I participate in a couple online via LinkedIn - mainly professional
groups (ie. the CFP group on there).
I do believe that MIFP could be an extremely valuable resource where
professionals (myself and a couple of other regulars - and anyone else
who wants to join us!) can interact with *non*-professionals, without
it being either a spam quagmire, or ongoing flamewar. But Usenet (and
even old-fashioned e-mail lists) are just not doing as well as
web-based things. I find that unfortunate - I really like this
structure a lot.
All it takes, I believe, is more regular topics to be posted. I
started to copy here contents of blog posts I put up on my own site,
but I was a bit afraid that it would be spammy - I'm not here just to
get people to visit my site, but it could appear that I was trying to
use MIFP in that way and I'm very wary of any such appearance.
If folks are okay with it, I'll start copying in things I post to my
blog, links to other stories I see, etc. in the hopes of sparking a
little more discussion.
I'm happy to moderate as I have been doing, but it would really help if
some others (thanks, btw, Beliavsky - recent contributions noted!)
would post thoughts, questions, etc.
David S. Meyers, CFP® http://www.MeyersMoney.com
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I like a few of the LinkedIn groups as well. Etiquette is interesting,
as the unmoderated groups easily see threads get hijacked. I think it's
fine to self-promote a bit as long as the article is interesting enough
to start a good discussion. Loading one up of my own shortly, here.