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I'd like to write up an article -- prolly six or seven paragraphs -- to attract new participants on these message boards.

I'll advertise it on the daily and weekly BenefitsLink newsletters.

What is it about the message boards that causes you to participate -- i.e., to ask questions and post reply/answers? What have been the benefits for you?

Also, if you'd rather write the article instead (or co-write it), I'd be delighted to have a volunteer!

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1.  I like knowing that I am not the only one experiencing some of the issues presented.

2.  I have been able to help out others, and others have helped point me in the right direction.

3.  Daily reminders that there are very few things in our industry that are black and white.  

4.  I often see things addressed here before other message boards catch up them.

Pamela L. (Bobersky) Shoup CEBS, RPA, QKA

AMI Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc.

100 Terra Bella Drive

Youngstown, Ohio 44505



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Yep.  Also, I've been known to use it as a research tool.  For example, when I can't remember what reg to look for, i might get a useful prompt from someone else's comment(s).

I'm a retirement actuary. Nothing about my comments is intended or should be construed as investment, tax, legal or accounting advice. Occasionally, but not all the time, it might be reasonable to interpret my comments as actuarial or consulting advice.

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Dave, As a solo practitioner in the labor and employee benefits sector since ERISA's enactment (closing on 50 years) , I've come to rely on Benlinks to: 1) keep me apprised of current issues and developments ; and 2) provide access to problems and their resolutions encountered by other experienced practitioners . I've always found that Benlinks levels the playing field between we solos and those extraordinarily competent 100 attorney firms.

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Dave, I agree with the earlier comments too.  But in particular for me, I have found this forum to be more professional.  Some of the other forums I belong to come across as teenagers yelling at each other or at times providing useless information that they believe is accurate but is not.  BTW, I am a group health guy so there is not as much for me here, but what is here does tend to be helpful.

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Hi Dave - I like the fact that I can get different views/takes on situations (including situations I may not have experienced yet) and, as others have mentioned, that you can be brought to clarity on issues where you may not have been seeing the big picture.  Been doing pension administration for a long time and appreciate that interaction between posters, moderators, etc.   Lighthearted moments help too every now and again although it has been hard without Mr. Poje :)!



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I have learned more on these boards than any credential program I have gone through. Those programs are excellent, but it is impossible for them to cover the amount of information that comes through these message boards. There are some incredibly intelligent commenters that I have come to trust over the years (I know that is scary based on a message board, but it is true). They have helped me more than they will ever know and I am grateful to them (all of you!!). 

Thank you!!!

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Fun to read; almost always learn something; feel helpful when I can participate in responding to someone's problem or question!


Patricia Neal Jensen, JD

Vice President and Nonprofit Practice Leader

|Future Plan, an Ascensus Company

21031 Ventura Blvd., 12th Floor

Woodland Hills, CA 91364

E patricia.jensen@futureplan.com

P 949-325-6727

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