Let me thank you for your incredible generosity in hosting this board and the huge amount of work you put into it, totally free of charge. We all benefit from this invaluable gift. So far you have shown remarkable patience with the constant slew of one-liners and irrelevant, off-topic posts. My fear is that one day you’ve had enough, your patience runs out, and you leave us to our own devices. It will be the death of this board. I sincerely hope posters will show you the respect and appreciation you deserve by heeding your rules so you can carry on teaching us.
In my view Saul’s Investing Discussions is your digital home. You are the host, your rules apply. We are only your guests and should behave accordingly. Would any of the posters who blatantly disregard or argue about Saul’s Rules tolerate a guest in their own home who argues with her or him (or the servant) about their specific house rule, such as “No Smoking” or “No Shoes?” I doubt it.
It grieves me that you have to waste your precious time and repeat ad infinitum the rules of your board and have them repeatedly ignored and disrespected despite the combined efforts of you and your assistant board managers as well as several posters who help to limit off-topic posts. Thanks to all who help.
What I have noted (checking the last 99 posts) is that most of the off-topic posters fall into four groups:
- newbies who haven’t bothered to check out what the Fool offers,
- old-timers who haven’t bothered to read the rules,
- old-timers who do not subscribe to the Motley Fool, are not aware of the extraordinary support available on the TMF paid services but feel compelled to answer these off-topic posts, specifically requested to be answered off-board if at all,
- non-TMF subscribers who swing by a number of boards contributing very little if any useful information to any of them.
As we (Saul and crew) have discussed before and outlined in For Investing Novices (https://discussion.fool.com/for-investing-novices-34193680.aspx), new investors would definitely benefit from a subscription to The Motley Fool, the company who generously supports this board. Many of the recent off-topic posters don’t seem to know that The Motley Fool paid services offer all the support and information anybody would want on investing, including portfolio management, when to buy or sell, and so on.
There are two paid TMF services focused on rapidly growing companies:
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- Rule Breakers Service, https://www.fool.com/premium/rule-breakers/
Both services have specific boards devoted to basic investment questions and portfolio management. Their knowledgeable paid staff is very good at responding to specific questions and situations. They will take the time to answer in detail any questions a novice investor may have.
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see write up for Guardant Health, https://www.fool.com/premium/rule-breakers/coverage/1069/cov…
• Guardant Health - What Could Go Right (and Wrong), https://www.fool.com/premium/rule-breakers/coverage/1069/cov…
• Buy Roku, Buy Roku, Rule Breakers, 2019-07-11, includes three paragraphs on Risks and When We’d Sell.
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To all posters, please respect Saul’s Rules of the Board and don’t expect to be spoonfed, https://discussion.fool.com/rules-of-the-board-34280217.aspx. To all new investors and those new to the Fool, please read “For Board Newcomers,” https://discussion.fool.com/for-board-newcomers-34263032.aspx. Use the threaded function to see if a post has already been answered and don’t use your smart phone to toss one-liners onto this board. Thank you. Your cooperation is sorely needed.
And Saul, thank you again for your invaluable gift.
I. M. Young (one of the assistant board managers)