Hey guys, this is an enormously popular board, and trying to keep order is an overwhelming job for me and my assistants. Sure, sometimes we err and speak up on borderline cases like the recent one, but that’s life. We do try to concentrate our attention on the more flagrant cases. Last week we had to delete four posts, and one guy got himself barred not just from posting on our board, but barred forever from all Motley Fool boards.
I’m sure we make mistakes, but the reason you have seen more posts recently pointing out deviations from board rules is that we have so many more total posters, and so many more new posters who don’t yet realize that our board is for discussing individual growth stocks. We are trying to keep this board from being destroyed, which would hurt all of us greatly, even the complainers. I think it would break the hearts of most posters on the board, as well as being bad for our portfolios.
As far as the benefits of keeping the board on topic, the NPI board pretty much allows all topics. You’d expect a lot more posts there than here, and there used to be a lot more. When I took a look in mid-August or so, we had had 900 posts in the previous thirty days and they had had about 45 posts (with a quarter of them not even about investing). That’s 45 compared to 900. So much for the benefits of a board that is open to all topics.
I read things here recently like:
The board is getting tiresome with the constant public berations and beatdowns associated with perceived deviances from board rules…
Well, if you don’t like it here I’m sure you can find other places to post. No one is forcing you to stay if you object to the Rules of the Board, but the Rules of the Board will STAY.
Best wishes, and please try to be understanding, instead of complaining.