It's actually helpful having less than 100 posts as it really helps control any immediate desire to post a response in an ongoing heated debate. It's like being forced to count to 10 to cool down and then walk away from an angry discussion.

ETA I'm also refraining from posting in journals as, while most are wonderful reads from inspiring people, they can be a huge time suck and I find it hard not to get involved in the convos so avoid most now.

I’m in the same boat, but am rapidly approaching my 100 post threshold. So I can post off topic!!!!

Or not.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2019, 02:06:07 PM »
Well I will not be posting in off topic for awhile so can join this challenge ;-). It's actually helpful having less than 100 posts as it really helps control any immediate desire to post a response in an ongoing heated debate. It's like being forced to count to 10 to cool down and then walk away from an angry discussion.

ETA I'm also refraining from posting in journals as, while most are wonderful reads from inspiring people, they can be a huge time suck and I find it hard not to get involved in the convos so avoid most now.

I’m in the same boat, but am rapidly approaching my 100 post threshold. So I can post off topic!!!!

Or not.
I actually am a long term member and probably have a few billion posts (OK maybe a few thousand) but am crazy so deleted them all.

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Re: April: spend larger % of time posting in On-Topic forums
« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2019, 02:09:48 PM »
I actually am a long term member and probably have a few billion posts (OK maybe a few thousand) but am crazy so deleted them all.

Spartana's deleted more posts than 99.9% of active forum members have ever made. It's sad to see @spartana bumped back down to '5-o'clock shadow'
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« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2019, 02:13:52 PM »

I actually am a long term member and probably have a few billion posts (OK maybe a few thousand) but am crazy so deleted them all.

Spartana's deleted more posts than 99.9% of active forum members have ever made. It's sad to see @spartana bumped back down to '5-o'clock shadow'
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