I used to post a lot on various TMF boards, but have not done much posting in the last year or more, although I still follow several of them.
I am a lurker on this board, but enjoy it immensely. It is generally my go-to board at the Fool for info when something big happens with stocks I know are, or will likely be, discussed here.
I also come here, of course, for the lively discussions full of valuable insight and information on investing and the general company-specific stocks.
I have recently printed all three sections of the Knowledgebase so that I can study it more easily.
As others have, I have noted an increase in the more casual, conversational, and/or off-topic posts on this board.
I thought I would throw out a possible solution for your consideration.
It occurs to me that these OT discussions are a normal and foreseeable extension of the friendships and comeraderie that flow from the kind of daily interactions we see here. We tend to start thinking of each other as friends, or at least friendly acquaintances, and so we quite normally gravitate toward sharing more of ourselves, our thoughts, fears, and goals… As well as friendly advice on various life topics.
It also occurs to me that merely posting these off-topic discussions elsewhere in the realm may seem more like flinging them to the wind and hoping that the audience being sought will somehow find them amongst the plethora of (albeit mostly great, but still numerous) other Fool boards out there.
So… to feed that inclination for off-topic discussions but still have discussions with “Saul’s Board friends” that have developed, what about starting a new board for Saul adherents to discuss all the stuff OTHER than direct information on Saul-type growth stocks?
It could be called Saul’s Collective or some such.
Then this board could be reserved for its original purpose, and the desire for OT discussions could also take place on a board dedicated to that, where the OT posts would be aggregated and easy to find for “Saul’s friends” who wish to do so.
I also recognize that some here would not wish to partake of that board, preferring to concentrate on growth-stock commentary only, and that would be okay, too.