Anyone else tired of Bogleheads?

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  • Avatar cbc 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 14
    Joined: 08/01/2017

    The Bogleheads forum used to be interesting and thought provoking.

    Now it feels like a support group for grumpy old men.

    Recent topics:
    -at least 30 threads on “invest vs pay off zero interest debt” (pay off the debt, of course)
    -inane debate on the merits of the Toyota Corolla vs Subaru Forrester vs Vanilla Wafers
    -a middle age man who needed a leather jacket to woo a 24y/o into the sack (ok this one was interesting)
    -best ink pen that won’t soil your Dockers
    -how to use Uber with a flip phone

    Anyone else feel the same way?

    Oh, and Get Off My Lawn!

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    Avatar MaxPower 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 352
    Joined: 02/22/2016

    I stopped going to Bogleheads except very rarely after they let several doctor-bashing threads go on for far too long a couple of years ago.

    There is a huge anti-physician bias on there, and it has gotten progressively worse since I used to read over there during residency call nights 7-8 years ago. The only type of person more despised on that forum than a physician is a whole life salesman.

    Also, how many times can you debate the merits of international or no international, a 3-fund portfolio, index investing, and anecdotes on personal consumer items before the forum implodes? Bogleheads is about at that point.

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    Avatar G 
    Status: Physician, Small Business Owner
    Posts: 1799
    Joined: 01/08/2016

    Yup. Every once in awhile I’ll search for info there, but the “those greedy doctor” diatribes were beyond the freakin pale.

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    ENT Doc ENT Doc 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 3500
    Joined: 01/14/2017

    I wouldn’t be so quick to knock them. I’ve had some high level questions addressed there, and I like the consumer item section of the forum. Their wiki is a great resource.

    As for the doctor stuff, I’ve seen a little bit of negative stuff but nothing I’d consider egregious. I’m sure some threads were absurd, and I trust what others say they’ve seen. I find it more offensive TBH when doctors here suggest I should be forced into government employment. I’d expect them to know better or use their intellect to come up with alternative solutions.

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    Avatar Larry Ragman 
    Status: Other Professional
    Posts: 614
    Joined: 08/30/2018

    Oddly enough, I never got into Bogleheads. This is mostly because I found WCI first, and Jim distilled the Bogleheads philosophy and packaged it in a few useful and accessible ways. I tried checking out Bogleheads a few times, along with other financial blogs, but I did not find the format to be as user friendly. Anyway, only so much time in the day.

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    Avatar Larry Ragman 
    Status: Other Professional
    Posts: 614
    Joined: 08/30/2018

    I wouldn’t be so quick to knock them. I’ve had some high level questions addressed there, and I like the consumer item section of the forum. Their wiki is a great resource.

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    I agree that particular issues are addressed well there, and the wiki can be helpful (though not so much that it is my first choice).

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    Avatar fasteddie911 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 304
    Joined: 05/31/2016

    I still enjoy bogleheads.  That’s what started me on my financial education years ago. I think it’s a pretty clean, thoughtful, high-level discussion forum, much better than most, imo.  Of course it’s a range of quality and knowledge, and I filter things and ignore many posts, just because I think it’s dumb or redundant post doesn’t mean it’s not useful for someone. Same can be said of this forum.  I don’t notice a significant anti-doctor slant and those often get tampered down quickly by the many doctors on there, but maybe I’m just not as sensitive to that.  But again it’s no different than the anti-lawyer, anti-financial planner, etc. perspective shown there, here or elsewhere.

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 1806
    Joined: 02/11/2019

    I found Bogleheads through WCI.  I find the Wiki pages very helpful as a beginner.  I rarely search that forum because they have a longer history and can provide some historical context that this newer forum cannot yet.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    Vagabond MD Vagabond MD 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 3469
    Joined: 01/21/2016

    I rarely visit the forums, mostly when I have the urge to deep dive into a geeky investment topic. I do not get those urges much anymore.

    "Wealth is the slave of the wise man and the master of the fool.” -Seneca the Younger

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    Avatar Peds 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 4405
    Joined: 01/08/2016
    Earnest refinancing bonus

    Very much so. No longer participate and only use to search.

    However it is incredibly important to developing a base understanding of personal finance that cannot be matched.

    The wiki also can answer 90+% of needed questions.

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    SerrateAndDominate SerrateAndDominate 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 486
    Joined: 02/01/2018

    I’ve been wanting to explore that site more but haven’t because I know I’ll spend a ton of time there. My time is limited enough now finishing last fellowship. I think each forum can be its own echo chamber. I mean, how many times can we hear about special circumstances to keep whole life, how do I set up a Roth, etc? Redundancy comes with the territory. It’s not a bad thing. Some things need to be reinforced since they’re constantly asked.

    Earn everything.

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    Avatar mjohnson 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 49
    Joined: 05/05/2019

    I like Bogleheads for the most part, with any of these forums/blogs they get repetitive.  I just read, don’t participate.  Agree with above that doctor bashing on that site is horrid.  One was a thread about trying to “talk” to a doctor, ie office visit without paying that went on forever.  The other was someone that didn’t want to have to pay for his child to see a pediatric cardiologist with an echo, they acted insulted that this visit would actually cost anything.


    Same with mrmoneymustache, I like to read here and there, but don’t participate.

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    CordMcNally CordMcNally 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 2806
    Joined: 01/03/2017

    I still go there once every few weeks and will read any threads that seem interesting. I’m more turned off by the heavy-handed moderation than anything.

    “But investing isn’t about beating others at their game. It’s about controlling yourself at your own game.”
    ― Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor

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    Zzyzx Zzyzx 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 198
    Joined: 09/24/2018

    love it, the leverage discussions and Hedgefundie’s adventure are insightful.  you’re reading the wrong posts

    It’s psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I’ll get a saw.

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    Avatar Phantasos 
    Status: Physician
    Posts: 86
    Joined: 01/06/2016

    I agree… it may have lost some shine, until Hedgefundie came along.

    "The problem with internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" - Abraham Lincoln, 1864

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