None of that (whatever it was) happened here at the NFBs, so I don't see any constructive reason to rehash it unless and until a problem arises here.
You are new here, Beachbumz. The reality is that the intercst matter is of deadly relevance to this board. This board was formed by people trying to escape intercst. That was the entire point. There were a number of fine posters who were seeking to have on-topic discussions in peace, and they started this place to make that possible.
Ataloss didn't go along with that idea. And eventually Ataloss dragged raddr over to the dark side, and then Wanderer and so on. Check out the Post Archives of the FIRE board. This was a very happening place in the days before the DCMs burned this board to the ground so that we could continue to cover up the errors that intercst made in the REHP study.
Here's a thread from the very early days of the FIRE board. Check out what people at this board were saying re the intercst matter at that time. You would think that it was an entire community of hocuses.
Raddr: "history won't repeat exactly the same way which is why you have to take a study like that done at REHP with a large grain of salt."
Wanderer: "I bet someone would argue that you are therefore "predicting something worse than the past" whatever the f that means. LOL. "
BenSolar: "Funny! You would definitely get that response elsewhere, as well as the other stock defense: "Well, even 0% wouldn't help if an asteroid hit."
Wanderer: "That's another part of the misdirection and deception - anyone who questions 4% is "hysterical", overly obsessive abt control.
"Did someone ever respond to your challenge abt knowingly misdirecting the debate when you called him on it? "
BenSolar: "Nope. Apparently my more nettlesome posts are better left unanswered. "
Wanderer: "i give the 4% rule it's due: about 15 seconds of thought.....i left because i couldn't convince someone to change his claustrophobic mind on an asset class that represents 50% of us market cap. apparently knowingly misquoting the return for 2 years had nothing to do with it. deception, misdirection... copare his response to a "problem" to that of jwr... bizarre. "
In those days there was none of this business of raddr smearing JWR1945 and Ataloss smearing hocus and all the rest. We were a family, a group of people working together to learn what it takes to win financial freedom early in life. We were learning together and we were having fun together.
The poison here was the deception, just as it was at the Motley Fool board. Deception has poisoned our discussions at every board community at which it has been employed to block honest and informed threads from developing in a natural way.