Or I should say in this forum: Off of whom one bounces ideas. Weaker than a co-author or collaborator. Not a confidant (no element of privacy or secrecy). Friend is too broad. Suggestions?

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    I'm incredibly tempted to call them a rubber duck, although I'm fairly certain that's limited exclusively to a programming context. – SomethingDark May 8 '17 at 1:01
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    If this was in a professional setting, you might call them consultants. – Lawrence May 8 '17 at 1:05
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    By the way, regarding the title, dropping "of" would do. – Lawrence May 8 '17 at 1:09

I would say sounding board.

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sounding%20board


In an artistic context, muse might fit the bill:

Source: http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/124057 (2.c.)

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