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Feb 24th, 2006, 03:15 PM
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Who can forget Alice Twain?
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Feb 24th, 2006, 04:43 PM
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That's it, willit. I missed that at slowtrav?
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Feb 25th, 2006, 04:27 AM
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I think that time has blurred your archival memory, viajro...

The oldest posts are from August 1996; thre are none from earlier than that. They are (presently) a bit more than 200000 posts back. I choose not to give individual URLs, in order that I do NOT make it easir for othrs to "mess" with the "ancients" (by topping them, for example).

My own first posts were over three years later.

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Feb 25th, 2006, 04:35 AM
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>Some time ago Rex did some sort of research and learned that Ira had posted more than anyone else.<

True, but that's because I usually have to post a PS.


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Feb 25th, 2006, 04:35 AM
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PS,

If I didn't have to post PSs, I would have 1/2 the number of posts.

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Feb 25th, 2006, 06:08 AM
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Well, actually, no... ira... my tallying has nothing to do with the true number of posts (i.e., counts multiple posts as one on the same thread) - - it only identifies the number of threads on which you have at least one post.

It has been suggested (but almost impossible to verify with currently available tools) that I may have posted more WORDS on the Europe forum - - could be true for at least two reasons:

1) your posts contain more instances of only "ttt" or "topping" than mine (just my impression)... and

2) you post more often on forum web pages other than the Europe forum alone (I have posted fewer than a few dozen times on the US and other forum pages).

Since registration, I have posted on roughly 6700 threads (over 11000 total, counting back to 1999 - - I can identify this because I have always used rbmd in e-mail address, and that remains searchable, even though it is not displayed on pre-registration posts).

Since registration (in Jan 2003), you have made nearly 17000 posts; doing a text search of your name "ira" (and this restricts the results to the Europe forum, if the search is initiated on the Europe forum) seems to make the numbers harder to understand - - you have _fewer_ than 11000 (of those 16000+ threads) on the Europe forum since registration, and only about 200 more, when the search is conducted all the way back to 1997.

Thus, the hypothesis that I have posted more _words_ here on the Europe forum seems to be plausible, but I know of no easy way to come up with data to answer the question one way or the other.

As if it matters...


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Feb 25th, 2006, 06:21 AM
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I'd really like to see some of the early posts but don't have the time to do a proper search. At the same time, I agree with Rex and don't like to have all those early posts topped.

I wish they'd archive the "early" posts; de-activate the post-a-reply botton so they can be viewed only. Some posts are topped and some end up being deleted when disagreements start and we lose a little bit of the "history" here.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 06:23 AM
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OMG Dr. Abate
And the limericks ....
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Feb 25th, 2006, 07:00 AM
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LOL, that does go back a ways... I wrote some of those lyrics! I can't find the karate/Abate thread back though.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 08:59 AM
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...Elvira. Who could ever forget Elvira?

I've been here since the winter 1997, stumbling across the site while researching my first trip to Italy in the spring of 1998. That's long enough to remember the highly controversial Dr. Abate.

Now for a question: Has any thread reached 1000 responses yet? I'm keeping my eye on the "What are you reading now" thread which has 732 replies. Are there threads with more?
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Feb 25th, 2006, 09:11 AM
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Given to curiosity, I sent an email to the folks at HQ asking them to post to this thread info about the very first post--who, when, etc.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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Betsy

There is a thread on Other Topics with a whopping 890 posts!

Wine-O's Only! started in 2003 and still going strong...

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34415962
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Feb 25th, 2006, 11:04 AM
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Do you guys remember the Fodor's pin? I still have mine! I did wear it in Spain, France, and Belgium, almost lost it in Amsterdam and that's when it went back to storage. I reckon one day it will be a collectible; who knows, I may be able to pay a year in Provence with what I make selling it....
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Feb 25th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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Yes! I have a Fodor's pin, and it's among my most precious possessions for it's provenance. Remember the outpouring of emotion from those who received torn and/or empty envelopes because the pin punched through?

I've worn the pin in Europe but have not been approached by anyone who recognized it.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 12:34 PM
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trip advisor has that same feature on their forum where it shows when you joined and how many posts you have contributed.

fodor's pre-registration was a different beast ten post-registration, not better or worse in my opinion but different.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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hiya fodorites! how do you get your pins? i would wear mine with pride,
if i had 1.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 03:55 PM
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Ira - ROTFLMAO!! TWICE!!

Mara, I came on about the same time as you - mine was late Feb '01 researching my very 1st trip to Paris & London. Wes Fowler (God bless his soul) & Ben Haines helped me with an issue about the Gatwick Express. I've always been grateful.

My favorite early name was Martha Python. Such a clever name. Wonder if she's still around posting under another nom de plume.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 08:06 PM
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viajera says 1993. Rex says the records show not until 1996. But perhaps there are no records of the very earliest postings?
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Feb 26th, 2006, 04:48 AM
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I have looked for my postings pre-1996, couldn't find any. As a matter of fact, all postings under the old format are gone. There was a memorable one, hilarious about the French. I wished now I had made a copy.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 06:47 AM
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My first post was July 10, 1998.
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