I posted this in another thread a little earlier:
As I have started this thread so the topic can be discussed further, I would like to add a few more thoughts:If you volunteer information about your holdings, or your buy/sell decisions, then you need to be ready to have others question them, or even criticise them, if they feel inclined to comment on it. Everything you post is up for discussion. If you do not wish for your holdings or buy/sell decisions to be discussed then please do not volunteer the information. It cannot be simpler than that.
Conversely, if someone has not posted anything about their holdings or their buy/sell decisions then it is simply not up for discussion. Do not ask for details, do not make assumptions or accusations, and do not level any criticism. Just stick to discussing the stock and leave others out of it.
Comments, analysis or criticism of someone's holdings or buy/sell decisions should not take the form of advice. You should not be telling others when to buy or sell or which stocks to buy or sell. However, you are entitled to offer your opinion based on the information that they have voluntarily posted. Any opinion, whether critical or not, should be constructive and not take the form of a personal attack or insult. There is only one way that ends, and that is pointless, off topic bickering.
There has also been some controversy in the past where people have accused others of lying about their holdings or their entry/exit points. If there is evidence that someone has not told the truth or has mislead others, and this evidence can be found in their posts, then I feel it's a fair point to make. However, I do not wish to see random accusations, without any foundation, made against other ASF members. If you feel someone is not telling the truth then perhaps the best way to deal with it initially is by contacting them privately by PM and asking for clarification. Sometimes, posted information can be misinterpreted or misunderstood and I think it's wise to give people the benefit of the doubt until there is clear evidence to the contrary.
If anyone would like to comment, or ask questions, please feel free to do so.