The last few months this board has exploded with new posters. Our little corner of the internet is experiencing some growth pains mostly due to people’s very well intentioned excitement about the community. Unfortunately I think that excitement is leading to a lot of superfluous posts. First I’d like to start with some numbers.
Here are the number of posts per month by year:
2018 1550 (currently)
2018 is pretty remarkable, we started at 1155 posts/month, jumped to 1400 5 months in, and are now at 1550-ish a month. we have seen a 94% increase in posts in 7 months This huge growth has happened even as Saul and others have tried to keep discussions on topic. Also many of us are posting less so as not to gum up the boards
I personally feel that our time and Saul’s time is wasted by him having to spend time moderating the boards. We have talked a little bit about this offline. I will be actively helping him do this going forward.
Before posting ask yourself if your post is adding anything of value to the discussion.
Examples of posts that don’t add value: Most posts about minor price movements. Me too posts “i bought some too!” , one line posts are rarely helpful,
Keep your replies on topic
Our board is about high growth high return companies and the investment philosophy behind them. There are many different investing philosophy’s out there that are great. Please discuss those on the appropriate board.
Examples of this: Options, turn around stories, political posts
Don’t be afraid to take your discussion offline
When a discussion becomes a conversation between two people that doesn’t really contain useful information for the rest of us take the conversation offline. There is a little check box that sends your reply to the person you are replying to. Hit that, have a great discussion. If something comes up that would be interesting to the rest of us then post that on the boards. Make sure you don’t post someone that the person you are talking to would consider private If in doubt ask…then post.
Please, please do a google search before posting a question
We are all busy and have other lives. Inappropriate question, “what is a p/e ratio”. Appropriate question, “ I don’t understand why the p/e ratio for x company isn’t as important as the ev/s” .
Here are some other message board etiquette links that I think are helpful.
A nice little infographic that is worth glancing at.
A nice succinct post guide from another forum I enjoy
The Motley Fool’s guidelines